Wednesday was a big day for Apple, as they proudly unveiled the much-anticipated iPad 2 to the legions of devoted fans and minions, allowing them to finally exhale. But amid all of the tech-talk and excitement, what things did Apple not say about its latest product?
Before I get to that, I will outline the iPad 2 as a product. It is no secret that everything Apple creates is innovative, thrilling and effective, especially aesthetically, and the iPad 2 is no different. The next generation iPad will feature:
• Apple-branded 1GHz A5 dual-core processor
• 9.7-inch screen with 1024-by-768 resolution
• Front and rear cameras
• 10 hours of battery life
• 1080p video out support via HDMI
• Accelerometer and three-axis gyroscope
• Separate GSM and CDMA 3G connectivity options
• Color options of black and white
• 4GB storage
While the dimensions are a bit diminutive, the overall package seems to make up for that shortcoming. In my mind I picture myself with my very own 8-foot ginormous iPad mounted to my wall…dwarfing my flat screen television…surfing the nets in reckless abandon. Yet that would cost much more than the $499 price tag of the iPad 2.
That said, Apple CEO Steve Jobs and other executives extended great effort to mention the term ‘Post-PC’ during the official iPad 2 announcement today. So what are they hinting at? Looking back to the D8 conference in June, Jobs announced:
“PC’s are going to be like trucks. They are still going to be around, but they are going to be used by one out of x people.”
Interesting and optimistic. Apple seems to be willing users to switch to their tablets as their mainstay, dubbing 2011 “The year of iPad 2”. A bit premature, in my opinion, because while the iPad is aesthetically awesome and a great tool for casual web surfing, videos and light email usage, it is not practical for creating word processing documents while simultaneously researching information on the web…which is what I am doing right now on a new MacBook Pro (which is amazing).
There is just one problem with Apple’s post-PC vision…if the iPad is a post-PC device, why does it rely on a PC for activation?
I think the iPad will be like predecessors before it, slamming onto the market and developing as it goes, eventually emerging as a leader. The iPad 2 will be available March 11th, 2011, and I am unsure if there are many pre-orders. I know I want one to play on between word documents! Please feel free to leave your thoughts below in our comments section!
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