My 2012 iPad is ugly and slow – and I love it!

My old 4th Gen iPad with a mug of coffee resting on it.
(Image credit: Future)

My iPad is old. It's out of date. It is, on paper, a potato. It's so ancient that it's nowhere to be seen on our pretty extensive iPad generations list. I had to look up what year it got released by jotting down its model code and cross-referencing it on an online spreadsheet. A fittingly un-sexy task for my un-sexy tablet. It's a 4th Gen iPad that came out 2012, and I bloody love it.

But why do I care for this chunk of metal? A while ago, philosopher Alain de Botton took time away from musing about building churches for atheists, and wrote a piece about how all new iPhone owners secretly wish they'd drop their phone, crack its screen, and finally stop stressing about dropping their new phone and cracking its screen. I can see his point. I love my crappy old iPad because I don't need to buy it an industrial-grade hard case to protect it from a light breeze. In fact, I often throw it around – across the sofa, onto the bed, or onto the floor via my partner's cack hands. The point is, this iPad is not a source of stress for me, because it is roughly worth less than a decaf flat white with oat milk. 

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Beren Neale
Ecom Editor

Beren has worked on creative titles at Future Publishing for over 13 years. Cutting his teeth as Staff Writer on the digital art magazine ImagineFX, he moved on to edit several creative titles, and is currently the Ecommerce Editor on the most effective creative website in the world. When he's not testing and reviewing the best ergonomic office chairs, phones, laptops, TVs, monitors and various types of storage, he can be found finding and comparing the best deals on the tech that creatives value the most.