This of course assumes your an iPad-phile to start with as today is the day, as its March 11th and the iPad 2 is set for sale at 5pm. It appears at least; at the time of this writing that there will be no preorders taken as the overlords at Apple Central in Cupertino didn’t like the negative press from the Verizon phone release as they allowed preorders and thus avoided the crazy lines at the stores. This in turn led to negative media coverage as there was nothing for the media to photograph so they could make their dollar or two.
So since Apple didn’t get the media coverage they have come to crave so much, it’s back to the lines. Also Apple before getting so overzealous in your media hype please remember the name of Jdimytai Damour, the 34 year old security guard who senselessly lost his life on November 28th 2008 during a holiday stampede at a Walmart store. As your yearning for media attention is strong, it’s not worth the life of another human.
However the real question is should you buy a new iPad, as the question is not framed in the typical consumerism manor on being the best and brightest shiny “new” thing. It’s steeped in the fact Apple simply “added” more “things” as even with the A5 CPU it is only another “core” meaning it can do “more” but not necessarily anything new or faster. Yes you now have two cameras and it’s a wee tiny bit thinner and that’s it other than software which you will get even if your an iPad 1 owner. So what’s the big deal in all of this you ask?
In the product line not much other then what we can read into the tea leafs such as no memory upgrade which was a surprise as one would of expected a jump to 128 gig to match its sister product the Airbook. However it’s clear they (Apple) view this as a “connected” device which again is supported by the lack of an SD card slot or USB connection. You also see this further supported with the Airshare functionality as with the cloud revolution the “card” slot will become a thing of the past. Along with this, it’s clear like with the Apple TV that local memory space is only a “buffer” for the short term storage of media.
So is the iPad 1 obsolete, not at all while it’s over all cycle because of the single [core] processor may in the long run make it shorter lived then the “2” version as “each successive version of a product will have a lifecycle greater then it’s predecessor” (Campbell’s Law of Product Evolution). As the newly discounted iPad 1’s are an amazing deal and a viable product in themselves as they can still perform many unified functions including the holy grail which is seldom spoke of any more. Yes, “Internet” for the masses as the “netbook” took the first run at it and the tablet simply crashed it with the $150 Android based version.
For me, my current iPad 1 will go to my wife, primarily as an eReader because she wanted a kindle and I talked her into waiting for the iPad 2 for my old iPad. Hey she use to it by now (however lest you think me unfair she has the nicer car). So this means, yes a new iPad will be in my future and my lovely wife has volunteered to head down to the line for me at the Partridge Creek Apple Store, ok it took some whining and begging as I’m not beyond that as I will be flying back from Houston when Apple puts their latest jewel on sale and while I would wait. It’s off to Europe then Asia and boy wouldn’t it be nice to have a new iPad 🙂