Should homeschoolers buy the new iPad 3


Apple just announced the new iPad. The new iPad 3 has a few new features but is it worth it for homeschooling? The main new features are:

  • Retina display for high resolution
  • 5 MP pixel camera
  • A faster processor
  • So should you get one for your homeschool? I would say no for the following reasons.

  • the iPad 2 (16GB) is now $100 cheaper
  • the new iPad will require more memory because of the camera and higher resolution
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    Unless you plan on using the iPad for taking pictures in place of your regular camera you really don’t need a better iPad camera. Sure the iPad 2 camera is not very good but most of the time the kids just use it to take crazy pictures. This can use up a lot of memory even with the low resolution iPad 2 camera.

    There may be some instances when the high resolution screen would be nice but it is not a must have. Videos and pictures look fine on the iPad 2.

    While Apple will continue to sell the iPad 2, it appears that the iPad 2 will only come in the 16GB capacity model. You should still be able to get a larger capacity refurbished iPad 2 through apples store which still carry the one year warranty. As of this writing you can get a 32GB iPad 2 for $449. More memory was high on my iPad 3 wish list. I have had some problems with using most of the memory on my 16 GB iPad 2 but it’s good to purge apps and pictures every once in a while.

    So for now I will stick with the iPad 2. In a year or so there may be something new but for now I am content with the iPad 2.


    Husband, Father, and Engineer trying to use technology for homeschooling my five children.

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