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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirrel71
    In a way, I'm glad Apple did this. It was a reality check for me, and I was finally able to get over the " have to have the latest model" game. No more. I'm already sorry that I jumped on the iPhone 5 bandwagon so soon- should have just kept my 4s.

    I may upgrade to the iPad 5, then again, I may not. Maybe I'll wait for the 6!
    The upgrades are designed so you will skip every other one. I am skipping the iPad 4 and I skipped the iPhone 5. I see zero reason to buy a iPad 4 if you have and iPad 3, and I saw little reason to dump my 4s at less that a year old.
    I did see a reason to dump my iPad 2 for a 3, but at is because the retina display makes a huge difference to my use if the device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MILJAN
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    yes, it did! Im totally stunned by the newer iPad!

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    Did the announcement surprise me - it certainly did!!

    Here is what I think. I purchased an iPad 3 less than 30 days ago. I expected the model to be updated 6 months from now.

    * I notice all the 3rd gen iPads are now being sold as "refurbished" for less than the price of an iPad 2.
    * I notice that the quad core GPU in the 3rd & 4th gen devices are IDENTICAL
    * I notice that the dual core CPU change from A5X to A6X is only a modest change and even Apple themselves (who are not known for understating their own products) only claim that the chip is "UP TO" twice as fast - not that it IS twice as fast.
    * I notice that the physical dimensions of the 4th gen are UNCHANGED & that only the charging connection has altered - just calling it "lightning" doesn't actually make it faster!

    In other words this "4th generation" is nothing of the sort - neither is it pure marketing. It is a minor update - as with the iPhone 4 to 4S. Mainly, IMO to do with Apple wanting everything to have their new lightning connector. If my retailer will do the decent thing - because I notice that their website was amended overnight within 12 hours of the announcement, hence they knew about this beforehand - and allow me to return my virtually new device for an exchange to the 4th gen iPad, then I will do that because that is in my interest. If they will not, then "that's life" & my iPad 3 will still have the retina screen that was the reason I bought it.
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    I thought they brought out this new version due to complaints about the charging thing at the bottom. It cracks easily exposing the pins. It needed revising.

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    Did the iPad 4 announcement surprise you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nakedbabytoes View Post
    Absolutely shocked. I mean, it makes sense to get on the once a year holiday cycle instead of the March one they have been on, but still, sitting here with a 3 I just got no more than 2 months ago, it sorta sucks since it was nearly a G I dropped buying it. Once a year was bad enough, what is it now going to be 6 month cycles?
    Will I sell my 3? No. But I am a bit cheezed. But I got caught up in the"must upgrade" mentality. Well, no more. Until mine dies, I no longer upgrade. No incentive to. In 6 mos, they'll be a better faster one anyways.
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    I still wonder how people can even afford upgrading every time Apple changes a number. I used my ipad 1 for about 2 years and then after lots of reconsidering decided to spend another €799,- on a 3.
    I never intended to go for a 4th gen device. 5th maybe... but at this update pace, it'll probably be a 7th gen or something before I consider spending that much again on a gadget I really like, but can also do without.

    I do get Apple's drive to upgrade all relevant devices to the new connector asap. And of course the need for a beefier CPU needed for running IOS6 (that slowed down my 3rd gen ipad in some respects)
    Of course in spring there will be a retina version of the ipad mini, so you have something else to be p'd off. about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookiee2cu View Post
    Yes it did and if I had just bought an iPad 3 and past the return period I'd be a little po'd right now.
    you've just found one "happy" customer here!!!

    bought my first iPad 16 days ago...

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    Don't feel sorry for me....I do feel shafted by Apple. I purchased the ipad 3 figuring it was the best operating ipad. A couple of months later they come out with an "updated" one... It is not like buying a new car. If I purchase a new car, a newer model doesn't come out for another 8 months to a year.... Not a couple of months....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauley
    Don't feel sorry for me....I do feel shafted by Apple. I purchased the ipad 3 figuring it was the best operating ipad. A couple of months later they come out with an "updated" one... It is not like buying a new car. If I purchase a new car, a newer model doesn't come out for another 8 months to a year.... Not a couple of months....
    Mate, me too, big time!

    I bought mine last week and the retailer won't take it back unless its in its original packaging and then he'd still have to consider things (god knows what, may his bonus might be affected).

    I don't think that I will be an Apple consumer after this experience.

    I will probably buy a small laptop and be done with that.


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