Will the new iPad be a bust?
After months of feverish speculation, Apple is expected to unveil its latest gadget Wednesday, and critics worry it won't live up to the hype.
Apple hasn't specified what it will announce, but the new iPad is widely expected to be the focus of the day.
Yes, the tablet will probably boast the high-definition "retina" display Apple has long been promising. Yes, it's likely to have an improved camera and a souped-up processor. But with affordable Android-based tablets flying off the shelves, and promising Windows 8 gadgets coming soon, Apple's new iPad might actually be met with disappointment from the techies constantly clamoring for something newer, better, and shinier.
Will the iPad 3 underwhelm?
Don't expect to be wowed: A better screen and a few other improvements might be "enough to draw the Apple faithful and sell a ton of iPads," says Roger Cheng at CNET. But the much-hyped gadget could still "fall short versus some of the other devices in the market." Consider the $200 Kindle Fire and its impressive Silk browser, or the super-fast Asus (AKCPF) Transformer Prime and its quad-core processor. The "gap between Apple and its rivals isn't as wide as most people think," and the relatively ho-hum iPad 3 isn't likely to turn that gap into a chasm.
Plus, Microsoft is catching up: "There's a convergence afoot between the mobile and desktop worlds," says Devindra Hardawar at VentureBeat. "Thanks to the rise of smartphones and tablets, we want to touch and swipe all the screens we come across." Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 8 is "ready for a world where laptops and desktops sport touchscreen displays," and where tablets "can do everything a Windows desktop can." Apple's products aren't nearly as seamless, and adding a "nicer screen" to the new iPad does nothing to address this fundamental problem. (Microsoft owns and publishes Top Stocks, an MSN Money site.)
Huh? Apple will still trounce its competitors: "Who wants an iPad 3?" says Connie Guglielmo at Forbes. "A lot of people, it seems." A recent survey indicated that 42% of iPad users want to upgrade to the new model. And Apple has sold more than 55 million iPads since the device was introduced in 2010. Some analysts predict the company could sell that many tablets this year alone. Do the math -- Apple will be just fine.
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new features or less than the best features, someone will still buy the iPad3. Just like when the hype wasn't high for the upgraded iPhone4s, people still bought it and it sold like gold water. Truth is, people like technology and will buy the latest gadget. You may not buy it but the person beside you will. Love apple, hate apple...people still buy the products.
I don't have an iPad, will i get an iPad3? Maybe not. I do have the 1st generation iPhone and iPhone 4 and a few older iPods. But I decided to be satisfied with what lasts till it dies. I didn't jump on the next iPhone and waited from original iPhone to the 4. So till i NEED one, i wont buy it.
BUT i was SMART enough to figure how people in society loves technology that it helped me make $$. Bought Apple shares during the original iPhone days (under $100.00/share) and now AAPL has jumped to well over $500.00. Note to the tech geeks, invest your APPLE PRODUCT FUNDS into APPLE shares rather than buying all the iPhones, iPads, and gadets. Sit back and let the average Joe make your money grow when they camp out or wait patiently for their new iPad 3 or iPhone5! trust me...it's WORTH IT! I secretly laugh inside when John Doe brags his whole line of Apple products and how awesome he is. I want to tell him he is awesome because he's supported AAPL and made each shareholder richer each day. LOL!!
Not for nothing but the guy who wrote the article is NOT bashing Apple or the iPad3. What did he say? All he said is that it may not wow, and he's right after the rumor mill has been churning over this thing for God knows how long, when it does come out I mean it's going to be anti-climatic. How could it not be? Use your common sense, it's been talked about, speculated on, the rumor mill has been in high gear for quite sometime, when the damn thing does arrive it's going to be like a bag popping, it'll make a large sound but then when a bag pops the air goes out of it and it deflates.
This article makes sense in the regards that after all this time what do you feasibly expect the iPad3 to be/do? We all know about the so called rumored quad processors, then they said, no it won't be quad it will just be dual. We know about the improved so called "HD" screen, we know about the 4G (supposedly) & YES possibly Siri, so what else is there to suprise or wow you? Everything has already been pretty much covered, what is going to jump out of you when this thing is unveiled today, what DON'T you know about already even before this thing is announced?
THAT'S what this article is most about, the author is not bashing anybody, he's just stating a simple common sense attitude about the whole thing and like I said knowing what you know now I'm standing by my statement that the unmasking of the iPad 3 is going to be anti climatic to most of you. Sorry.
Once again, the only people defending Apple products are those who own them. I have either taken back or switched my Apple products to Android or Windows. Reason-Apple is too proprietary, and I really dislike being told what I can do with my electronics.
Originally, Apple was a good idea-out of the mainstream and ready to take on the conglomerates. Now, Apple IS the conglomerate, telling the world how they should adapt to the Apple brand, no longer offering real innovation, and refusing to offer what is wanted by purchasers.
Apple will survive, but the product share will take a serious hit over the next few years.
And before all of you Apple defenders start about the iPad having a larger market share, consider that all the sold Android tablets combined exceeds the sales of iPads. There is only one Apple, but numerous Android manufacturers, and they are exceeding expectations.
LOL! I I've seen stupid things before but this but this takes the cake. So, your so called "assistant" that you hyped up beyond words on the iPhone 4S and you DON'T include it on your just as hyped up new iPad? . The thing is I might have been interested in this ever so slightly if it did come with Siri just to see what the fuss was all about. Since I wasn't interested in springing for basically the same iPhone I already had (4) to jump to the (4S) because it had what? a better camera and Siri?
The reason that the iPhone 5 will delayed is that moron iPhone 4 owners went ahead and bought the iPhone 4S in droves. Why should they hurry up and release the iPhone 5 when fools such as these will buy an incremental upgrade and still are doing so?
But on to my point, like I said I had no interest in the 4S just for Siri or because it was a tad bit more powerful or the better camera but had this new iPad come with it, I might have debated whether or not this was a thing worth my time but the kicker is Apple left it out entirely which makes me laugh my you know what off. Typcial Apple crap, They ALWAYS will take something that you're expecting to have and leave it out, this way they can add it to next years product and you'll be ready and willing to splurge on that too.
Not adding Siri to the new iPad with all the nonsense you spent spouting about it in addition to those dumb commercials which annoy me no end is the height of sheer hypocrisy! it really is. Apple just called you all b!tch'es to YOUR FACE! That's what this amounts to basically. They punked you all BIG TIME by releasing a shiny new toy but it doesn't have their "revolutionary" new feature that they spend gobs of money adverstising in Siri which is the same as them shooting themselves in the foot. Man have they punked you all big time. iPad 3 hot? iPad 3 NOT!
Your questions 2 & 4 were actually addressed in the article, although not in detail, just in general, since how can he get into detail when all there are are rumors? As for your "it is widely agreed/accepted" comments, isn't that just another way to say the majority of rumors that you hear say that...? I don't have a tablet of any sort, my question is, if you have bought a bunch of apps for your iPad2 can you move them to your iPad3 or do you have to buy them again? If you have to buy them again, people upgrading from an iPad2 to an iPad3 that have a lot of apps on their iPad2 either have money burning a hole in their pockets, or they have to have the latest toy to show other people just how important they are...
Yawn, it just did! How do we know if it really has 3 million pixels or only 2.98 million?
What a waste of money. Old technology revamped and resold. Another technological gimmick headed for the trash heap. My teenagers desk, looks like a "farm in the fall" , nothing but old apples laying around. They need to market Apple products to the right group, and the distribution is easy, The HappyMeal.
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