Are You Pissed That Your iPad 3 Is Now Obsolete? [Poll]

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  • joel1510

    I dont see the iPad 3 on the website which means if you break its going to be swapped with the 4

  • ksdulin

    No, Its only a spec bump, very similar to how Apple routinely updates their computer lineup with better specs every 6 or so months

  • Whodakat

    Quit whining. A new version doesn’t make something obsolete, it just means its not the absolute best. My three year old still rocks my 1st gen iPad and i works like a champ.

  • matrix3D

    I dont see the iPad 3 on the website which means if you break its going to be swapped with the 4

    I wouldn’t be too sure about that. Apple typically keeps refurbished product stock around for two years or so in case they need to swap it out for a customer who has AppleCare+. The one exception to this was when they began running out of iPhone 4 stock earlier this year (or last year) and began swapping it out for the 4S.

  • brpepper

    Hardly obsolete.

  • ElWeroOjiverde

    I really don´t like that a new model appeared so fast, and I barely use my iPad, so I´ll consider on selling it and never buy a new one.

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    I still don’t see a reason to upgrade from iPad 2.

  • asteng88

    It’s not like my iPad 3rd Gen is going to stop working now the 4th Gen has appeared. I’m very happy with my iPad and see no reason to upgrade it. Technology has to advance.
    Makes sense to launch everything with tha same dock connector as well.

  • Kylerjai

    Obsolete? Do the apps no longer work?

  • markrlangston

    At first blush I was confused and kind of frustrated but after the smoke cleared I realized that this was Apple’s plan all along. No doubt consumers that bought the iPad yesterday may feel a little bummed but it’s possible that Apple will extend a mea culpa and let new iPad customers upgrade to the new, new iPad but keep it hush-hush.

    My theory is that this time next year we’ll get an updated iPad and updated iPad mini keeping their refresh rate the same.

    This also ensures that all the latest iOS devices are rocking the new lightning connector thereby encouraging OEMs to make devices with the new connector.

    In a few weeks no one will care and we’ll go back to digging up dirt on the iPhone 5 S

  • DanBoltron

    Apple got in a mess in the UK and Australia for their LTE chip not working on the LTE frequencies in those countries. They got in trouble for advertising LTE in those countries when the frickin’ iPad would not even catch LTE there. SO, they HAD to update the iPad with the new LTE chip, and so then why not (while you’re changing production to integrate the new chip anyway) give the rest a bump while you have the A6X already developed as well? That’s my 2 cents…

  • DanBoltron

    Apple got in a mess in the UK and Australia for their LTE chip not working on the LTE frequencies in those countries. They got in trouble for advertising LTE in those countries when the frickin’ iPad would not even catch LTE there. SO, they HAD to update the iPad with the new LTE chip, and so then why not (while you’re changing production to integrate the new chip anyway) give the rest a bump while you have the A6X already developed as well? That’s my 2 cents…

  • technochick

    The iPad 3rd gen is hardly obsolete. It isn’t going to suddenly stop working now that one thing else is out.

  • technochick

    At first blush I was confused and kind of frustrated but after the smoke cleared I realized that this was Apple’s plan all along. No doubt consumers that bought the iPad yesterday may feel a little bummed but it’s possible that Apple will extend a mea culpa and let new iPad customers upgrade to the new, new iPad but keep it hush-hush.

    New tech comes out. Apple won’t apologize for that. They make no promises about times between new releases

    And there will be no hush hush. Managers have always had leeway to extend returns if you got something within 14 days of an announcement even if the release is a week or two later.

  • technochick

    I dont see the iPad 3 on the website which means if you break its going to be swapped with the 4

    Service stock is independent of retail stock. They still make older products and parts until the laws requiring service have past. So no. You break an iPad 3rd gen you’ll get the same.

  • flitzy

    How is it obsolete? No one is forced to buy a new phone, tablet, or computer just because a new one comes out. It’s no different then waiting a year between phones. The 3 still works and so does the 4.

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