After asking the Repair Community what iPhone models they fix the most, we had no choice but to ask the same about iPads. The team at eTech Parts is always curious to hear what our customers are up to and what they're seeing in their wireless repair shops. When we asked the Facebook community what iPad models they fix most frequently, there was a very clear winner.
Most Popular iPad Repairs
1. iPad 2
2. iPad Mini
3. iPad 3/4
The iPad 2 was the clear winner here, receiving a majority of the votes. The iPad Mini came next as the 2nd most frequently repaired iPad model according to the Repair Community. Coming in 3rd on the list is the iPad 3/4, with both models receiving a handful of votes each. This is a pretty interesting outcome - especially when compared to the list of most popular iPhone repairs.
According to data compiled from the Repair Community, the iPhone 5c is currently the most frequently fixed iPhone model, with the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 following close behind. The iPhone 5c and 5s were both released in September 2013, just a little over 1 1/2 years ago. The iPhone 5 was released in September 2012, making it just under 3 years old.
The iPad 2 was released in March 2011, meaning it just celebrated its 4th birthday last month. Though the iPad 2 was discontinued in March 2014, this clearly hasn't affected the consumer's need for iPad 2 repairs. In comparison to the ranking of most popular iPhone repairs, the iPhone 4s - which was released shortly after the iPad 2 in October 2011 - is #4 on the list behind 3 much newer devices.
While the sample size of responses may be too small to make any concrete conclusions based on the data, personally I think it says a lot about how people value their wireless devices. We all know how subsidized contracts affect the perceived value of expensive smartphones. A device sold at a subsidized rate of $199 is likely to be perceived as less valuable than a device that costs at least $399 right out of the box - like the iPad. This perception in turn can affect the life cycle and repair cycle of any given wireless device.
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