"How come I'm using so much data?" from somebody who regularly used his phone as a wifi hotspot. We won't even get into the people who don't know how backing stuff up works. That was just in 30 minutes, in my immediate vicinity, in a very crowded store.
Still, I was done and out of the store by 5. With a new iPad, identical to my old one. Alas, it was not free, but it is still the 32GB and cellular and retina display I had before, and I paid (rather, my boss paid) $299. The iPad Air version is $729, and though I cheerfully agree when my son calls me an Apple Zombie, I am not quite such a zombie that I have to have the latest and greatest Everything Apple, nor would I have ever in a million years dreamed of asking that of my boss.
The Genius guy had no idea why the old one died. He looked at it, said, "It is immaculate!" and pulled up the serial number, established that it was far out of warranty. So when he said I could get a brand new one just like it for $299, I said, "Sold!" Boom. Done. I was outta there 10 minutes later.
I toyed with the idea of the iPad Mini, but really, the base model - 16 GB and wifi - is also $299. I had a full sized 32GB iPad with retina display and LTE, and I could replace it for the same price? No brainer. I had somehow managed to put 20GB of
The boss had been prepared to spend more, so he'll be happy too. Win-win! Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go cuddle the new baby.