Can you teach an old iPad new tricks?

I bought my first iPad from a former student who wanted to buy a new laptop. It is a 1st generation iPad and it has served this family for years now. It’s battery isn’t so good and it can no longer get new apps, but as a video player? It has done well, but it may be time to send it out to pasture.

I then took an iPad course and upgrade to the forgotten child of iPads, the iPad 3. According to Wikipedia, it was the shortest lifespan of any iOS product as the 4th generation was released less than a year later. This iPad is now loved by my son, but can no longer hold up to a lot of use. This was replaced by an iPad mini that I used for years in my classroom before passing it to my wife as I got an iPad Air…more on that soon.

Recently, we replace my wife’s iPad Mini with a newer iPad Mini that supports Apple Pencil and runs much better for her in her life as an elementary music teacher. The old Mini, which still runs ok, will now be pushed down the line as a family iPad for movies, games and an emergency remote for the Apple TV.

My iPad Air has been the best iPad I have owned. It is light, durable and easy to use. It has survived falls, Middle School Students and more for a number of years now, but it is starting to slow down. Since I am not in a position to get another new iPad, I am doing the next best thing. I am starting over. I just erased all of it and decided to see how it goes. Can I learn to use the iPad in new ways? Will it hold up, even though it is older? We shall find out!

Mr. Mazurek


  1. It probably will hold up but there might be a need of new components such as a new battery. In the last few years Apple has made extravagant changes to their devices and boards. The latest might not run on the older versions but a simple modification will change a lot, Apple doesn’t physically sell the components but if you go to a genius they’ll most likely replace them and they won’t just change the minor problem, they will REPLACE the whole problem.

    • So far the battery has held up well. The device itself has just become bloated with stuff over the years. I’ll have to keep in mind a trip to the Genius Bar if things go poorly.

      • I mean what I mean by that is that if you have a bent CPU chip or a bad socket they’ll probably replace the whole board or replace the whole CPU making the repair price go through the roof; I watch this YouTube channel that’s a repair group in New York in which where they the people will fix the problem without replacing something that doesn’t need replacement. The group won a lawsuit by apple last year and they explain a lot. Here’s a link to the channel if you’re interested : https://www.youtube.com/user/rossmanngroup

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