Monday, June 13, 2016

RIP iPad 2 and 3

The WWDC just wrapped and the one topic I was interested in most to see was the unveiling of iOS 10. I was not so much interested in what features would be added (and there are a few good ones), but more so for what devices would be supported. I'm sure a lot of schools are in the same situation we are with regards to the iPad craze a few years ago. We jumped on board with these amazing learning devices but now those of us who were able to get in somewhat early will now be forced to refresh sooner than expected. Announced today, the iPad 2 and 3 are no longer supported. Obviously this doesn't mean our devices simply stop working but we will start to see app updates diminish as developers require iOS 10.

Photo courtesy of @jake_k

I had anticipated the iPad 2 being phased out for support but was shocked the 3rd generation iPad is also on the chopping block. This now eliminates all the iPads we have in our building. Understandable decision by Apple but costly for us.