iPads in business - replacement schedule

Among my clients I am seeing more iPads being used by business -- in my case non-profit organizations. I am wondering how often we should budget for replacing this hardware? Beyond recurring operational costs and support, are there other longer-range costs we should include in our planning?

I suspect that Apple would say one year. On the other hand three-five years is probably way too long.
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awaggonerCommented:
I think it is still too soon to tell from a strickly maintenance perspective.

My recommendation would be to plan on a three year replacement schedule, but be sure that the people who need to know realize this is only a preliminary estimate.  

You don't currently know how many iPads will suffer failures and need replaced.  I would suspect the apps should work fine for the 3 - 5 year period.  But depending upon usage, you may have to plan on battery replacements before the iPad actually fails.
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