Does Apple Need the iPad 2?
Cnet’s Crave Blog is featuring a very interesting post that puts forward the point of view that Apple doesn’t need an iPad 2. The writer, Donald Bell, argues that the iPad is already so far ahead of the competition there’s no need for Apple to release the iPad 2 this year. The article lists all the areas in which the writer believes the iPad is still streets ahead of the likes of the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy.
For starters, writes Bell, the iPad has apps, the sheer number and quality of which the other tablets will find it hard to match. Next up, the iPad has the iPod music player, which Bell refers to as “the world’s most popular music player and music download store”, and he’s correct, of course. As he notes, you can even buy iTunes gift cards at your local supermarket, which has to be the height of ubiquity! Bell also singles out the iPad’s movie and TV downloads, desktop sync software, accessory support, games, battery life and device ecosystem as yet more reasons why Apple's tablet is still ruling the tablet roost, and set to do so for many months to come. Bell's concluding argument ventures that Apple doesn’t need to release iPad 2 to stay on top, and that the current iPad could probably maintain its position for at least another year before any other device could even hope of catching up. It’s a sound argument all right, but of course Apple has never been a company to rest on its laurels or stand still. Apple has been successful by constantly developing and innovating and staying one step ahead of the pack, which is why it will be bringing out the iPad 2 shortly, even though it doesn’t really have to.
Source: Why Apple doesn't need an iPad 2 | Crave - CNET
Thanks to HookBill for the heads-up on this story.
Apple 2 would just be gouging us.
Apple iPod 2, coming out in the spring, will have too few extra features to make any of us own one, but it will extract more life from the current design and get a few prospective owners off the fence.
iPad 2 is in production now. The company is marking time while they design the all-new iPad 3 for release in the fall. We're going to want that one: bigger screen (don't know if form factor is bigger), retinal display, more RAM, faster processor, dual cams.
I'm a bit pissed because my plan was to sell my iPad 1 on Craigs and get a 3 right away. But now the bargain hunters will be looking for 2s and grinding us 1 owners on what they'll pay.
Still, it's the best light duty computer ever built by a huge margin and it seems to be free from major bugs or hardware reliability problems (rare for Apple). So I'm not going to let mine go cheap.
I find this stuff out the same way you do -- by cruising the reliable blogs. Plus I live in the Valley which helps a bit. One note: The 3 may lack one or two of the features I mentioned. (CYA)