Unless you live in a cave you probably heard that Apple announced that the new iPad will be available on March 16th. I have put together my answers to common questions that I have been asked.
Is it worth upgrading to the new iPad if I have the original iPad or an iPad 2?
Yes. The biggest upgrade that the new iPad has to offer is the Retina Display. You won't believe your eyes once you see how sharp and clear everything is on the Retina Display. Ask anyone who has upgraded from an older iPhone to an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. They will tell you that they would never go back to a non-Retina display.
If you are upgrading from an original iPad you will also love the new 5 megapixel camera on the back, FaceTime camera on the front, and how much thinner and lighter the new iPad is compared to the one you have right now.
If I upgrade to the new iPad, what do I do with my old one?
Often times people will hand down their old Apple devices to someone in the family. If you are looking to sell your iPad you can always use Craigslist, eBay, or Gazelle.
Why shouldn't I buy the iPad 2 at the lower price of $399?
You certainly could purchase an iPad 2 for $399 if price was a major concern. If money is a concern I would strongly encourgage you to delay your purchase by a month or two if necessary to save the extra money to purchase the new iPad. You will likely own the iPad for a couple of years and it doesn't make a ton of sense to buy technology that is already one year old. You will be glad you spent the extra $100 to get the new iPad.
What size should I get?
Apple offers the iPad in three sizes 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. To answer this question I am going to describe three different types of people.
My mom & dad
My mom and dad use the iPad primarily to surf the web and check email. They have downloaded a handful of apps but don't plan on doing lots of stuff with photos or videos. The best iPad for them would be a 16GB because they won't fill that up.
My wife's cousin Laura
Laura is in her mid 20s and will heavily use her iPad. She will do a little bit of everything and she travels back and forth from Georgia to Minnesota to visit family. She would benefit from some additional space but she's on a bit of a budget so the best iPad for her would be the 32GB.
My friend Max
Max travels a bunch for his job and spends plenty of time at airports, on planes, and at hotels. He will be using his iPad to watch movies, listen to music, read books and magazines, play games, and work on documents. The best iPad for him would be a 64GB because he doesn't want to worry about running out of space.
Hopefully you can see yourself in one of the above people and get an idea of which size iPad to purchase based on how you might use the device.
Should I get the iPad with 4G?
It depends. Where do spend most of your time? If you are like me and you spend 95% of your time in places with Wi-Fi then it's probably not worth it. If you are like my dad and you are driving around the Twin Cities all day long going out on sales calls and having time between appointments the 4G might make a lot of sense.
The great thing about the 4G iPad is that you are not locking yourself into a contract. If you need the 4G one month because you are travling for work then you can activate it and then turn it off the following month if you don't need it.
I have heard some people say that once you have the option of 3G or 4G on your iPad you will take it with you alot more places and use it a lot more because many aspects of the iPad need an internet connection to function.
I want the 4G iPad should I get the Verizon or AT&T model?
If you live in the Twin Cities I would probably go with Verizon. Currently Verizon offers 4G LTE which is the fastest possible data connection you can get in the Twin Cities. AT&T does not offer 4G LTE in the Twin Cities yet. Verizon also offers 4G LTE in cities like Rochester, St. Cloud, Duluth, Fargo, and Sioux Falls which are common destinations for people that live in the Twin Cities.
AT&T offers 4G LTE in various cities across the United States but does not offer it in Minnesota. Cities with the orange dot indicate where you can get AT&T 4G LTE.
Another reason to choose Verizon is that they will allow you to tether up to 5 devices via Wi-Fi to your iPad's data connection. This can come in extremely handy if you have teens in the vechicle and they want to surf the web on their iPod Touches or if you have to access the internet on your laptop.
NOTE: You are billed separately from your phone bill so you don't have to get a Verizon iPad if you have AT&T service or vice versa.
Which color should I choose?
The new iPad comes in black or white. This is a personal preference. I prefer the black myself. The color is only for the bezel around the screen. The back of all iPads is a brushed alumnium.
Do I need a case?
If you are fairly careful with your electronics I would say no. I like the iPad "naked". I don't like a case bulking up the iPad by adding thickness and weight. In my experience the iPad has been a very solid and durable device. If you are clumsy or super paranoid about things breaking perhaps a case would be worth buying for the peace of mind that comes with it.
What accessories should I purchase for it?
If you want to be able to view and edit your photos directly on the iPad without first connecting the iPad to your computer I would advise you to get the iPad Camera Connection Kit ($29).
The Apple TV ($99) is a great acccessory because you can mirror what you see on your iPad to your high definition television. This is especially great for playing games!
The Apple Wireless Keyboard ($79)can be a nice addition if you plan on doing alot of writing on the iPad.
A printer with AirPrint technology built in would be a great accessory if you would like to print emails or other documents directly from your iPad. A good option would be the HP Photosmart 6510 ($120).
Should I get AppleCare+?
All iPads come with one year of parts and labor coverage along with 90 days of phone support. You can purchase AppleCare+ for $99. This gives you an additional year of parts and labor and an additional year and nine months of phone support. In the past accidental damage was not covered by AppleCare. Now if you purchase AppleCare+ and you accidentally break the device you can get a new one for a deductible of $49. If you are super clumsy and break the replacement iPad Apple will even let you replace it again for a deductible of $49. After that you are on your own!
I will personally not be purchasing AppleCare+ on my device as I will likely sell mine next spring in anticipation of the next iPad but I think it's a fairly good deal and makes a lot of sense for people who have kids or pets who might "accidentally" damage the iPad.
Where should I buy it?
If you want the new iPad as soon as it comes out I would advise you to pre-order it when you still can. Otherwise on March 16th you should get over to your local Apple Store and stand in line. Last year the iPad 2 was constrained for a few months before you could just walk into a store and purchase the exact model that you wanted. Don't bother going to Best Buy, Wal-Mart, or Target on March 16th because they will have limited supply.
If you have a question about the new iPad or need help with anything technology related don't hesitate to contact me.