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Old 24-09-2013, 19:20
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I am considering buying an iPad and, there are so many older and newer models out there it is a minefield. It's not a mini I want, so can someone please tell me which iPad is the latest model, what version of iOS does it have, etc.? The model with retina display - which I don't really need, as I'm not a gamer - is iOS6.
Thanks.
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Old 24-09-2013, 19:28
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there are only currently 3 different models of iPads that Apple sell.

iPad Mini
iPad 2
iPad (with retina display)

http://store.apple.com/uk/ipad

all three support iOS7
you would be foolish to buy an iPad2 considering the reasonably small price jump to the retina version.
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Old 24-09-2013, 19:30
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Ipad 4 at the moment. Ipad 5 is supposedly on its way.
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Old 24-09-2013, 19:31
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Ipad 4 at the moment. Ipad 5 is supposedly on its way.
there is no "iPad 4".
there is a 4th generation iPad, but it's not actually called the iPad 4 - it's called "iPad with retina display"
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Old 24-09-2013, 19:34
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This table has all the details:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPad#Model_comparison

So far there have been four generations of 10" models (each with different amounts of storage, with or without 3G, and black or white case) plus the 7" model.
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Old 24-09-2013, 19:37
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there is no "iPad 4".
there is a 4th generation iPad, but it's not actually called the iPad 4 - it's called "iPad with retina display"
But, as the IPad 3 had exactly the SAME retina display, it is FAR clearer just to continue to refer to them as iPad 3 iPad4!!!! Your desired nomenclature only makes much sense when discussing brand new tablets.
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Old 24-09-2013, 19:39
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But, as the IPad 3 had exactly the SAME retina display, it is FAR clearer just to continue to refer to them as iPad 3 iPad4!!!!
but the "third generation" iPad is no longer for sale by Apple.
and that wasn't called "iPad 3" either.
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Old 24-09-2013, 19:41
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Use the Wikipedia article I linked to and check the model number (A1219, etc).
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Old 24-09-2013, 19:41
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but the "third generation" iPad is no longer for sale by Apple.
and that wasn't called "iPad 3" either.
So how do you suggest these get differentiated second hand?

eBay certainly goes with the iPad 3 and iPad4 shortcuts!
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Old 24-09-2013, 19:42
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assuming the OP is talking about buying a new iPad then there won't be any confusion.
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Old 24-09-2013, 19:43
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Most technology websites mention Ipad, Ipad 2, Ipad 3, Ipad 4 and now 5.

They should know!
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Old 24-09-2013, 19:43
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So how do you suggest these get differentiated second hand?

eBay certainly goes with the iPad 3 and iPad4 shortcuts!
by using the terms apple use to name them.
ie "third generation" or "forth generation".

sticking to the official naming policies i can't see how there could be any confusion.
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Old 24-09-2013, 19:44
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Most technology websites mention Ipad, Ipad 2, Ipad 3, Ipad 4 and now 5.

They should know!
as i said, if you stick to the official naming policy then no confusion can be had.

and technology sites are known for being 100% accurate aren't they!
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Old 24-09-2013, 19:45
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Use the Wikipedia article I linked to and check the model number (A1219, etc).
and your linked article used the official names, not the made up ones.
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Old 25-09-2013, 13:05
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Ipad 4 at the moment. Ipad 5 is supposedly on its way.
iPad 4 is the one with retina display, and is referred to as such, so thanks for confirming that 4 is the most recent. Do you know when the 5 will be released, and what the improvements will be? Thanks.
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Old 25-09-2013, 13:06
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Thanks all for your input.
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Old 25-09-2013, 13:16
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iPad 4 is the one with retina display, and is referred to as such, so thanks for confirming that 4 is the most recent. Do you know when the 5 will be released, and what the improvements will be? Thanks.
the 4th generation ipad is the current model (has never officially been called iPad 4 though).
apple name it as "iPad with retina display" on their website.

any reports about a 5th generation iPad will be pure speculation at the moment.

you need to tell us if you plan to buy brand new or second hand. if brand new then you only have 3 models to choose from - as listed on the apple website.
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Old 25-09-2013, 13:21
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According to the Wikipedia table, both the iPad3 and the iPad 4 have retina displays (2,048 1,536 pixels at 264 ppi).
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Old 25-09-2013, 13:45
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The announcement of a fifth generation iPad is expected to be just around the corner. I would hold out for that if I were you OP.
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Old 25-09-2013, 13:45
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assuming the OP is talking about buying a new iPad then there won't be any confusion.
But the "new iPad" was the 3rd generation model (now discontinued)!

iPad 4 is the one with retina display, and is referred to as such, so thanks for confirming that 4 is the most recent. Do you know when the 5 will be released, and what the improvements will be? Thanks.


Until the 4th generation iPad, each model was released in March/April (April 2010, March 2011, March 2012).

The 4th generation iPad was announced in October 2012 and released at the start of November 2012. The assumption has been that Apple changed the "usual" schedule from Spring to "Fall" for two reasons: to get the iPad updated with the new "Lightning" connector (introduced in September 2012's iPhone 5) [and update other things] earlier than waiting for Spring 2013, and to shift the "usual" schedule into a more lucrative time of year: The holiday season.

As there has been no new model of iPad yet this year, and as there has always been a new model every year, the various news sites and rumourmongers are speculating that a 5th generation iPad will be released before the end of this year, perhaps repeating last year's October announcement / November release.

There have been enough "leaks" and "sources" to make it fairly certain that there will be an update soon, and that it is likely to involve the "usual spec bump" (e.g. a shift to the new A7 processor as used in the iPhone 5S) combined with a new design that has a smaller bezel (border around the screen) as introduced with the iPad Mini. There is also speculation of a new screen technology being used ("IGZO"), which would enable the screen to be thinner and lighter and not need such a hefty battery.

e.g. http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/...coming-in-2014



I would definitely recommend against buying a new iPad now, given the likelihood of a new version in the next couple of months.

Keep an eye on the Apple news sites such as these...

http://www.macrumors.com/

http://appleinsider.com/
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Old 25-09-2013, 14:22
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When you go into a garage to buy a new car e.g a Fiesta do you walk into the garage and say 'I want to buy a new Fiesta' or do you say 'I want to buy a sixth generation Fiesta'
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Old 25-09-2013, 14:50
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When you go into a garage to buy a new car e.g a Fiesta do you walk into the garage and say 'I want to buy a new Fiesta' or do you say 'I want to buy a sixth generation Fiesta'
you certainly don't ask for a Fiesta 4, that's for sure.
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Old 25-09-2013, 18:30
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It would definitely be a new ipad. I had decided on an ipad 4 with retina display, when my friend said I should save money, and get a chromebook instead. Does anyone have a chromebook and, if so, what do you think of it? The most important deature to me is speed and, apparently, the chromebook starts up in 10 seconds. Thanks.
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Old 25-09-2013, 18:33
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It would definitely be a new ipad. I had decided on an ipad 4 with retina display, when my friend said I should save money, and get a chromebook instead. Does anyone have a chromebook and, if so, what do you think of it? The most important deature to me is speed and, apparently, the chromebook starts up in 10 seconds. Thanks.
well they are two entirely different products.
1 is a tablet and the other is a small laptop.

the ipad starts up on 0 seconds, assuming you don't actually power it off every time you finish using it.

you need to decide what you are doing to be using the device for, only then can anyone tell you if a tablet or a laptop is more suitable.
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Old 25-09-2013, 18:51
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IMHO it mainly depends on whether you'll be doing any typing on it. If so, then it would be far better to opt for a Chromebook or a conventional laptop.
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