A new tablet or an ‘S’ on the end?
Apple has had an interesting naming scheme when naming their new iOS products. The original iPhone was simply that, but the next version referred to the iPhone’s new cellular network update, faster processor and a changed case design, the iPhone 3G. This was followed by a 3GS which made sense as this smart phone was really just an upgrade in speed to the existing iPhone 3G. The exact same pattern came in 2010/2011 with the iPhone 4/4S.
The iPad is in its 3rd generation. With the newest iPad, Apple chose to simply refer to the product as, well the iPad, not iPad 3. This does makes sense with the way they have named the iPod lines and makes one wonder if the iPhone 5 will follow the same pattern. Having owned the new iPad (3rd Gen) for about three months now, I wonder if the new iPad really deserved to be called the iPad 2S?
The Retina display is gorgeous and finally getting a decent camera inside is great, but the overall speed and performance of the new iPad seems exactly the same, if not slower (gasp), than the iPad 2. I truly cannot feel the difference between the two models when using them side by side. Although the newest tablet has the fastest processor of any iPad, that speed is almost entirely used to display the very finely detailed Retina screen. This iPad just does not feel like the huge change that occurred from the iPad 1 to the iPad 2.
Now gamers, photographers and graphic artists would likely disagree as the new Retina screen and faster processors allow for much better console-like gaming, photography viewing, editing and even finer graphics work. I guess that my excitement over the newest iPad has just diminished a bit as I’m realizing the overall function and use for my everyday tasks feels like an “S” upgrade. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take a gorgeous tablet screen any day and could not be happier with my overall experience with all iPads over the past 3 years!
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