Yesterday I was given back an iPad Mini that I lent someone some years ago. It is a first-generation iPad 3G bought in late 2013. It does not have a retina display. Despite being in complete working order, it is as good as useless.
The latest iOS available for it is iOS 9.3.6. This means it cannot work with the latest iCloud application formats (Reminders, Notes, …) and many current applications will not run on it. If it could run the Kindle application, I would keep it for that purpose. It can use the Kindle cloud reader available in Safari, but in the absence of other applications, it doesn’t seem to be worth keeping.
It has been reset a few times over the last year or two, meaning it has lost all of its legacy applications. Apparently, it is possible to jump through hoops to get the old ones on there but frankly I don’t have the time or patience.
It does seem a little wasteful that a device like this is rendered useless by software updates. It’s six years old – so be it. It’s going to CEX for a new life with a new owner.