With the iPad 2 only hours away from international launch in much of the world, the anti-iPad crowd has revved up with talk of the iPad 3, but is a 2011 release date really realistic?
With the new iPad Air, the question isn't whether or not the new tablet will fly or die. The question, rather, is whether or not you should upgrade from an older-gen iPad to the iPad air or to the iPad mini?
In truth, it all comes down to use cases.
There's no doubt that the new iPad air is the most powerful, speedy, and beautiful iPad to date.
iPad Air 2
- Same Retina resolution, but possibly with anti-glare coating
- Faster SoC - A8, with improved CPU and GPU components, but still dual-core
- Updated motion co-processor
- 2 GB RAM
- Touch ID
- Improved front and rear cameras
- Possibly 32 GB base
iPad mini Retina 2
- Same as above, but 16 GB base
- Slightly lower clocked SoC
Just as when the first iPad was introduced and no-one seemingly knew what to do with one, causing many to pre-brand it a failure even before most had seen it, there are plenty of articles online claiming the iPad 2 is little different to the iPad 1 and is thus unworthy.
You might remember that when Apple finally confirmed to the world that its tablet-based iPhone on steroids would be called the iPad, that it was noted that the iPad trademark didn't belong to Apple but to Fujitsu. Well, just in time for the launch Apple now owns the iPad trademark:
So I just got an iPad case in the mail. It’s for the iPad 5. That model is not out yet. But you can have this case anyway.
Of course I have no way of knowing if this will, for an absolute fact, fit the next iPad, but the chances are good. At best, you’ll win a case for the next iPad.