Why I’m Disappointed by the “New iPad” 3 (Plus a Graphic Predicting the iPad 4, 5)

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Am I the only one that’s disappointed by the new iPad (aka iPad 3)??? Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have one, but… it’s not different enough that I can justify upgrading from my iPad 2 (either for myself or for those in my office). The new features feel minimal, almost trivial. If I didn’t have an iPad already, sure, I’d be delighted with the new iPad… but it’s so weird that for the first time since Steve Jobs re-took over as Apple’s CEO I don’t feel compelled to buy the latest, greatest Apple product. It used to be that I almost felt incomplete without the newest Mac, iPod, iPhone, or more recently iPad but I just don’t get that feeling with this latest product launch.

If the next version of the iPad isn’t visually different in some way I’m going to be pretty upset. If the actual iPad product pipeline looks anything like the graphic I created below, Apple may be in trouble (click for a larger view).

Meet the new iPad, same as the old iPad (please feel free to use as long as you link back).

Sure, the rumor mill really put the new iPad up on an unrealistic pedestal, but still, I found myself wanting that one more thing… I miss Steve… While I definitely think Tim is great for Apple (and the right guy for the job) I can’t help second guessing whether or not I’m going to be as dazzled by Apple products of the future. I don’t want existing products to simply be maintained or upgraded. I want new, razzle-dazzle, drool-inducing awesomeness. If the Apple of today can’t produce that with a yearly product launch, perhaps they need to extend their release cycle. I’d much rather have quality improvements over small things here and there.

I think what bugs me most about the new iPad is that it looks and feels identical to the iPad 2. I expected, longed-for, really, a bezel-free front or a product half-as-thin as the last iteration. Perhaps Apple needs to expand the product line… I’d pay more for a crazy-cool iPad that had some serious advances — at least some advances that made the product feel different. It could be like the difference between the old iBooks and MacBooks.

I noticed that the post-Steve Apple.com iPad product page has a little more whiz-bang to it, which I actually like, but, I feel like they were almost trying to make up for the lack of differentiation on the iPad itself with extras on the product presentation.

Please Apple, give me a better reason to upgrade for the next iPad. You’re missing out on my money this time… I wanted to spend it, but alas, I won’t.

Anyone else have some thoughts? Share your comments!

There are 3 comments. Comment?

  • I agree with you. There isn’t much in the new iPad which would make the consumers droll over it. In fact after using it for about a few weeks, I find it too clumsy as its pretty heavy. There isn’t much “noticeable” difference in the resolution from the previous iPad either. I still stick to my iPhone and Macbook as they are better to use (somehow, I can’t pinpoint whats missing in iPad 3, there just isn’t much features I guess). I don’t think it replaces either my iPhone or Macbook. Charging the iPad 3 is pathetically slow.

  • i didn’t bought the iPad 2 because it was just an upgrade of the iPad 1.Ok it has more RAM, a (bad) camera, a faster processor and that’s all.
    But i bought the iPad 3. At first I thought I wouldn’t for three reasons : the SSD space didn’t evolve but the Retina Apps are larger, some website reported some heat where the processor is, and it takes too long to charge its batterie.
    But I eventually bought it one last week. And I LOVE it.

    What convinced me was an article about its screen :

    Not only the screen has that crazy resolution but the glass presents less reflections, and a much better gamut (or color space). Plus, it allows to set its luminosity at a lower point than the previous iPads.

    What does that change ?
    – If you often watch movies in your bed at night, you can watch them at lower luminosity which i really wanted.
    – Videos are much, much better ! It’s not because of the resolution but because of the extended color space. You probably have noticed big blocks of color on videos, especially on dark and red colors which is typical of bad MPG compression.
    Since it can display more levels of colors, these big blocks are now divided in much more blocks of subtle color change. It’s like comparing a JPG at 40% quality (iPad1,2) vs a JPG at 60% quality (iPad 3). That is soooo cool !

    But there are other dramatic changes.
    – The much more RAM amount makes a lot of difference with the iPad 1. The tabs are kept in memory and stop reloading all the time. I can switch apps in a snap. It never crashes anymore if I load complex webpages. It’s not the same user experience, really.
    – The sound is much better
    – The speech recognition is really, really good. I didn’t expect that because I downloaded Dragon Dictation and I thought it was the same technology but it’s so much better (especially for French, since that’s my mother tongue : it’s day and night). I use it a lot with Messages and Mail : it’s much faster than typing, plus you can do it with the iPad in one hand. That’s great !
    – I use the camera sometimes. The quality is really good so that’s cool.
    – in practice, i don’t notice the heat on the rear on the back of the iPad.

    Overall, i’d say that I loved my iPad 1, but that one is better on so many levels that I recommend the upgrade to all iPad 1 owners.

    If you’re watching a lot of movies at night or are disappointed by the MPG rendering, you should consider upgrading even from the iPad 2.

  • I’m a little new to the world of Apple, and I’m interested in buying an ipad. I’ve done more research than you’d ever believe, and I’ve gotta say, I’m leaning towards the ipad 2. I’ve lined up the specs, and fiddled with the actual products, and though I do notice better screen quality on the 3rd gen, I simply see no reason to pay a couple extra hundred for it. Seriously. The 2nd gen literally does every single thing that 3 does. What we are dealing with now are mindless apple fans who just have to have the newest and the best, and don’t even realize that the most amazing thing about the ipad 3 are he commercials used to promote it. I’ll be MORE than content with an ipad 2. All the ipad 3 does is make it cheaper for me! HA!

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