“In the life of every device, there’s a moment when you start to wonder whether it’s still useful. Everything becomes old, and obsolescence is all but assured in the world of technology,” Michael deAgonia writes for Computerworld. “But ‘old’ is not the same as ‘obsolete.'”
“It’s been more than three years since Apple debuted the original 9.7-in. iPad, the first tablet to go mainstream and the one that opened the floodgates to all the tablets that have followed,” deAgonia writes. “Then in March 2011, Apple discontinued the iPad, replacing it with the thinner, faster iPad 2 — the same model that Apple still sells for $399. With the arrival last month of the ultra-slim one-pound iPad Air, and the rollout this week of the new iPad mini with Retina display, it looks as if time has passed the original iPad by.”
“But has the original iPad really outlived its usefulness? Absolutely not. There are still a plethora of uses for the iPad, including the sacrifice play. At the very least, you can usually trade in an old iPad — even the first model — for savings on a new one,” deAgonia writes. “From my own perspective, the first-generation iPad is still great for watching movies and TV shows, listening to podcasts, or, if you don’t mind reading on back-lit screens, perusing an ebook…. The iPad can serve as a hand-me-down device that can grow with your child; there are cases that add bulk (and protection) to the iPad in kid-friendly designs that can be updated as needed. And the wealth of kid-oriented apps in the App Store means it will serve as a learning tool for as long as it’s still working.”
Many more ideas for your old iPad in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: There are plenty of uses for old iPads! What are you doing with yours?