If you know me well enough, you know that I love Apple products. I love gadgets, and I love the fact Apple keep introducing innovative products to the market, making its competitors trying to catch up (e.g, smart-phones, tablets, iPods, Apps, etc). I also like Apple’s quest to create a product that its audience desires, as oppose to need. Unfortunately, this last part of the sentence is where I think the iPad 2 failed.
The iPad 2 had many high expectations. Wireless sync, more memory, and improved screen resolutions are just some of what the blogsphere community talked about in the past 6 months. To much of my disappointment, Steve Jobs didn’t mention any of these topics in yesterday’s iPad 2 event. Yes, the new iPad 2 is thinner than its predecessor, and weighs a bit less, but frankly this just doesn’t cut it in today’s market. It looked as if Apple was focusing more on design than creating a new edge.
I agree that the addition of two new cameras is nice to have, but it not innovative. In this battle, I’m afraid to say, Apple have lost its title as a leader. If you watched Steve Jobs iPad 2 presentation, you probably noticed that he seemed to focus more on Apple’s contribution over the years, and less on what the iPad 2 is bringing to the market. Maybe because it didn’t innovate a thing that has to do with technology? Or, maybe because the iPad 2 is more about design than it is about technology (something we expect from Apple to do)? The fact remained the same: iPad 2 didn’t innovate a thing.
So back to my question: Am I going to purchase the iPad 2? The answer is maybe. I do lean toward buying it, but still have my doubts. I will, however, admit that I find a lot of benefits to buying this magnificent device, but I am quite disappointed at what it has to offer in comparison to the iPad 1.