Why I Won’t Be Upgrading My iPad

I’ve added a brief update after watching the new iPad announcement.

Today is the day. A new iPad will be unveiled and I will begin salivating like one of Pavlov’s well-trained puppies. Except this time, I’m going to resist my instincts and avoid the upgrade.

It’s not because I don’t love Apple. I do. It’s not because I don’t love my iPad 2. I do. It’s because barring any major surprises, it won’t really change how I do what I do.

Chances are that it will get all of the updates we expect. A quad-core processor. A retina screen. LTE 4G. Siri. Perhaps we’ll even see some surprises1. Still, there is nothing I’ve heard about and nothing I can imagine that will drive me to push the buy button2.

The temptation will be palpable. The need, likely not so much. As much as I love the device, I always regretted jumping from the first iPad to the iPad 2. There wasn’t anything I needed to do with the new one that I couldn’t already do. It was more my Apple addiction3 than any genuine reason.

As with every new device, there is a logical upgrade cycle. With a laptop, I average about every three years. With my iPhone it’s an annual upgrade. As I get to know the iPad, I’m coming to believe that it will be an every other year affair.

Restraint has never been my strong suit, especially when it comes to Apple, so it will be interesting to watch myself start rationalizing the instant the new model is unveiled. I’ll want it. Badly. But it’s not what the iPad can do better, it’s about what I can do better with it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m as excited as any Apple geek to see what they unveil this afternoon. But this time I’m looking to enjoy this latest advance in technology without being self-conscious enough to “have to have” something I really don’t.

I’m taking a shot in the dark that a few of you who visit the site are fellow junkies as well. While there is often no harm in upgrading, even needlessly, be sure to ask yourself what it is really going to change for you. What will you be able to do with it that you couldn’t do yesterday? If you come up with a good answer, go for it. If not, consider taking a second before instinctively taking the plunge.

I look forward to watching along and am sure I will be more than tempted by what I’m sure will be an amazing upgrade to an already amazing device. In fact, if you don’t have one or have the first generation, let me recommend it wholeheartedly, site unseen. In the meantime, I’ll see you tomorrow with a new post. Knowing me and knowing Apple, there’s a good chance that it will be a retraction of this one…

Update: Only time will truly tell, but I think I’ll manage to hold off until the next generation. That said, I stand by my initial thought that the new iPad is a no brainer for anyone without an iPad, a logical update for someone with a first generation model and a nice, but unnecessary bump for those of us who currently have the iPad 2 (no matter how nice and tempting that shiny amazing screen is…). For the sake of full disclosure, I did satiate my Apple lust by pre-ordering the Apple TV. I’m especially excited about it now that the movies I’ve purchased in iTunes are available on it through iCloud.

  1. There’s been quite a bit of buzz about a new Apple TV. []
  2. Then again Apple has always had a far better imagination than I have. []
  3. An addiction I’m mostly good with []
  • http://doughaslam.com doughaslam

    Restraint and patience? I hereby revoke your Apple device owner’s street-cred card

    • http://michaelschechter.me MSchechter

      This is easier said than done. Although I have to admit, my initial thoughts hold true after seeing the announcement. That said, I did get a mini-fix and pre-ordered the Apple TV. I’d been holding out until they gave access to your movies.

  • serkes

    Saw the presentation.  Some things nice to have, but pretty much of a “meh” reaction from me.  Will keep truckin’ along on my iPad 1.0

    Subject to change, of course, after I see the New Coke at the Apple Store.

    Ira

    • http://michaelschechter.me MSchechter

      I do hear that the screen is pretty exceptional, but I agree it’s not enough to pull the trigger. That said, we never know the full extent until iOS 6, which could make it a bit more necessary to make the jump to the new one.

  • http://frankdickinson.me/ Frank Dickinson

    Hey bud! IPad hasn’t happened yet for me – I am though (finally ) an iPhone user!!

    I’ll be emailing you for suggested Apps :)

  • CM Smith

    You crazy, man. But I like you. 

    Waiting on my iPad 32GB WiFi, black. 

    • http://michaelschechter.me MSchechter

      This all does feel like crazy talk. I anticipate your taunts. You upgrading from a 2 or from a 1st gen?

  • Dotv

    Bought 2 ipad minis at same time. And set up for easier communication. Mine is 16 mg and hiis Is 32 mg. Both have wi-fi and cellular WHYDID mine stop sending emails two weeks ago. Pad mini is useless to me. It also keeps asking me for password for iCloud. I want to keep it simple. Disappointed.