The new iPad….
- Dual Cameras
- No Retina Display
- More internal memory
- Subtle changes in styling to make the original iPad look outdated
There, that should do it!
I’m really looking forward to the event later today, but prepared to be underwhelmed with the new iPad 2 specs. Most of the features above should make it into the new version, but I’m expecting more of an evolution than a revolution, sort of like the transition from the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 3GS.
What else can we look forward to?
I’m pretty sure Apple will announce the release of iOS 4.3 with the new iPad and it’s availability for existing iPads a day or so before the new device is released. I hope some of the new gesture based controls make it into the final release.
Another given is a preview of the roadmap for iOS 5.0. Today’s keynote is pretty important for Apple as it will position them to respond to the onslaught of competing (?) tablet devices, due to be launched in the next 12 months. If they can come up with some whizz bang features for iOS 5, and some innovation in the new hardware platform, it should give the competitors a lot to think about, and more importantly, make it more even more difficult to catch up. As it stands, the existing iPad has given Apple at least 12 months head start over the opposition, even longer if you factor in the development time for the 1st gen ipad. The new device and iOS should extend that lead.
No matter what the iPad 2 looks like, Apple will most certainly have another runaway success with sales of the new device. There is certainly pent up demand from those who decided to wait (misguidedly, IMHO) for the next generation iPad. Honestly people, you’ve missed so much by hanging on for a camera!
Then there are the current iPad users looking to upgrade.
One of the criticisms of the original device was its lack of support for multiple users or family sharing.
It was never going to happen!
Apple wants the iPad to be a personal device, not a shared device. Strictly one iPad per person!
So for all the people sharing their iPads, whilst it would have been a stretch to buy a second 1st gen iPad, just to remove the pain of sharing, a new model gives them a great excuse to buy that much lusted after, second iPad. The only issue then is, who gets the new one.
I’d like to think that MobileMe and Apple TV might well figure in the keynote, but Apple have tended to have a laser focus on the main topic of the day and as such, they may wish to keep the message undiluted and just concentrate on the iPad.
It’s possible that MobileMe is actually a significant part of iOS 5 so we may see something.
The only reason I mention Apple TV is that the BBC are holding an event scheduled for the same time in London. It may well be that this will just be a simulcast for the keynote, but why hold a special event if the stream is going to be broadcast live anyway? Rumours of Steven Fry hosting also give the impression of a joint announcement?
I’d love for it to be the opening of the AppleTV platform to more content delivered by “Apps”. A BBC iPlayer app for the Apple TV would be fantastic and a huge boost to the Apple TV platform. What if they’d got the licensing sorted out for BBC Worldwide and could distribute the BBC iPlayer app to all Apple TVs. It would be a major boost to the currently “under utilised” platform.
OK, sorry, rampant speculation mode off.
Hopefully Apple will live stream the event, but as they seem to leave announcing the live stream until a few hours before, it’s unconfirmed at the moment.
So now in the UK (9:36am at time of writing), there’s a full working day ahead of us before we find out just what will be announced. It’s alright for those in the US that can just roll out of bed and watch, some of us have to work a full day.
PS I’ll be on MacBreak Weekly live immediately following the event, so catch me there if you can.