Today Apple announced the much-anticipated “New iPad” (yes that is the actual name apparently). My thoughts are simple… Apple is doing with the iPad, the exact same thing they’ve done with the iPhone. Traditionally with the iPhone Apple has done a revolutionary release every two years while the release in between has been evolutionary at best. When the first iPhone came out it was absolutely amazing, and so was the first iPad. With the second generation iPhone we got the iPhone 3G, which again, was awesome. The second release of the iPad brought us the iPad 2 which was another leap forward for the tablet device. However, after the first two revolutionary releases of the iPhone, we were treated to the iPhone 3G S before we got the iPhone 4, and now we are getting the “New iPad” before we’ll get the actual iPad 4 (I believe).
Here’s what you need to know about the new iPad… It’s faster, has a better screen/graphics, the camera is better, and it is now 4G LTE compatible. The pricing for the new iPad remains the same as its predecessors, you can grab a 16GB wifi model for $499 and a 64GB 4G model will run you $829… I’m still not thrilled with the extra charge for 4G, but oh well. I’m highly disappointed with the fact that Apple hasn’t increased the storage capacity of the iPad (I wanted 128GB). Seriously, with a device that can edit 19MP images and play 1080p video, wouldn’t you think that most people will want the extra space? or maybe an SD card slot? I get the “walled garden” approach to Apple design, and their minimalism is part of why I love their products, but come on!
As was the case with the iPhone 4 S, if you have the iPad 2 this is probably not a must-have upgrade. However, if you are one of those still using the original iPad, you should definitely make the switch. Though I’m somewhat disappointed by the announcement today, I certainly understand the direction that Apple is (apparently) taking. In anticipation of this release I already sold my iPad 2, so I’m getting the new one on launch day, but like I said it’s up for debate as to whether or not I would recommend everyone rushing out to get one. Again, it’s just my $.02 but I thought I’d share… Discuss!