Apple iPad Buying Guide

Apple iPad Buying Guide

This Buying Guide provides a product overview for the Apple iPad, including a history of updates to the product so you know if you are buying at the beginning, or near the end of the update cycle.

GearBuyer provides recommendations regarding current product cycles, and a summary of customer reviews and pros & cons for the Apple iPad.

There are five generations of the iPad. The first generation established design precedents, such as screen size and button placement, that have persisted through all models. The iPad 2 added a dual core Apple A5 processor and VGA front-facing and 720p rear-facing cameras designed for FaceTime video calling. The third generation added a Retina display, the new Apple A5X processor with a quad-core graphics processor, a 5 megapixel camera, HD 1080p video recording, voice dictation, and 4G (LTE). The fourth generation adds the Apple A6X processor and replaces the 30-pin connector with an all-digital Lightning connector. The iPad Mini features a reduced screen size of 7.9 inches, in contrast to the standard 9.7 inches, and features similar internal specifications as the iPad 2. iOS 6 adds Siri to the third and fourth generations and the iPad Mini.

Customer Rating:  

Customers have given the Apple iPad the highest rating possible. Review the Product Update History to determine if now is a good time to purchase this product, or if you should wait for the next update.

Is now a good time to purchase?

Recommendation: Wait
Updates expected

Product Update History

Next Update?
3056 days since last update
Oct 2012
230 days:: 3rd update
Mar 2012
362 days:: 2nd update
Mar 2011
342 days:: 1st update
Apr 2010
Product Release

Updates usally include better performance specifications. View the update history, and the Wait | Buy Now Meter to determine if now is a good time to purchase this product.


Excellent Retina display.
Good battery life.
Lots of apps.
Fast performance.
High quality construction.


No Multi-tasking.
External mice / touchpads not supported.
No USB port.

Product Purchasing Information

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