When I bought my iPad 2 back in 2011, I figured I wouldn’t be able to schedule future Mac and iPad upgrades in different years. That strategy partially worked. I’ve now had more than 4-1/2 years of
service from my late 2008 MacBook as my anchor Mac, well beyond my usual three year provisional target for system upgrades, thanks to the iPad purchase.
What I hadn’t anticipated is the amount I use the iPad relative to my Macs, or that I would end up needing to replace both machines at the same time. However, that’s more or less where I’m at. The
old MacBook is still providing flawless service, except that the hard drive is full even after judicious file-weeding, and I don’t really want to spend serious money for a larger capacity drive
upgrade on a nearly five year old machine that’s the bottom minimum system requirement spec for Mountain Lion and Mavericks. And iOS 7 transformed the iPad 2 from a slick and refined performer into
a ragged-performing clunker for the sort of use I give it. If I could downgrade to iOS 6, I would, but Apple has decreed that iOS version upgrades are a bridge-burner, and reversion is not an
option. So, I need a…