Apple is No Longer Supporting Several iPads and That’s Great News for Some
Technology is always changing. For those that grew up using computers, we hardly notice.
We mindlessly update the software on our computers, phones and tablets, then poke around to see what’s new. When we get a new gadget, we forego the user guide and simply figure it out on the fly.
For older generations, it’s not so simple. Each year, Apple rolls out a major change to iOS (the operating system that controls the iPhone and iPad). Since 2013, I’ve been teaching the iPad to older adults, so I have been on the front lines for these changes. Older users typically fall into one of three categories:
The Veterans - These life-time tech enthusiasts remind me that they have computers that are older than me. They have little difficulty adapting to change.
The New “Techies” - My mom and lots of other moms fall into this category. These are people that did not use technology much before the smartphone revolution. Now, they’re hooked and constantly discovering new ways to use technology. They’ll often struggle with the update initially (and ask a lot of questions!,) but eventually they’ll get the hang of it and appreciate the new features.
The Minimalists - There is a large group of people that don’t particularly enjoy using or learning new technology, but they’ve discovered a few specific use cases that motivated them to adopt a tablet. For this group, major updates to the operating system are unwelcome and confusing.
A Simple Solution - Discontinued iPads
The iPad is a great computer for people who are new to technology. It’s incredibly intuitive, portable and useful. However, with each annual software update, users must adapt to subtle changes and new features. A few years ago, I discovered a solution to this challenge - iPads that were no longer supported.
A gentlemen was attending one of our iPad workshops and wanted to know why his iPad screen looked different than the rest of the group. He was using the original iPad, which stopped receiving software updates in 2012.
I explained the situation, and to my surprise, he seemed delighted. He followed up with a simple question, “so you’re telling me it will never change?”. I confirmed, and he got a huge smile on his face.
He went on to explain that he doesn’t care for gadgets but likes watching plays and musicals on YouTube. He was relieved to not have to deal with updates or changes. We connected recently, and he’s still using the same iPad!
Over the years, Apple has stopped offering software updates on a few models of the iPad. Since these models no longer receive updates, the user experience will not change, which for some people is a great feature!
iPads That No Longer Receive Software Updates
The Original iPad
The original iPad was the first model to stop receiving free software updates. Despite my friend’s aforementioned affinity for the device, it has some serious limitations. In addition to being slower and heavier than other models, it lacks a camera and support for a vast majority of apps. If you need a machine to store music or do basic web browsing, it gets the job done. Some retailers still sell the original model as a refurbished device, but they are scarcely available.
The second generation iPad was one of the most popular models of all-time, selling millions of units. It was released in March of 2011, and Apple supported it with free updates for five years.
Today, the device runs iOS 9, and is still a very capable machine. Although significantly slower and heavier than previous models, iPad 2 user’s can still email, surf the web, share photos and use many popular apps. A refurbished iPad 2 costs between $150-$250.
iPad 3 (third generation)
The third generation iPad was released in 2012 and was the first iPad with an HD screen (retina display). Like the iPad 2, the third generation model runs iOS 9 and is still a very useful device. Refurbished models of the third generation model costs approximately $250- $300.
Original iPad Mini
The original iPad Mini was released also released in 2012 and runs iOS 9. The 7.9-inch iPad Mini screen is approximately two inches smaller than the traditional 9.7-inch screen. The screen also lacks the HD (retina) resolution of newer models.
It is, however, very capable and can run a majority of popular apps. Refurbished models of the iPad Mini costs between $150 and $200.
iPad 4 (fourth generation)
The fourth generation model currently runs the latest version of iOS 10. However, in the fall, it will be added to the list of iPads that no longer receive updates.
Out of all the models that are no longer supported, the fourth generation model is the highest performing machine. Not only does it have an HD screen, but it is also faster and has a better front-facing camera. Refurbished models of the fourth generation model cost $250 to $300.
If you using an iPad that is no longer supported or interested in purchasing a refurbished device, Generation Connect has training guides that are specifically designed for certain models. Learn more!