Regardless of when it was bought or what generation it is, an iPad represents a significant investment for most people. When it was first released in 2010, the base model was priced at $499, which, even by today’s standards, is no small chunk of change.
For this reason, most iPad owners aim to hold on to their devices for as long as possible. Which can be fine–at least for a while. Apple generally offers excellent support on their older devices, though that support is limited. Given how technology is always advancing, your iPad will no longer be able to do what you need it to after a certain point.
An iPad trade-in can be a good idea when your device reaches a certain age. To that end, here are a few signs that you’re due for an upgrade:
Your iPad is obsolete
Obsolete iPads refer to discontinued models that are no longer supported by Apple. This means that the latest version of iPad OS is not compatible with the device.
You can keep using an iPad without updating its software, but this can leave it–and your information, by extension–vulnerable to security glitches. Additionally, certain applications simply won’t install on older versions of iPad OS.
As of April 2022, any iPad from the 4th generation and earlier has been declared obsolete by Apple. This includes models from the Air and mini lines. If you aren’t sure about which generation your iPad belongs to, you can easily identify it online on Apple’s support website.
An iPad trade-in via WeCellTrade is a great way to capitalize on an obsolete iPad. They accept models from all the way back as 2011, keeping your device from becoming e-waste and saving it from landfills.
Your iPad no longer supports the apps you need
Most people use their iPads primarily for entertainment. On it, they can read books, watch videos, and use social media apps.
Others treat their iPads as their primary computing device. Indeed, Apple has marketed the latest versions of the iPad as computers in their own right that can perform just as well, if not better, than laptops or netbooks. Because of this, a lot of users depend solely on their iPads for work or school.
Just like iPad OS, though, most apps are updated every so often to improve functionality and security. In most cases, developers will do their best to continue supporting older iPad models, but it’s usually only a matter of time before that, too, ceases. This can be a major hassle for those who do a majority of their work on an iPad.
Once your iPad stops being able to do what you need, it’s probably high time for an upgrade. With WeCellTrade, you can sell your item and earn a bit of cash back to put towards your new device.
You can’t find accessories for your iPad
Visually, few things have changed between old iPads and new iPads. Sure, the bezels have gotten thinner, they’re slightly lighter, and their edges are more squared off now, but anyone can identify an iPad from a single glance.
Apple’s changes from one generation to the next are subtle, but they can be significant. For example, most of their early mobile devices made use of a proprietary 30-pin data and power connector. In 2012, though, they introduced the Lightning connector, and it is the current standard for all their devices, from iPhones, iPads, AirPods, etc.
This has made hunting for replacement accessories difficult for those who own older or vintage iPad models. Few stores sell 30-pin cables nowadays, and the quality can be extremely hit or miss. The same can be said for iPad cases, screen protectors, and keyboards. Most of what’s out there doesn’t fit or isn’t compatible. A lot of the accessories on offer are years-old stock that’s already falling apart before you even receive it.
A frayed charging cable doesn’t seem like a major problem until you can’t find a suitable replacement for it. Then, it’s the sign to get with the times.
At WeCellTrade, you can have your iPad traded in for cash. They also accept tablets from other manufacturers such as Samsung and Microsoft, as well as phones and smartwatches. Bring yourself into the 21st century and start an iPad trade-in with them now.