It's not the iPad 3 or the iPad HD as many had speculated. It's "the New iPad." Interesting. So what will they introduce next year? The New New iPad? What does everyone think of this new toy?
IMO they should have just called it the "iPad 2s." If you are upgrading from the original iPad it's a fairly major upgrade, but from the iPad 2 its just incremental improvements. LTE is a cool feature, but unless you go with Verizon, you're not going to find a lot of LTE coverage out there. Plus the LTE data plans are now more expensive. So chances are, at least for now, you will be using 3G and just paying more for it. The new screen resoultion is truely amazing-better than most desktop computers-yet it is still in such a small form factor it's really kind of overkill. The better camera is cool, but how many people are going to shoot HD movies with their iPad? Some will. I saw a woman filming her kid's hockey game with her iPad the other day and she looked kind of silly. The problem remains that with that tiny of a lens and no ability to control focal length, cameras on these devices will never be a serious tool. The new processor is a big improvement for gamers, but for those who use the iPad for checking email, reading books and editing documents it's not going to add much. Interesting they didn't add Siri. I don't care. I stopped trying to use it on my 4s because it didn't work that great.
In what I have read so far, it seems the public's reaction is mixed. Some gotta have it because it's the latest and greatest. Some people are disappointed that there wasn't something really new and exciting. Apple's stock didn't move one way or the other. My biggest disappointment was the fact they kept the same memory configurations at the same price points. We are all accumulating more content on our devices (especially if you shoot HD video), yet they still won't give us an SD card slot. We have to pay Apple for memory capacity and they are not offering more of it. Flash memory is getting cheaper, so why in a third generation device are we still stuck with the same memory configurations they offered in the original?
Anyone else have thoughts?