Wednesday was Apple’s first product launch since Steve Jobs’ passing, so there was understandably a lot riding on it. Unfortunately for Apple fans, and the for the company, the new iPad (don’t-call-me-3) was quite a disappointment.
Aside from boasting a new screen resolution 2048×1536 (basically the same resolution as the ASUS Transformer 700 series and a few other high-end Android tabs) and an improved GPU, there’s not much to talk about. It’s using an updated version of the same old dual-core processor, which has yet to show any performance advantages to Android’s Tegra 3 quad-core chip, or even the Snapdragon S4 dual core chip, despite Apple’s claims.
Apple has finally brought a couple of features to the table that really should have been on the iPad 2 already, so at least they are catching up to the present. They’ve added 4G connectivity and an updated camera, although the camera is still just a 5mp shooter.
So is it worth another $600 for an iPad 2 with a better display? Maybe to loyal fanboys, but not to the average consumer. To be realistic, the iPad 2 already sports 720p video recording and 1080p playback. This is more than enough for the average user. The only real advantage to the new iPad is the 4G connectivity which, as usual, does not require a new 2 year contract. That’s a very nice feature. The rest, however, leaves quite a bit to be desired. If Apple can’t deliver on a stellar new product every year, then maybe they shouldn’t release a new product every year. Or at least don’t price it like it’s a new product when it’s just the same old thing with a couple tweaks.