I’ve got an iPad Pro 10.5”. I bought it on here ages ago and it’s been great, but the battery is now fucked.
Apple want £129 and a quick googling suggests third party replacement is about £90-100,but not sure if that’s using an Apple battery or something random. Looked at trading it in and Apple offered me £65, against the most recent equivalent at £899! To be fair I don’t really need a Pro, but even the 10th gen starts at £499…
Is official battery replacement worth it? It still works perfectly and is fast and stable and still supported, at least for the time being, it seems a shame to bin it…
I’d say yes. Not sure it’s similar to the iPhones but when I took my iPhone in for a battery replacement they gave me a brand new iPhone. Exact same model. Apparently the batteries are bonded in and don’t always come out cleanly.
Assuming the rest of the iPad is fine then definitely worth it.
The newer ones might be a bit faster with the M1 processor etc but for general stuff the Pro is plenty good enough imo.
If I remember rightly your daughter is going to Japan. If so they are much cheaper over there. Might be an alternative option.
Well, that might happen, my phone contract is up next month and I can get an iPhone 14 and a 9th Gen iPod bundle for a fiver a month more than I’m paying now, so thinking I might do that. Will think about it.
Also a good option, thanks!
Which network are you on Rob ?
If she buys it in BIC Camera or Yodabashi Camera the two big electronic chains she can get it tax free (8% or so) as well. Apple Stores can’t sell duty free as I recently discovered as they were caught not passing on all the duty on items sold.
Tesco at the moment, which uses O2. But Virgin are doing some great deals at the moment, think they use Vodaphone?
My iPad is Wi-Fi only though, if that’s why you were asking.
Virgin is also O2 since the merger.
Ahh, that makes sense now, FoL#2 is with Virgin and keeps getting offers from O2, we got into the O2 fanzone at Twickenham during the 6 Nations because she got a code from them. Did wonder why at the time! Thought it was because she’s all over the Rugby socials…
Just curious , I’ve just left o2 to join Vodafone and was tempted with a iPad on contract but their prices and apples support pisses me off so I’ve held firm. Would like a new iPad but the prices are crazy. I’ve got an iPad 4 in the drawer , perfect condition and battery. Just useless as it’s not supported anymore. I know that’s extreme as it’s years old but someone said to me the other day Apple are dropping support to 3 years now. Not sure if that’s true.
3 years is shit if that’s true. Mine is from 2017 I think, but still gets updates.
Very rare for Apple to drop support for stuff under 5-6 years old. There was a rumour the iPhone X and iPhone 8 would be dropped from the next release of iOS later in the year but there was a later rumour that they will be supported. They are both 6 years old later this year so will take them to nearly 7 if they are supported. Certainly much better than Android support.
If it works ok and copes with what ypu use it for then get a new battery.
(Environmentally the right thing to do, probably)