This really did not come as that big of a surprise to me. If you have been reading the rumor of the day a new iPad release was talked about with the new lightning
cable. The surprise was the new chip giving it double the speed. I was watching the live feed and decided right then I was getting the iPad 4. I have the original iPad and it has served me well. My plan was to get the 4 in the Spring, and I don't believe there will be another upgrade in March. I think they will now upgrade for the holiday season with their computer products. This old one will go to my partner to enjoy as he never has used on a regular basis. On Friday I'll be on line placing my order and eagerly awaiting the delivery on November 2. I'm very excited about this new iPad.