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iPad Air 2: My First Week
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Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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10/31/2014 | 3:36:35 PM
Will iPad 2 users update?
"However, it's hard to say the improvements are truly worth the $500 upgrade price over last year's iPad. If you're still using a 2nd-, 3rd-, or 4th-generation iPad, the Air 2 is definitely worth the upgrade."

I think this is the key takeaway. The iPad Air is a great tablet. The iPad Air 2 is somewhat better but in the same class. I don't think Apple expects a lot of upgrades from people who bought a tablet last year.

iPad sales have slid partly because existing iPad owners keep their devices longer than expected before upgrading. At least as of a few months ago, iPad 2s were the most common type of iPad. If Apple maintains the same rate of new customers it's had in recent quarters and gets people with older iPads to upgrade, it will be in good shape. The iPad Air-to-iPad Air 2 upgrades aren't as crucial.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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11/2/2014 | 5:07:55 PM
Re: bargain
mak -- Why do do you think the 16-GB Air 2 is overpriced at $499 if it has kept the same price of the iPad Air, which now is $100 cheaper?
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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11/2/2014 | 6:35:41 PM
iPad for sharing?
Eric, -- I don't think Apple thought the iPad as a device to be shared. Mobile devices are more personal products. At least, I believe phones and tablets are for individual use, not for sharing as if they were a desktop, or a laptop that allows you to have multiple users and a guest user. I believe Apple never thought mobile devices as shared devices and this is why there is no multiple users option, which makes sense to me. If a user wants to share a tablet with a kid I suppose it's the user's responsibility and not Apple's to watch the content that is consumed by the adult uaer. -Susan
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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11/4/2014 | 1:57:58 AM
Re: iPad for sharing?
GAProgrammer, -- I don't think Apple has the obligation to think its products in the same way other manufacturers do. That has never been Apple's policy and I believe it's just fine. iPads are expensive toys for 4 and 7-year-olds. For them, you could choose one of the many cheap tablets that are available on the market for less than $200. I believe I have seen some for less than $100, too. Kids don't need all the functionality of an iPad. If you are willing to share your devices with other memebers of your family that's another story and it's a personal choice, I believe. I would never share my devices with anyone else. For me, they are personal objects and I don't like others messing up with my personal stuff. As I said, it's a personal choice. One thing is clear, a tablet manaufatcurer can decide what kind of product wants in the market. You can choose an iPad, or you can choose another tablet from another manufacturer that have thought tablets can be shared devices instead of personal ones. -Susan
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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11/4/2014 | 2:03:05 AM
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tjgkg, -- Every next version will always be better. :D -Susan
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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11/4/2014 | 2:06:49 AM
Re: bargain
Mak, I see. Well, about an iPad replacing a laptop for some kinds of work I am running a test about that as we speak. We'll see to what conclusions I will arrive in just a few days' time. :) -Susan
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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11/6/2014 | 1:59:29 AM
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Mak, -- It has been quite an interesting adventure. The test ends today at midnight. :) -Susan
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/1/2014 | 11:47:05 PM
Re: bargain
tjgkg, 

It's nice you noticed the difference. Also, networks in Europe are constantly being updated, so that also influences when you have a newer model of hardware. 

-Susan


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