Daniel Andrews | Technology
The new iPad features are centered around one thing - its new display, packing four times as many pixels in the same area as the iPad 2. What this means for users is a crystal-clear display capable of making you forget you are looking at a computer screen, and also makes reading text or looking at photos a true joy. But if you already have one, are the new iPad features worth buying a new one?
Websites and apps like the New York Times, Instapaper, Flipboard and others look truly stunning on the new iPad display. Add to that optional LTE, and you have a device that is cable of replacing laptops for a lot of folks. But if you already have an iPad, is it worth buying a new one?
I personally think that the iPad market is growing so quickly that Apple currently isn’t really concerned with giving iPad owners a reason to upgrade annually. Sure, there are always going to be people who do that for whatever reason, but ultimately the folks in Cupertino are filling in the gaps they perceive in an effort to convince non-iPad owners to take the $500+ dollar plunge on the new device category. Obviously, they’re having a lot of success in this area. so realistically, if you already own an iPad, there isn’t much of a reason to rush out and buy one.
The new iPad features:
- Double the RAM - apps seem faster overall
- Retina display - truly amazing graphics, especially for crystal clear text and photos
- Voice dictation
- Blazing fast LTE wireless
- Graphics that are 2x faster than an iPad 2 - great for gaming
- All this with the same great 10+ hour battery life from previous versions
These features are extremely compelling if you own the original iPad or are simply thinking about buying your first iPad. If you own an iPad 2 and read a lot you could make the case for the display alone, but you’re probably better off waiting until next year’s version with new features.