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iPad Air 2 Ordered (and cancelled)

Screenshot of my iPad home screenI saved my money and was all set to upgrade my iPad once Apple released this year’s models. I watched the live event and ordered my iPad Air 2 the next day when they became available.

Then I cancelled the order this morning, before it shipped. There wasn’t one reason that caused me to cancel although price was the most significant factor. I decided the upgrade from my iPad 3 wasn’t worth the cost. I have an iPad 3 (Retina) so after its sale I figured the total cost of the upgrade would be $600, before considering accessories. Here’s why I wanted to upgrade and why I decided to wait another year…

  • The screen: I already have a Retina screen. The new Air 2 has a glare reduction coating and is a fully laminated screen so I have no doubt the screen will look better. So, this is certainly a reason to upgrade but I don’t really have any complaints about my current screen. Ok, maybe a few. Glare and smudges annoy me, so any reduction would be appreciated. But if I was to put a price on this upgrade I would put it at $100 which is generous since I haven’t seen the new screen.
  • Touch ID: It’s a huge convenience on the iPhone and I do miss it on the iPad. I don’t care at all about the purchase related features (or lack of them). Purchase friction saves me money. I just want it to unlock apps. It’s hard for me to put a value on this. I was thinking $100 but realized that was the price difference between the iPad Mini 2 and the new Mini 3 and the only difference was Touch ID. Of the two I’d save the $100 and get the iPad Mini 2 (if I was buying one). I do value convenience so even though this doesn’t add any real functionality I’m going to value it at $50.
  • More CPU Power: My iPad 3 has never been a speed demon but I’ve already upgraded to iOS 8 so I know what to expect. I’m not a gamer and I don’t use a lot of demanding apps. I’d value this at $50, at least until I have specific issues.
  • Improved LTE: My current iPad 3 is the LTE version on Verizon. I subscribe to a data plan about 2 months out of the year. The ability to pick a wireless vendor on the fly is nice, although I’m not sure how much I’d switch vendors. The lack of Verizon isn’t a problem as I’d like some variety as a backup and my iPhone is locked to Verizon. When I do use LTE I don’t have any complaints about speed but I’m mainly getting email and text files, no streaming. I don’t consider this upgrade to have any value for me.
  • Improved Wi-fi: Like LTE I don’t place heavy demands on my Wi-Fi usage. I do stream video in the house but what I have works fine. I do have a 802.11ac router so I could take advantage of the iPad Air 2 Wi-fi. So yes it’s faster and better in theory, in practice I won’t notice a difference in my daily use. So I don’t consider this to have any value for me either.
  • Camera Improvements – I don’t think I’ve ever taken a picture with my iPad. Maybe I tried it once. I don’t think a better camera will change that. Likewise I don’t use the front facing camera for video calls or FaceTime. So this has no value for me.
  • Thinner & Lighter: While Apples obsession with thinness is beginning to bug me this would be a big change from my iPad 3 and I would like it. It would be easier to hold the Air 2 for a longer time but I don’t currently leave the iPad behind because it’s heavy. I’d value this at $50 although I should point out the original iPad Air would have the same value assigned to it.

Adding this all up I’d value the upgraded features at $250. If I’m wrong and some must have feature or app appears where I’d want an iPad Air 2 it will still be around. Maybe by then it will be in the refurb store for less money.

I use my laptop a lot so that lowers the iPads value for me. I tried going iPad only before upgrading my laptop and found I didn’t like it.