So, today Tim Cook took the stage to announce the arrival of the “new iPad.” Not surprisingly, it features the ultra-HD Retina display, a more powerful processor, 4G LTE connectivity, and a bunch of other goodies.
Let me be honest. I own an iPad 2, and it is awesome. Just ask my wife. I carry it everywhere with me and use it for everything. I don’t think I’ve actually used my television for anything in months.
But the iPad 2 does everything I need it to. I don’t need 4G speeds and I don’t play big video games like Infinity Gauntlet. While the new 5 megapixel, 1080p camera on the back is great, I rarely use my iPad to capture pictures because – well, it’s a bit big for a camera.
Will people rush out and buy the new iPad? Of course. Apple will move millions upon millions of units, and the iPad 2 will continue to sell like crazy as well – especially to educational institutions who will use it for the iBook textbook feature.
But for all intents and purposes, this is just a product refresh – like when they refresh the Macbook Pro line or the Apple TV line. I think that is obvious from the way Tim Cook dropped the numeral on the end and just called it the “new iPad.” If you’re going to buy an iPad, buy this one; but if you already own an iPad 2, there’s no rush.