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Opinion: How soon is too soon for an Apple Watch 2?

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Apple’s upcoming retail overhaul for displaying the Watch

A lot of my techie friends are saying that the entry priced-Apple Watch Sport will be their pick next month, and not because of the exterior look. The theory is that Sport is the cheapest way to experience Apple’s new product category in 2015, and since the second-gen Apple Watch will inevitably be upgraded, why pay a premium this year for nicer materials such as stainless steel and sapphire glass?

Despite the Apple Watch’s desire to marry jewelry with technology, it hasn’t lost the baggage gadgets carry, namely the reality that they’ll be outdated and replaced in a relatively short period of time. If the Apple Watch evolves anything like the original iPad did when it became the iPad 2, the differences could be dramatic.

Personally, when I think about getting more perceived value out of a higher-priced stainless steel Apple Watch rather than testing the waters with the cheaper aluminum model, I’m more concerned with how soon the Apple Watch 2 will be announced rather than how much more functional the newer device could be. No matter what happens with the first-generation model, an Apple Watch 2 will come to market. How will Apple balance keeping the Apple Watch evolutionary momentum going with keeping the first-generation model “modern” for enough time to satisfy early adopters?

The reality is that anything goes after the current Apple Watch launches on April 24th. Apple’s history of updating products shows that the company never rules out deviating from the typical 12-month product upgrade cycle. The Apple Watch upgrade cycle is history waiting to be written, but some iOS devices (not considering the stagnated iPod touch) have remained at flagship status for more than 16 months, while others were upgraded after just 7 short months.

If an Apple Watch 2 powered by an S2 chip with even more sensors arrives 6 months after the original Apple Watch goes on sale, original Apple Watch owners wouldn’t lose any functionality from the product they only recently bought; there will just be a newer version to decide to buy or not, and a mild dose of frustration for those who didn’t hold out for the second-gen model.

Here are some of the possibilities illustrating how long the original Apple Watch will remain the only Apple Watch:

The Apple Watch could be the next iPad 3, in terms of time spent as the current model (and maybe weight and thickness, if the next-gen watch slims down). The iPad 4 was unveiled just 7 months after the iPad 3, moving the tablet launch month from March to October. While the iPad family benefitted from having a better flagship product, customers who had spent $500+  to have the latest tablet enjoyed a rather short bragging period, even given natural evolution in the tech world.

Measuring the Apple Watch’s lifespan is more complicated for a few reasons: it received an early pre-announcement before launch, and will be sold into a small list of countries at first. Apple originally unveiled the Apple Watch in September 2014, and customers won’t be able to own the device until April 2015. That’s a 7-month span — about the lifespan of the iPad 3 — that you could loosely consider as part of the product’s life cycle. Add 12 months without a hardware update from the time it goes on sale until the next release, and we’re looking at 19 months with the first-gen Watch being the only Apple Watch we know. Calls to innovate would inevitably follow.

With that in mind, it’s not impossible to imagine an Apple Watch 2 update taking place at the end of this year, although I admit I would feel a tad slighted as an Apple Watch 1 customer. Spring 2016 (historically more likely) would satisfy me.

The Apple Watch could be the next iPhone 4. Remember how long it felt between the iPhone 4 unveiling and the highly anticipated iPhone 4S announcement? 16 months in between meant everyone was more than ready for the “iPhone 5″ before Apple revealed the iPhone 4S, featuring nearly identical external hardware and an improved camera paired with Siri. If Apple used March 2016 to reveal the next Watch, that would amount to 18 months in between the announcement and successor, but only 11 months between shipping and the next version. Both the second-gen iPhone and second-gen iPad took this approach.

Keep in mind also that the Apple Watch will only be for sale in nine countries next month, with additional markets likely lighting up in the months that follow. These markets will supplement Apple Watch sales, adding new potential customers during a lengthy product cycle similar to the iPhone 4’s Verizon launch in January 2011, and the white iPhone 4’s delayed release in April 2011.

Apple took nearly 6 months between the original iPhone unveiling and the release, then announced the iPhone 3G 12 months later, a month before its release. Similarly, the original iPad was announced 3 months before going on sale, then replaced after 12 months. Again, bear in mind that the Apple Watch has 7 months lead time between announcement and release, longer than either product.

Apple Watch Things app

Native Apple Watch apps are coming in 2015. Adding native app support from third-party developers — not just extension-like WatchKit apps — to the Apple Watch will be a big deal on the software side. An SDK for creating such apps is on its way this year. Showing it off in June at WWDC, then letting developers ship in the fall a year after the Apple Watch’s first unveiling, would pad the extended life cycle.

Changing this aspect of the software would “update” the Apple Watch lineup without changing the physical product. Come next spring, a March or April Apple Watch 2 announcement would give original Apple Watch customers adequate time to own Apple’s new device before being asked to consider upgrading to the newer, better version or not.

There’s also chatter that new materials are being considered for the casing of the Apple Watch. From the perspective of someone interested in spending a little more money for nicer materials while hoping a newer version doesn’t surface too soon, I’d still be satisfied with my purchase if a revved Apple Watch lineup added new material options while offering the same internal hardware and features. It’s the promise of new sensors and improved battery life that tempt upgrading.

Apple-Watch-packaging

So what should you make of all this information? For me, this is an exercise in determining the value of paying a premium for materials that deliver nearly the same utility — for $200 more, the sapphire front will be more protective by some factor than the Ion-X glass found on the Sport model. I would be more likely to upgrade from an Apple Watch to an Apple Watch 2 if I only paid the utility price for a Sport model, but investing in a stainless steel first-gen model would make me hold on to my purchase a little while longer than I might otherwise consider with a tech product.

As I mentioned above, other people are considering these issues when deciding which Apple Watch to purchase, even if they’re already sold on the utility of the device. If you knew the Apple Watch 2 was actually 24 months away from being announced, would you consider paying more for a nicer version now?


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Zac Hall

April 3rd

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AT&T expands GoPhone prepaid plans to tablets, iPad mini and iPad 3 supported

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In addition to announcing a trio of new Android tablets, AT&T has also announced that it is expanding its GoPhone prepaid plans to support a handful of tablets, including the iPad mini and iPad 3. The GoPhone plans work by purchasing a $10 GoPhone SIM Kit then choosing a pre-paid data plan for your device. For $15/mo you’ll get 250MB of data and 100MB of additional data can be purchased for $10 each. $30 a month will get you 3GB and 500MB of additional data will run you $10. Finally, $50 per month will get you 5GB of data, with each additional GB costing $10.

You can read the full list of compatible tablets on AT&T’s website. It’s odd that the iPad mini with Retina and iPad Air aren’t compatible with those prepaid GoPhone data plans. Most likely, however, it’s due to AT&T wanting to keep the GoPhone name associated with older and lower-end devices. With the recent deals we’ve been seeing on the iPad mini, it’s looking more and more appealing each day, especially when paired with somewhat affordable data.


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Chance Miller

June 6th

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iPad Air higher-tech but actually cheaper to produce than iPad 3, says research firm

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Research firm IHS, which previously dismantled the iPhone 5s and 5c to calculate component costs, has now done the same with the iPad Air.

It concludes that while the technology in the iPad Air is significantly more advanced than in the iPad 3 (for some reason the company skipped the iPad 4), the total production cost is actually lower, reports AllThingsD.

The firm says Apple’s iPad Air [...] costs between $274 and $361 to build depending on model. The [...] total component cost of the base model, at $274, is still $42 cheaper than the entry-level third-generation iPad …

The display and touchscreen assembly is significantly more advanced than earlier models, with a higher combined production cost of $133, says IHS.

For the touchscreen bit, there’s a new type of sensor known as a cycle-olefin polymer (COP) sensor that sits underneath the outer layer of Gorilla Glass that users touch. What used to require two layers of glass now requires only one. The result, the whole assembly measures out to 1.8 millimeters thick versus 2.23 millimeters on the third-generation model.

There’s also fewer LED lights providing the backlighting to the display than before. The brightness that once required 84 LED lights, is now being accomplished with only 36.

The lighting trick appears to be achieved by a combination of the thinner screen assembly (thus less dimming) and an optical film used to spread the lighting across a wider area, though it’s also possible that the LEDs are more powerful.

IHS says that Apple also managed to achieve something with the iPad Air that it tried but failed to do with the iPhone 5s and 5c: use a single set of wireless chips to allow the same model to be used on any U.S. carrier. This allows Apple to benefit from economies of scale. IHS says Apple was unable to do the same with the latest iPhones as there simply isn’t enough room in the casing to accommodate all the chips needed.

Some sample costs:

  • Display assembly ($90 display, $43 touchscreen): $133
  • A7 chip ($5 less than the A5 chip in the iPad 3): $18
  • Wireless chips: $32
  • Flash storage: $9 for 16GB up to $60 for 128GB

IHS calculates that Apple’s overall margins range from 45 percent on the base 16GB wifi model to 61 percent on the top-of-the-range 128GB LTE model.


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Ben Lovejoy

November 5th

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Best Buy Will Give You At Least $200 for Your Old iPad 2 or iPad 3

Best Buy Will Give You At Least $200 for Your Old iPad 2 or iPad 3

That old iPad 2 of yours too blurry for your precious eyes? That fantastically beautiful screen on the iPad 3 too heavy to lift for your puny muscles? Best Buy is willing to take those old tablets off your hands for at least 200 bucks. This Friday June 12th and Saturday June 13th, Best Buy is doing a trade-in event where it'll give you a $200 gift card for your old iPads. You can get more than that too.

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Casey Chan

July 11th

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Best Buy Will Give You At Least $200 for Your Old iPad 2 or iPad 3

Best Buy Will Give You At Least $200 for Your Old iPad 2 or iPad 3

That old iPad 2 of yours too blurry for your precious eyes? That fantastically beautiful screen on the iPad 3 too heavy to lift for your puny muscles? Best Buy is willing to take those old tablets off your hands for at least 200 bucks. This Friday June 12th and Saturday June 13th, Best Buy is doing a trade-in event where it'll give you a $200 gift card for your old iPads. You can get more than that too.

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Casey Chan

July 11th

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Best Buy puts iPad 3 on clearance for as low as $314 as Walmart offers 16GB iPad mini for $299

From 9to5Toys.com:

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Best Buy started offering some nice deals on the previous generation iPad 3 with Retina display today with most models available for up to 30 percent off normal retail prices. One of the most enticing deals will let online shoppers get their hands on a 16GB Wi-Fi only model for just $314. A 32GB Wi-Fi only model is available for as low as $384 ($165 off retail).

The retailer is offering deals on other iPad 3 models as well, such as the 16GB iPad 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular on AT&T for $405.99.

You can check out all Best Buy’s iPad 3 deals here.

Walmart also has an attractive iPad deal today, offering the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini for $299. That’s $30 off retail and around the same amount refurbished models are going for. You can reserve online but will have to pick up in-store. This is definitely the best deal you’ll find for the entry level iPad mini:

Update: Walmart’s iPad mini deal is now available for shipping.

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Jordan Kahn

April 3rd

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Apple confirms that 12W adapter will charge iPads quicker than older 10W adapters

The morning of Apple’s iPad mini event earlier this week, we told you there was a handful of new accessories coming including four new Lightning adapters and a 12W USB power adapter. We didn’t hear much about them during the event, but the new cables and adapters have hit Apple’s online store now, including a Lightning Digital AV adapter and Lightning to VGA adapter, with most shipping in “2-3 weeks”.

On the product page for the new 12W USB charger, Apple confirmed it would indeed ship with Retina iPads. With the new fourth-gen replacing the third-gen iPad—that would essentially cover just the iPad 4. It is, however, selling the adapter by itself for $19 online and listing compatibility with iPad 2, iPhone 4S, and iPod touch fifth-gen and up. Many readers have wondered whether the adapter would allow for faster charging with the iPad 3 and fourth-gen iPad. A big complaint among third-gen iPad users is that the device took up several more hours to charge than previous generations due to its larger battery. Also, on Apple’s discussion forums, some users asked if a software update would be required for the iPad 3 to draw additional power.

When we asked Apple about the 12W adapters, we were told the following:

“We don’t have an exact percentage of how much faster it would charge but you should see an increase in speed.”

It would make sense. For example, an older 10W iPad charger charges an iPhone slightly quicker than its own. In case you were wondering, Apple also told us that the iPad mini would come with a 12W adapter as well, which means we could see much quicker charges for Apple’s smaller tablets in addition to the new Retina iPad.

Apple’s new 12W USB Power Adapter is available right now from its online store for $19 and shipping in “1-3 business days“. Word has it that Apple will also exchange iPad 3′s purchased in the last 30 days for a new fourth-gen.



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Jordan Kahn

October 24th

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Top places to trade a third-generation, not-so ‘new’ iPad for cash or credit

So…I have the new iPad, err, the third-generation iPad, and its value tanked by 30 percent to 50 percent in the last 24 hours thanks to the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini unveiling at the California Theatre yesterday.

I now have a few decisions to make. I can keep my iPad and wait for a larger update in the fifth-generation iPad. I could also trade my iPad for money or credit to buy the fourth-generation iPad, or I can even use the trade-in money for my iPad to get the iPad mini and then keep the extra dough for myself.

I actually decided to take a fourth option: I am going to trade my not-so new iPad and my dusty ‘ole first-generation iPad for credit to go toward the fourth-generation iPad. This way, I will be up to date. I will also get more bang for my trade-in buck when Apple releases the fifth-generation iPad (next fall?), as I will have the latest version. As for the iPad mini, I guess I will have to shell out extra money for it. I could always trade my old iPhones to get cash for it, though…but more on that here.

9to5Mac has you covered, for whichever path you choose, as we have compiled another list of the top trade-in places for cash or credit.

Check out the top 13 list below.

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1. Amazon: Amazon offers the best trade-in value for the third-generation iPad—hands down. Unfortunately, it only offers Amazon gift cards as credit. Even more unfortunately: Amazon.com gift cards cannot be used on AmazonWireless. So, if you use this option, you are just trading the iPad for spending on Amazon’s marketplace. So, it’s not exactly the best option for those looking to trade up. The 16GB iPad (Wi-Fi, Black) gets up to $365, while the 64GB iPad (Wi-Fi + AT&T 4G, Black) gets up to $650.

2. eBay: As the first online garage sale, essentially, it make sense for it to provide a decent trade-in program with cash dispensed through PayPal. The e-commerce service also provides free shipping and automatic quotes. The iPad 3 (Wi-Fi 16 GB) gets up to $286, while the iPad 3 (Wi-Fi + 4G Verizon 64GB) gets up to $300. Interestingly, the iPad 3 (Wi-Fi + 4G AT&T 64GB) gets up to $520.

3. Gazelle: Gazelle offers multiple ways to collect trade-in cash either through a check, PayPal, or Amazon.com gift card. The gift card option will grant 5 percent more than the quoted value; but as we said above, it is no good at Amazon Wireless. Oh, and Gazelle features free shipping. The 16GB iPad (Wi-Fi) gets up to $250, while the 64GB iPad (Wi-Fi + AT&T 4G) gets up to $495.

4. NextWorth: NextWorth offers cash via PayPal, check, or Target gift card—with free shipping. The service also partnered with Target online to extend the same program to those online shoppers. NextWorth does not display prices up front, and it requires a questionnaire about an iPad’s condition before giving quotes, but it has a $20 refer-a-friend bonus for each new customer (friends will also get an extra 5 percent bonus for their trade, too). The 16GB iPad (Wi-Fi, White) gets up to $265, while the 64GB iPad (Wi-Fi + Verizon 4G) gets up to $300.

Nextworth is also offering a special promo code for an extra 10 percent on any model of the iPad:

The promo code to use during checkout on NextWorth.com is “MINI” and the 10 percent bonus value is honored for any model and condition of iPod and iPad. The promotion is good until November 10, and consumers will have the 21-day price lock before needing to send in their old devices.

5. GameStop: GameStop is a bit more troublesome, because folks need to visit a physical store to swap an iPad. Print the online quotes, go to the store, and then a store associate will examine the tablet and offer cash or store credit for an exchange. Values dip drastically, however, if you choose cash over stored credit as a payout option. Fortunately, through this method, shipping is no longer a headache. The 16GB iPad (Wi-Fi) gets up to $129, while the 64GB iPad (Wi-Fi + Verizon 4G) gets up to $499.

6. Best Buy: BestBuy is one of the more simpler services for trading an iPad. Simply select the model, choose its quality, and add it to the cart. The retailer warned that actual trade-ins would vary according to condition, accessories, and other factors. It does not list iPad 3 values yet, but those looking to trade an older-generation iPad such as iPad 2 (Wi-Fi, 32GB, Black) could get up to $227.

7. RadioShack: RadioShack touts in-store and online options for exchanging an iPad. In fine print, on the bottom of the website, however, the retailer said trade-ins are subject to applicable processing fees and must include chargers, cables, or other accessories. The 16GB iPad (Wi-Fi) gets up to $201, while the 64GB iPad (Wi-Fi + AT&T 4G) gets up to $400.

8. Apple’s Recycling Program: Apple’s Recycling Program issues an Apple gift card by mail that works at any Apple retail store or the Apple online store when swapping an iPad. The company even grants free shipping and packaging for the trade-in process generated by PowerOn. The 16GB iPad (Wi-Fi) gets up to $260, while the 64GB iPad (Wi-Fi + 4G, White) gets up to $460.

9. PowerMax: PowerMax does not show quotes on the website. It requests a questionnaire about the iPad, and then it will contact prospective traders within minutes. “By trading in, you have a seamless transaction with the trusted folks at PowerMax, who have done this for nearly two decades. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s secure,” contends the e-commerce service. PowerMax advertises that consumers can receive a check or credit for the agreed-upon amount, but a response e-mail from the website indicated it only permits trades for store credit. The exchange process also takes four weeks to six weeks.

10. Craigslist: This is not a trade-in program, but it is still a feasible option. It is easy to quickly post the specs of a tablet with a desired asking price. It is also free to post, but some may whine over the packaging and shipping hassle—hence its No. 10 spot on this list. Nevertheless, Craigslist is a popular website perfectly capable of matchmaking sellers to potential buyers.

11. Verizon Wireless: The Verizon Wireless Trade-In Program determines the value of Wi-Fi and Verizon-enabled iPads,  in just four simple steps, and it offers a Verizon Wireless electronic gift card via e-mail. The 16GB iPad 3 (Wi-Fi), for instance, gets up to $190, while the 64GB iPad 3 (3G) gets up to $210.

12. Glyde: While Glyde is not a typical trade-in program, it makes it easy for consumers to buy and sell used electronics. It essentially provides consumers with “unique insight into the resale market for used electronics.” It can also give up-to-date and accurate pricing for old iPad models with trends and geographical data. Glyde even offers “speed sale” and “set reminder” options for the streamlining process, as well as additional tips and advice on the best time to sell old tablets to make the most money. The 16GB iPad (Wi-Fi) market price is $380, while the 64GB iPad (Wi-Fi + 4G, Black) market price is $603.

13. iCracked: iCracked is another very simple service for trading an iPad. It offers payout options through check, PayPal, or Recycle&Donate. iCracked offers consumers the option of donating their payout to one of four U.S. charities: the American Red Cross, the USO, the Nature Conservatory, and the American Cancer Society. Also, iCracked offers a Cracked Screen Only condition that qualifies for a higher payout than a Broken condition (often, twice as high). The 16GB iPad (Wi-Fi) gets up to $300, while the 64GB iPad (Wi-Fi + 4G, Verizon) gets up to $520. Meanwhile, a cracked-screen 64GB iPad (Wi-Fi + 4G, Verizon) gets up to $365.

Please remember that quoted values are subject to change.

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Elyse Betters

October 24th

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You Can Buy an iPad 3 with Retina Display for Cheaper Than the iPad 2

Dealzmodo! If you're looking for the cheapest full-sized iPad available, it's not the iPad 2 which still costs $400 brand new. Instead, the best deal on an iPad is the third-generation iPad with Retina Display. You can get it for only $380. More »


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Casey Chan

October 24th

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You Can Buy an iPad 3 with Retina Display for Cheaper Than the iPad 2

Dealzmodo! If you're looking for the cheapest full-sized iPad available, it's not the iPad 2 which still costs $400 brand new. Instead, the best deal on an iPad is the third-generation iPad with Retina Display. You can get it for only $380. More »


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Casey Chan

October 24th

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