I wish to buy an iPad to have some digital interactive books. The requirements for the books are: "To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 5.1 or later".

I don't wish to buy a new iPad (low on cash), and wish to buy a second hand one, as I'll be using the iPad only for using those digital books.

I know nothing about iPads and their different versions. What would be the minimal iPad generation (normal size or mini) I should buy?

  • You can also check to see if it's compatible with iBooks for Mac OS X (if you happen to own a Mac). – Waynn Lue Apr 11 '14 at 23:11

Every iPad including the original can run iOS 5.1 so it doesn't matter which iPad you purchase. The original iPad can be updated to iOS 5.1.1 and at the time of writing all other iPads (including all iPad minis) are still able to be updated to the latest version of iOS (7.1).

iBooks 3 requires iOS 5.1 so is able to be run on all devices that can run iOS 5.1 (therefore all iPads). However, iBooks 3 uses more system resources and the first generation barely handles it with numerous complaints of crashing simply because the first generation iPad doesn't have the resources available.

Ideally you probably want to buy the most recent iPad you can which will give you the ability to update in the future.

  • Thanks, what about the minimal iBooks version requirement? – BlakBat Apr 11 '14 at 20:56
  • @BlakBat Expanded answer – grg Apr 11 '14 at 21:01
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    The current version of iBooks, 3.2, requires iOS7. – Tom Gewecke Apr 11 '14 at 21:21
  • Thanks for the answers. So I guess an iPad Mini (1st generation) should be enough for my minimal needs. – BlakBat Apr 11 '14 at 21:31

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