Hi Chip -
The latest news is that the iPhone 5 *might* be out this fall. They normally release new iPhones in June, but because of other Apple releases (including their new operating system, Lion, and new computers) they wanted to wait.
Yes, the iPad is great. We’ve sold and set up dozens of them. That’s all I brought with me to Paris (and some clothes).
The 3G doesn’t have to be activated, but I would recommend getting a model with it. Verizon is definitely the best. All models come with WiFi.
The 32GB is fine. 64 is probably overkill.
I wouldn’t bother with the warranty either. Those devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad) only break when physically damaged (dropped, abused or liquid), and the warranty won’t cover them.
Currently you can only get the iPad online from Apple and a handful of resellers (like B&H Photo, over the phone). You can also buy them in Target (ironically).
I doubt Apple will release a new iPad for at least another year. They will undoubtedly release new software, but all devices will be compatible with the new software. New software offers new features.
Hope that helps.
On 30 Jul 2011, at 13:20, Chip Chandler wrote:
> Hi Hunter, > > We are thinking about getting our son an iPad 2 for his birthday. He has been pining for one for a couple of years, and I am considering getting the one with Verizon that is 3G, Wi-fi, and 32KB. The rationale is that he travels a lot on business and needs the 3G; Verizon has the best coverage; and he does not need 64 KB since he has a computer on which he will store much of his data. He just needs enough memory to store his music and any books or music he downloads. Are there any other factors we should be considering, like a new model that is about to come out, accessories we should consider, or the need for an Applecare contract? Here’s the link I have been using: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad/select?mco=MjE0OTI0MDI > > Also, any more news on when the iPhone with international capability and Verizon configuration will be out? > > Best, > > Chip