50% Of iPad 3 Owners Are Mad That Apple Released The iPad 4

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Over 45% of iPad owners are a little upset that Apple announced the iPad 4 on Tuesday. Even though the iPad 4 is a small spec bump, the iPad 3 has only been on the market for six months, making some iPad 3 owners feel like they got screwed out of having the latest and greatest iPad.

Toluna QuickSurveys conducted a study involving 2000 iPad owners, and they discovered that  50% of iPad 4 owners are upset about the launch of the iPad 4, followed by 45% of iPad 2 owners and 40% of first-generation iPad owners being upset as well.

We conducted our own poll immediately following the keynote – which we’ve reposted at the top of this article – and were surprised to find that as of writing this, 5,164 out of the 9,194 iPad 3 owners were mad that there iPad 3 is now “obsolete”

The announcement of the iPad 4 came as a shock to many, even though the iPad 4 is just a small spec bump that gives the iPad the processing power of the iPhone 5 and a Lightning connector. Other than that, the iPad 3 and iPad 4 are indistinguishable.

Toluna QuickSurveys also found that consumers are ready to purchase the iPad mini. 15% of those surveyed said they will definitely buy the iPad mini, while 32% said they will “probably buy it” and 21% said they will purchase the iPad mini as a holiday gift.

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  • a_w_young

    I bought mine last month, and now they’re telling me I could have had a processor that’s 30-50% faster and faster wifi among other things for the same price.

    Haters like to call us all whiners, but I feel quite justified in being angry. I called them and the store I bought it from and none of them will do anything for me. I spent months researching tablets for some niche needs I have. It would have been nice if they could have at least warned me somehow, but no.

  • scottasavage

    While I bought my 3rd Gen iPad the day they came out in April, I’m a little more miffed by the fact that they shifted the product cycle for the iPads again. One of my favorite things about Apple is that I could usually plan a yearly upgrade for my i-devices.

    Not that the 4th Gen iPad is much of an upgrade. I’m fine with my 3rd Gen, so I guess I’ll just wait till next October for the 5th Gen.

  • technochick

    This is such totally trumped up hyperbolic bullshit that Buster needs to be fired and Leander needs to publicly apologize for this tripe and how the constant posting of it by Buster and a handful of others has turned this site to utter crap

    It is a survey that found 1000 pissed off folks OUT OF MILLIONS. That is so unsound it is pointless. Posting it as some kind of fact is an embarrassment. I know Buster hasn’t claimed o be a journalist but really that is not an excuse for posting utter lies even as a blogger. This kind of stunt is why bloggers are treated like scum worse that tabloid writers

  • technochick

    I bought mine last month, and now they’re telling me I could have had a processor that’s 30-50% faster and faster wifi among other things for the same price.

    Does it still do what you wanted it for? Yes likely it does. So. Yes you are a whiner.

    Tech changes, new things come out and you aren’t entitled to return something beyond the policy returns because of your obsessed need to pump up your ego by always having the latest and greatest. If it is that important to you, sell the ‘old’ one on eBay or such.

  • Buster

    @a_w_young if you bought it within the last 30 days you can take it back to the Apple Store and get a full refund.

  • gnomehole

    The extra CPU won’t really help that much. I think those that own the iPhone 5 would appreciate the new cable, otherwise I see this as a .5 release. I’m always up to have the latest gadget but I’m not upset at all and not eager to upgrade. I’ll wait ot see what comes out spring/summer 2013.

    There is never a bad time to buy an Apple product. They hold their value well. If you are so upset you want the latest, consider selling yours and buying a new one. Yea you might be out a few $ but if thats what it takes to learn that technology moves forward and products get outdated go for it.

    Apple owes people nothing. let them upgrade their product when they see fit. Yea, its a gamble when its not predictable but I’d personally rather see technology update than let it become stagnant. The competitors are releasing new stuff faster and faster and Apple needs to also be able to stay ahead.

  • thegraphicmac

    I’m laughing my ass off at people who feel “burned” because they bought a product 6 months ago, and now feel that their e-penis has been lopped-off because a newer one is available. 6 months ago, what you bought was more than fine for you or you wouldn’t have purchased it. But now, all of a sudden, it’s a piece of shit because your ego can’t handle that somewhere, somebody has a newer one.

  • KateMacVerde

    As an iPhone 5 purchaser, I had come to terms with the fact that my iPad and iPhone would have different charge connectors. I have an adapter for when I need it and everything was kosher. I’m pissed because now the iPad 4 comes out with Lightning. I wish the iPhone didn’t have to be the device that debuted Lightning, because the iPhone announcement was expected. This new iPad announcement was not expected and I don’t see why they couldn’t have announced Lightning with the iPad 3 when we KNEW the iPad had a refresh.

  • CocoaNative

    Oh, please… Our iPad 3s are just as good and capable as the day we decided they were worth their purchase price. You have some seriously flawed beliefs if you thought you bought any guarantee that Apple wouldn’t improve its products for some period of time.

    If you must have such a guarantee, you could try to negotiate a (probably very expensive) agreement with Apple, or go the much cheaper route of just purchasing the newest thing every time one is released.

  • CharilaosMulder

    I bought my iPhone 4 2 years ago and I’m mad that the 4S came out, now the 5 and I’m sure there will be more. I’m mad Apple makes progress. Wait, does that even make sense?

  • troopersam

    I’m not upset because my iPad suddenly became less capable. I am a bit upset because Apple made my iPad less valuable, and with none of the traditional warning.

    Typically, we know how long the product cycle is, and we can prepare by selling our current device, or decide to keep it. But Tuesday hit us with a new product release that nobody had even speculated about. Good for Apple, but not so good for us.

  • BrainGameMayhem

    “Yes, I bought an iPad, so Apple should wait until *I’m* ready for them to release a new one!” Your money spent on your iPad is called spilled milk, people. Stupid.

  • ScotHibb

    What the announcement of the iPad 4 and the discontinued production of the iPad 3 means to me: I can soon throw my 64GB iPad 3 into oncoming traffic and demand the new iPad 4 model from AppleCare+.

    AppleCare+ promises a brand spanking new replacement for lost, damaged, or smashed-to-bits-in-highway-traffic devices covered in each plan (which is why I always cover my new devices). Not a refurb, a brand new model.

    How many iPad 3 64GB brand new models will they produce to sit on a shelf for AppleCare+ replacement purposes? How long before other iPad 3 owners get the same idea and there are a TON of iPad 3′s all over local and state highways? I will let you know in a few months…

  • TylerHoj

    Meh…the fifth gen iPad will be out in the spring. Guarantee it’ll look similar to the iPad mini, have an 8MP cam, thinner build and 30% more unicorn farts. Until then, I’m going to play my cards with the iPad mini until an upgrade-worthy successor to the iPad 3 comes about.

  • Robert X

    Mad about what? It doesn’t change the fact that the iPad that they purchased because it was “awesome” is still “awesome”. Welcome to technology folks. Really.

  • TheMacGuy
    AppleCare+ promises a brand spanking new replacement for lost, damaged, or smashed-to-bits-in-highway-traffic devices covered in each plan (which is why I always cover my new devices). Not a refurb, a brand new model.

    Stolen? No, Apple doesn’t cover that. And its not brand new. You can replace the iPad twice, and they replace it with a refurbished iPad for $50 instead of $350 (or some crazy amount, I don’t remember exactly). I have seen a lot of people at the Apple Store thinking that AppleCare+ replaces it with a brand new one. I also asked about it before purchasing my iPad 2 (I was able to buy AppleCare+ because I bought it after the 3rd Gen was released, and after AppleCare+ was announced) and before purchasing my iPhone 5.

    Back to the article, I’m not pissed. I bought my iPad 2 from Apple’s Refurbished Store in April shortly after the 3rd Gen was announced. I knew it wasn’t brand new, I also knew it wasn’t the new iPad on the block. But the specs between the 2 and the 3rd gen was really just a better graphics chip and a Retina Display. Plus, with going with a refurbished, I saved about $200 and still got the option to purchase either the AppleCare or AppleCare+ extended warranty. Couldn’t beat that price. The specs between the 3, even the 2, VS the 4 are so small, I’m sticking with my iPad 2. And because the iPad mini has the same specs inside as the iPad 2, not only is that not a good upgrade for me, but that also tells iPad 2 and 3rd Gen owners that there will be more software updates to keep the iPad up-to-date. I wish Apple would have waited, but honestly, I don’t care. I might upgrade to a refurbished iPad 4th Gen next year, who knows?

  • ScotHibb

    Or, if you purchased AppleCare+, wait until they run out of new iPad 3′s and run yours over with a truck! I’m buying the new iPad 4 just because I “need my e-penis” replaced (as TheGayphicMac suggests below) and hand my iPad 3 to my wife to replace her 2. But as soon as I get a whiff that AppleCare is running low on 64GB iPad 3′s, that puppy is going to be in itty bitty pieces and I’m demanding a new model! I have two shots at it too as I haven’t used Applecare for my iPad 3 YET! HAAAA!

    While I bought my 3rd Gen iPad the day they came out in April, I’m a little more miffed by the fact that they shifted the product cycle for the iPads again. One of my favorite things about Apple is that I could usually plan a yearly upgrade for my i-devices.

    Not that the 4th Gen iPad is much of an upgrade. I’m fine with my 3rd Gen, so I guess I’ll just wait till next October for the 5th Gen.

  • ScotHibb

    We all saw this coming, let’s not fool ourselves. It was almost the same timing from release of iPhone 4S to iPad 3, but this time it was obvious. Think about it, iPhone 5 comes out and we all love it (well I love mine at least), so when they planned on releasing the iPad Mini, it only made sense that they would update the iPad 3 with the new camera, processor, etc. I mean we couldn’t let people get away with an iPad mini that’s cheaper adn faster than our iPad 3′s now could we? I will feel reluctant to press “buy” on the pre-order page for iPad 4, but I will finally get to drop AT&T’s worthless asses from my iPad 3 (wife gets my iPad 3 and only needs wifi). Besides, how long can AppleCare supply demand for replacement 65GB iPad 3′s specific to AT&T cellular? As soon as they run out I’m foing to run that sucker over with my John Deere and get it replaced with a new iPad 4 for the wife!

    They only thing that makes my junk itch (besides the whole “Sprint now carrying the iPad” thing) is that they aren’t calling the new iPad anything different, Apple.com still has it listed as “iPad retina display”. So those of you who don’t want to upgrade, just say your iPad 3′s are iPad 4′s as there will be no visual difference!

  • Mystakill

    Apple should consider a trade-in program for iPad 3 owners who want to upgrade to the iPad 4. That would provide them with ample stock of refurbished iPad 3′s for those who either don’t need the latest & greatest, or are looking to spend less than what the latest & greatest costs, while still getting an iPad.

    The best I’ve seen so far for my “old”, but still pristine 32GB WiFi iPad 3, is $245 from SellYourMac.com.

  • viralthinker

    I don’t think folks realize what Apple got away with. This wasn’t a typical refresh. The “New iPad” was quietly discontinued altogether (notice the iPad 2 is still on sale as the “previous” discounted model). It is obvious the iPad with retina display was intended to be the successor to the iPad 2, but they had to come to market early with an inferior product. The quietly killed the New iPad to cover up their screw up, and customers let them get away with it. I started a petition on change.org: change.org/petitions/apple-apologize-and-offer-partial-refunds-to-ipad-3-owners

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