What's the expected lifespan of an IPad?

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  1. ewkoopman

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    Not the battery, but the thing itself. I've found threads about battery lifespan, but I'm wondering how long to expect to keep the device.

    I have an IPad2 but I didn't want to post in that specific forum because I thought it would be interesting to hear about other versions as well. I've had my device just over three years and have updated to IOS 8 - 8.3 I think was the most recent. It's still mostly doing fine, and I probably don't push the limits - I use it mostly for e-mail and web browsing, plus streaming videos. But it has started blacking out on occasion, i.e. when I have tried to delete an e-mail with an attachment (far from every time). No problem bringing it back but it is annoying. I don't know if maybe I shouldn't have expected the device to tolerate iOS 8 (but then they shouldn't have offered it, should they? hmmmm), or if it really is just getting old.

    How long have you folks found these things to last?
     
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    iPad is indestructible and will outlive mankind. When all of us leave on a spaceship, the iPad will still be here.
     
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    We have members that still use the original iPad they bought back in 2010. Electronics being as they are, some can fail unexpectedly at any time so one can expect that the older a particular iPad model is, the higher the percentage that have failed.

    I still have my first iPad, purchased in 2011, it still works perfectly. I expect that an iPad will continue to function for an indefinite time as long as the battery is replaced when necessary.
     
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    My 1st gen iPad mini is still my favorite e-reader.
     
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    I should imagine declining battery life with age would be the limiting factor.
     
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    Sounds like you might be running out of RAM , which could be causing the "black outs".

    Try force closing apps that aren't being used by double clicking the home button and swiping up on the apps you don't need.

    Another thing to try is a reset by holding the home and power button down for 10 seconds. If that doesn't help use itunes to back up your ipad then do a Restore.

    I have 4 family members using iPad 2's (3 of them refurbed by me). and they work fine.


     
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    My iPad2 has had some hammer. I used it as a GPS while driving a truck off-road for anything up to 14 hours a day. Most days I had to keep it plugged into an inverter to keep the battery charged. These days, I use it as a remote control for my home theatre. The battery is showing no signs of deterioration, and the thing works as well today as it did when it was new. Can't remember the OS. It has been ages since I updated.
     
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    Well my ipad 2 is just over 4 years old... Stopped updating after iOS 7 .. Working ok...
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    Well, my sister is still using my first iPad - an iPad 1 (on iOS 5.1.1). I bought it in August 2010. Yes, it's slow and yes, there are apps she cannot put on it. But - it works, so that's all that matters to her (she browses her e-mail, Facebook and runs Netflix on it).

    Then, there's my mom with her iPad 2 that I bought her in 2011. That is still going strong and is running iOS 8.3. I don't use it at all, but she's never complained about its operation. She uses it solely to play games on it (solitaire, Taipei, word search, crosswords, etc). It seems fine.

    And, then there's my brother with my old iPad 3. I got it the first day it came out (2012). His is also working fine, as is my iPad Air (bought 2013).

    So, I'm going with - older devices work great. Yes, they slow down as RAM and space requirements get larger with [what seems to be] every app update.

    IMHO, Apple has done well by the iPad. YMMV, of course, but I am well pleased with the lifespan of an iPad.

    Marilyn
     
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