It’s the morning after Apple‘s iPad media event.
I consciously tried to skip it, intending to look at the outcome at my usual 7AM wake-up, but I woke up around 1:30 in the morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. Just in time to catch the pre-event ceremonies on the blogs and websites in prep for the 2AM event. Heck, might as well.
So I crawled out of bed and went to my iMac and settled in to catch liveblogs of the event.
I initially had six or seven separate liveblogs running simultaneously: TUAW, Macworld, Macstories, Engadget, Gizmodo, The Verge, and GDGT, but I eventually whittled it down to two. Engadget and GDGT seemed the best options, without the attendant blacking out of the signal every now and then. Besides, their updates were fast and without extraneous comments.
I also had Twit Live ongoing in another tab, with Leo Laporte, Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane and some other folks anchoring the festivities. It was nice having their live audio commentary going on in the background (I didn’t have to watch them) while I followed the Engadget and GDGT feeds.
It wasn’t overwhelming, at least not for me. The biggest new features for me were the Retina display resolution and the quad-core processor, and maybe iPhoto for the iPad and iOS 5.1. Other than those, I sorta tuned out. I wouldn’t really go out of my way to upgrade my iPad 2 (I know, I’ve said that before), but really, no big deal. So it’s better than 1080p, and it runs faster than anything else out there – but I don’t really have anything yet that requires that fast a processor, and until I see the Retina display, I don’t know it from Adam, so I don’t really care at this point. (But we’ll see.)
There were other improvements shown in the hour-and-a-half event: iMovie, Pages, Numbers and Keynote were updated for the Retina display plus they put in some additional features. There was an additional dictation feature in iOS, enabled by a key in the virtual keyboard, and 4G LTE – although limited to the few cities in the US with carriers enabled for it. Plus some other stuff, but it was all background noise as far as I was concerned.
The new iPad, which didn’t get a new monicker like iPad HD or 4G LTE iPad – just the “new iPad”, is a bit heavier and thicker than the 2nd edition, but this was mostly because of battery concerns. The device had to match the previous iteration’s longevity as far as power was concerned, and the requirements of the LTE feature and the new processor called for a bigger battery, which was why the iPad was as big and heavy as it was. Battery aside, the hardware would be thin and light as a whisper, but we have to face reality here, and reality was a big-ass, heavy battery.
So. Retina display, quad-core processor, 4G LTE. Plus software.
Nah, I don’t think I’ll upgrade this round. I think I’ll wait for the next edition of the iPad, when it gets haptic control and 3D functionality. Meantime, there is a fresh round of software updates to get to in the morning.
So I crawled back to bed to get some sleep, and to dream about the 4th gen iPad.
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