Now that we are getting to the final few weeks before the expected release of the iPad 3, many current iPad owners will be looking at selling their current iPad (or an older model) to help finance the purchase of the next-gen model.
If you’re in that mode, you can of course sell via eBay or Craigslist and very likely get the highest price for your iPad by going that route. I’ve never been a fan of going that route, just because of the hassle factor of avoiding scammers and time wasters in those spaces. So I thought I’d share a few other options that are out there for selling an iPad, or any other electronic devices you may want to get rid of leading up the iPad 3 launch.
Here’s three to consider, along with the estimate I got from each to buy my iPad 2 WiFi + 3G (AT&T) model in flawless condition, just to give a point of reference. It’s very easy and quick to get an estimated purchase price at all three:
Apple: Apple has a Reuse and Recycling program for iPads, iPhones, and Macs.
$315 for my iPad 2.
BuyMyTronics: This company is also all about recycling and reusing electronics and keeping old devices out of landfills. They are geared up this year for the iPad 3 release and say they have positioned their iPads pricing to be the among the best in the industry.
$392 for my iPad 2
A few weeks back I posted my initial iPad 3 Wish List. I mentioned around 8 features and things I’d like to see in the iPad 3 that’s expected to be unveiled and released next month. Those included a significantly improved display (which I think is now all but a certainty), a faster processor, more RAM, continued stellar battery life, and more.
One item I left out of that list and that I’ve been thinking about a fair bit lately is Siri – the voice command and dictation capabilities found on the iPhone 4S. Siri is officially in beta and is far from flawless in my usage of it so far – but it is still definitely a killer feature. The voice dictation within apps is especially great.
So I would definitely like to see Siri come to the iPad 3. While the voice command feature would be a nice addition, it’s the dictation ability that would really be immensely useful on the iPad. I also expect that Siri’s abilities will be expanded in the not-too-distant future and hopefully more support for 3rd party apps will be coming as well. All of this makes it even more attractive to have Siri on the next-gen iPad.
What do you all think? Does Siri make it on to your iPad 3 wish list?
Now that we’re into the ‘iPad season’ portion of the year, I’ve started thinking about what to do with the current iPads in my household in the lead-up to launch of the iPad 3 (or whatever the next-gen iPad ends up being called).
Right now I use an iPad 2 64GB WiFi + 3G model, and my wife and daughter share an original iPad that’s also 64GB and WiFi + 3G (handed down when I bought the iPad 2 on launch day last year).
Unless Apple decide to announce that the iPad 3 will be made of Play-Doh and powered by Android, I’ll be getting one on launch day again. And I’m sure my wife and daughter will be more than happy to take the iPad 2 as another hand-me-down at that point. My daughter is getting more and more use out of the iPad and some great educational apps as well as fun games on it – so the substantial upgrade from the original iPad will get put to good use.
As we get closer to the expected launch timeframe for the iPad 3 (or whatever the next-gen iPad ends up being called), more evidence is emerging that appears to prove that an improved Retina quality display will be part of the new iPad.
9to5Mac have shared some images – provided by their reader @sonnydickson - showing references to iPad2x images within the new iTunes U app and the iBooks 2 app.
I’ve thought for some time that a Retina display is a virtual lock for the iPad 3. Seeing images like these only serves to reinforce that view.
Jeremy Horwitz, the Editor-in-Chief of iLounge.com, has apparently laid eyes on the next generation iPad, at CES yesterday.
Horwitz says the new iPad he saw is a lot more like an iPad 2S, in terms of looks and size. It looks virtually identical to an iPad 2 and is very nearly the same size – just a tiny bit thicker (around 1mm). All its buttons are the same and in the same place.
From the back, you could walk past this new iPad on display and have no idea that anything had changed.
Another small differences noted by Horwitz is on the rear camera:
… the camera in the upper left corner has become bigger—noticeably so when placed alongside the iPad 2, but not so huge that anyone would think they were different at a distance. The new camera hole is silver-ringed, and does in fact look the same size as the iPhone 4S’s much-improved rear camera system, minus the LED flash.
The good news in relation to the size remaining almost exactly the same as the iPad 2 is that most iPad 2 accessories should also work with the iPad 3 if this all proves accurate. One of the main exceptions will be cases that are designed to fit the back of the iPad very precisely (the same sort of cases that will not fit correctly if you apply a screen protector type cover).
Now that 2012 is just round the corner, one thing we can start to look forward to is the iPad 3, or whatever name Apple chooses to give to the next generation iPad.
Unless there’s a drastic change to Apple’s release cycle for the iPad, we will see the iPad 3 released in the first 3-4 months of the new year – most likely in February or March I’d guess.
So this seems as good as good a time as any to share my short wish list for the iPad 3 and the iPad in 2012. My list is short because the iPad 2 is a spectacularly good tablet already. Here’s what I’d like to see in the iPad 3 and the iPad line in general in the coming year:
— An improved, retina display. Happily, I think this is just about a lock to be one of the key features of the next iPad. The iPad’s display is already superb – but a bump up to retina quality will be very welcome.
— A better, faster processor. Again, I think this is pretty much a given fortunately.
— An upgrade to 1GB of RAM. I was hoping to see this on the iPad 2, and I think it’s definitely time for this in the next gen. This would be a big boost for iPad gamers and game developers, as well as for all of us who like running a number of powerful apps of all kinds on our iPads.