Purchasing with early firmware...

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  1. guthrien

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    I couldn't find a discussion about this and it might be frivolous, if so I apologize.

    Is there any rule or generalization about how fast retail reflects new firmwares? I was thinking of picking up a new iPad 2 at BestBuy tomorrow with hopes the firmware would be 4.3.3. Is that a useless hope? The iPad sells fast and I'm not sure what the lag is between the source and retail.

    Any insight or experience is appreciated.
     
  2. Tim SPRACKLEN

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    For sure there are certainly older versions of the firmware available but the difficulty is in identifying that the iPad you're about to purchase has such a firmware version. I don't think anyone knows of a sure way of being able to do this. It would be a big risk.

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    there is an 85% chance you will get 4.3.3.
     
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    That's very precise - how did you work that out? I know, when I bought my iPad1, they were switched to iOS 4.2 and the box design changed then, so I could choose and purchased the, then, more recent version of iOS.

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  5. verbalj

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    Do they charge a restocking fee for iPads? If not, just buy it and check it out. If they do charge a restocking fee, maybe it's worth asking them to see what firmware is installed on it.
     
  6. guthrien

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    I can't imagine they would let me check due to having to start it with pc, but I suppose there is no harm in gambling. I don't think Best Buy or Walmart have a restocking fee, though my local Walmarts are sold out.

    I love the 85% figure haha, but then I would love that to be right. I understand there is no rock solid method. I suppose I'm looking for assurance that it's not impossible.
     
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    No it is definitely not impossible. 4.3.3 was in mass production for a while so there is a chance, but every day it diminishes.
     
  8. dfweyer

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    I like the 85% chance as well....

    I checked with Best Buy and there is not a restocking fee, probably a good turnaround on iPads there. Maybe some eBay hoarder has a nice backlog of early July production iPad 2's
     
  9. verbalj

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    There most definitely is an eBay hoarder (no, not me), but the problem is that he will know how important 4.3.3 is so he'll probably charge a lot more than usual.
     
  10. Poser

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    i have not seen any post on this forum with someone saying they bought an iPad with 4.3.4 or 4.3.5(new that is), its always...hey i accidentally updated to 4.3.5, how can i downgrade to 4.3.3, because i wanna jailbreak.

    if someone that recently bought an iPad 2 with 4.3.3 on this forum can confirm a batch number, and you can try a match and see. Apple store might be a gamble, but best buy should be good.
     

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