Why, Exactly, Did Apple Upgrade the iPad?

Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) new tablet is prettier and -- you guessed it -- thinner. But why would you upgrade your old iPad to the iPad 2?

We have to apologize to Apple. We diligently followed the introduction of the iPad 2, but here at ConceivablyTech we cannot quite follow the message that the iPad 2 is even more magical than the first generation of the product.

If I understand Steve Jobs correctly, the key reasons for buying the tablet are:

  • Two cameras.
  • A dual-core processor.
  • Color options.
  • 60,000 iPad apps, iOS 4.3, and GarageBand.
  • No one else can build a decent tablet.

We would love to agree with Apple and Apple analysts that this new product elevates your dull browser clicking to heavenly Web browsing, but we think the iPad 2 may be an iPad 1.5 that doesn't deserve the second-generation name. The iPad 2 simply delivers updates that are no-brainer features for any tablet -- but it delivers them on a level of quality we did not know Apple was willing to compromise on. We believe that Apple may shoot itself in the foot with the iPad 2 and that if Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ  ) , Motorola, Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM  ) , and Samsung are finally willing to learn, then there is every opportunity to outshine the iPad 2 this year.

If we remove the Apple smokescreen for a moment, we realize that the iPad has an awful camera system, consisting of a bargain-basement VGA camera in the font and a 720p camera in the back, which delivers only 960×720 resolution -- or about 0.7 megapixels. Look forward to those snapshots on your fancy high-res desktop display. Perhaps the camera is the reason Apple skipped the retina display for the iPad 2. There is also no USB or SD port and no 4G wireless option. And, of course, Flash isn't supported, which -- despite Apple's pitch that Flash is dying -- still makes up a large portion of interactive and animated Web content. HTML5 will not be finalized until the 2014 timeframe, so get used to those empty plug-in fields in your browser, while you remember that Steve Jobs tells you that it's good for you. It's a sense of freedom, in the end: freedom from an evaporating Web format, in the same way that Jobs mentioned that the lack of porn on the iPad is a form of freedom -- freedom from porn.

With an adjusted mindset, you can agree to almost anything.

So, as pretty as it is, why would you reasonably buy an iPad 2 -- because you prefer it over the original iPad, which is now cheaper and does everything the new iPad 2 can, minus the crappy camera? Can we call the iPad 2 just an iPad 1.5? If you own an Android phone, the reasons for buying an iPad 2 may be even less, as we are continuing to see platform synergies between Android phones and tablets as well as Chrome OS.

Motorola Mobility (NYSE: MMI  ) screwed up its Xoom launch with a price that was as silly as the iPad 2 upgrades. However, HP may have a good shot to pitch its tablets especially, if webOS will be available on PCs as well. There seems to be a serious approach to rival Apple, and RIM's PlayBook may also have a chance to reinvigorate the BlackBerry platform.

We saw a similar scenario nine years ago, when Apple updated its first-gen iPod and every other MP3-player maker was busy copying Apple and was incapable of seeing and setting trends. We eventually ended up with a brown Zune from Microsoft that was a clumsy brick with a crippled Wi-Fi feature. The industry had more than six years to look at the iPod, analyze it, and advance it to something much better. Yet it was Apple that drove the segment forward with the iPod touch in 2007. You can't tell me that just Apple has the talent to predict such industry trends.

We have seen Apple leading portable-computing trends since 2001. Its marketing and consumer loyalty keep the company virtually invincible most of the time. However, the company is vulnerable occasionally -- especially when it sits on a high horse, pitches minor advances as earthquakes, and pushes marketing that challenges the acceptable limit of truth. In the iPad 2 announcement presentation, Steve Jobs presented (perhaps accidentally) a false quote of a Samsung executive and has not apologized since. Interestingly, it is Samsung that manufactures Apple's A4 and A5 processors. You can't tell me that such actions will remain unanswered.

The iPad 2 is vulnerable. The key weaknesses of the original iPad have not been fixed. Apple's magical tablet may be more vulnerable this year than we believe.

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  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 12:20 PM, Emperor2 wrote:

    Great logical thinking. You are exactly correct. Apple's failure to support Flash will continue to result in people not buying their products. Flash is demanded by everyone. That's why no one buys any Apple product. If Apple doesn't support Flash they will never sell any products. Flash is the only reason people will buy a phone or tablet. People don't care about ease of use, or apps or anything else, just Flash. Great article. You really nailed Apple to the wall. They are just arrogant to think anyone would buy a product without Flash.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 12:35 PM, djsantamonicacal wrote:

    With the Flash comment you showed that you were an Apple hater looking for a reason to diss Apple products, rather than a journalist trying to make a fair and accurate assessment. As an ADBE and AAPL stockholder, I have watched Adobe fail time and time again to make Flash viable for any portable platforms. If you used an iPad or iPhone you would know that it MIGHT happen once a month that a given video required Flash and was thus unreadable on iPad or iPhone. Maybe. As an advocate trying to prove that Apple is wrong, you dropped the Flash bomb and it unveiled you as a fraud.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 12:53 PM, mgreen2528 wrote:

    I just bought an iPad 2 and this is a great piece of technology. If as Emperor 2 wrote no one buys Apple products, obviously this person does not follow the stock market, Apple is the second largest company in the WORLD, only behind Exxon Mobil. If people did not buy their products, if their products were inferior, why do people continue to buy their products. Flash is dead, it is an old technology that needs to go away, it is buggy and a battery hog. There will always be people like Emperor2 who will continue to use obsolete technology and never buy anything made by Apple, this is fine, this is why it is difficult to hack a Mac, Apple continues to offer solid products are live up to expectations.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 12:56 PM, applestockholder wrote:

    Just as mindless Germans supported Hitler, many other mindless individuals will follow Android because their leader Wolfgang Gruener says the others are evil, are from a dirty race, and are of no value to society. So one can follow Wolfgang and his dream of purging the world of the Apple culture, or they can stand up and say his hatred is unjust and must be stopped...

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 1:05 PM, Burkeh2 wrote:

    I clicked on this article thinking it might have some useful, compelling insight.

    I was very disappointed, by the author and by Motley Fools. There is absolutely nothing new, nothing unique, nothing insightful, nothing compelling that this author brings to the discussion.

    Please get some insight before you try and share it!

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 1:07 PM, applestockholder wrote:

    mgreen2528, Emporer2 was being facetious

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 1:35 PM, Henry3Dogg wrote:

    What mindless drivel.

    The iPad 2 is not aimed at the 15 million existing purchasers of the iPad. It's aimed at the 50 million who will buy a tablet this year. And it will get the vast majority of them.

    It's aimed to close advantages that other newcomers might claim, while giving advantages that they will struggle to compete with in far lower volume products.

    Frankly the lack of business insight in this article is pathetic.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 1:42 PM, bcgfool wrote:

    why did they upgrade the ipad? To sell a F$%ton of product, which is exactly what they did last night.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 1:53 PM, marv08 wrote:

    Gosh, Herr Gruener must indeed be a reincarnation of Herr Goebbels. If you have only nonsense to tell, at least tell it with conviction and a few idiots and haters will fall for it.

    The iPad 2 does have a severe performance benefit over the original model, and that can be seen and felt everywhere. Browsing speed, multi-tasking, behavior of demanding apps, less reloading of Web pages due to increased RAM, better game / 3D performance, etc ad inf. That alone would justify the price of the upgrade, but wait, they have not even increased the price. Despite being the market leader they are still cheaper than the competition, while using better and pricier components; e.g. the Motorola Exhume uses a poor and cheap TN panel, while Apple spends big time for a best-of-class IPS panel in the iPad. Almost all reviewers have noticed the difference at first glance. Even the Android fan Jason Kincaid called the Exhume a "fail".

    Adobe is not able to program a version of the Flash Player that runs decently and efficiently on a Mac laptop or desktop. Tests of the MacBook Air have shown, that just installing Flash and browsing the Web (it ships without the Flash Player) reduces battery life by almost a third. All reviews of mobile devices running Flash indicate reduced battery life and poor performance (and incompatibility with a huge amount of videos on the Web). Adobe can't even provide their own partners Google and Motorola with a Flash Player release on time for the Exhume launch... that's why it shipped without. Apple would be nuts to ruin the own platform by making it depended on the imbeciles at Adobe, who overpromise and nondeliver mobile Flash solutions since four years now, without a single adequate product being shipped.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 2:00 PM, btblomberg67 wrote:

    Apple has always been methodical and incremental with their upgrades, but it is no surprise that Apple took this approach to the iPad. Next year we will likely see this years iPhone 4 camera's in the iPad once they are old tech and cheaper. These are not subsidized so they try to keep the cost in their target point. The iPhones are more expensive than iPads, but the customer rarely looks at that.

    As for Android, it does not have the advantage it had vs. the iPhone. It is not carrier bound anywhere, so it will not have the barrier that it was not on multiple carriers in the US. That is the main reason Android got a foothold in the US market. Maybe the only reason because people were looking for an iPhone like device on their carrier of choice. Once the iPhone 5 is out on both AT&T and Verizon (or more) we will see how that goes.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 2:33 PM, demodave wrote:

    "Why, Exactly, Did Apple Upgrade the iPad?"

    Very simple: to be enough better than the competition that the iPad will win 70+% of actual sales to customers of actual "tablet computer" products. Not sell in to stock shelves, not vaporware, real sales to real customers.

    Sorry, Wolfi, you do yourself a disservice by introducing yourself to a potentially very large new audience in this way.

    Emperor2: I think your j/k wink is missing.

    applestockholder/marv8: Oi! Uncalled for. If you grew up in the real world (instead of the past), you might know that not all Germans are Nazis.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 2:44 PM, Henry3Dogg wrote:

    Strange that Motorola distribute the Xoom without Flash either. I wonder why that could be. Let's see. Is it because it's still in Alpha testing. Yes. That's it.

    But they're going to distribute a Beta next week to all the suckers that bought one, and are still trying to work out why the SD socket doesn't work, and where the promised SD Flash is, and why the * they bought it, and if they can take it back.

    But, fine they can do the beta testing of a major feature of a product that they've just paid $800 for.

    Meanwhile the reviewers have been suckered into testing the Xoom without Flash, and then Motorola and the Android Fanboys will still be able to quote battery life from those reviews once they start to ship with flash.

    Still, if AntiApple is your religion, I suppose all this seems justified.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 3:33 PM, bugnuts wrote:

    Wolfie is one of those guys who keeps comparing spec sheets and can't figure out why Apple is so darn popular.

    Hint: A lot of people actually like products that make their lives easier and don't require a lot of tinkering under the hood. We're just funny about things that work.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 3:35 PM, marv08 wrote:

    @demodave: Just to put this straight: I did neither say, nor hint at, all Germans being Nazis (would be quite stupid, as I am of German origin). But I did compare Mr. Gruener to a famous propagandist. And what he published here is a) loud, b) free of any facts and c) 100% biased. He deserves this comparison.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 3:56 PM, mchinsomboon wrote:

    Remember cars still drive on 4 wheels and don't yet fly. Meaning, new cars every year, or even every few years, do not need to be an Revolution, just an Evolution. If they waited to release a car that was a revolution, we'd all be waiting for quite some time. It may actually be a bigger sin to hold off releasing an improvement, if we all had to wait longer. Remember, everyone, even Apple, needs to abide by the laws of physics and manpower - and if the cost to something revolutionary (that may be unproven) is too cost prohibitive, then perhaps now is not the time to do it. I imagine a car that flys is plausible (e.g. mini airplane), but do you think it's really feasible to create one for public consumption as a price point that the public could endure? Show me one and I'll invest in that company.

    In terms of SD/USB? Have you heard of the Cloud and Wireless? Can you imagine if today's laptops included 3.5" floppy drives? Kids are like "what's a floppy drive?". Of course when the first machines came out without them, people were like, "what were they thinking?". Of course, when what happened, floppy drives were the predominant standard (they didn't just go out of style mind you) ... just like USB/SD cards are now. But a better solution exists, and it's wireless on the cloud ... get with it ... soon your kids will ask "what's USB? what's SD?". Besides, who stores important files on SD anyway? So easy to lose and break.

    Get with it, stop living in the past! Your company acumen is so 5 years ago!

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 3:58 PM, HiramWalker wrote:

    Motley Fool is becoming a home for low-grade FUD?

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 4:02 PM, hazelbrook wrote:

    "Why, Exactly, Did Apple Upgrade the iPad?"

    why don't you say that iPad1 and iPad2 are the same....a bottom line is Apple spent their money & resource to deliver what "most" people needed. And other products can claim they have a better product, sell them cheap, but they still can't compete...Yes, Android sold more phones, and have bigger market shall, but all against Apple. Even Apple has only %20 market shall, their profit margin is still larger than most companies. MOT, RIMM, LG, HTC, etc shall have to fight to survive....

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 4:05 PM, midnightmoney wrote:

    Anyone looking down from space (or over from Germany) would have to be glad they were where they were and not where we all are. Go do something.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 4:26 PM, pk22901 wrote:

    "The iPad 2 is vulnerable. The key weaknesses of the original iPad have not been fixed. Apple's magical tablet may be more vulnerable this year than we believe."

    Amazing! TMF allows this inadequate, simpleton analysis on its site! What about the misinformed investors?

    Wolfgang needs to take a breath and consider how many years Honeycomb will take to deliver: stability, security, battery life (w/ Flash!), quality, UX, and the list goes on.

    Obviously, Wolfgang loves stuff that show promise and almost work (see Xoom and Zune). He must be appreciated for helping people to get their Zooms and Xunes working!

    But it don't mean a dang thing unless "it just works" TM - Apple.

    Hurrah for the trouble free, divine UX, FULLY SUPPORTED Post PC iOS systems! Honeycomb, bring your best game on and we'll see whether 2011 is the year of Honeycomb or iOS.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 5:17 PM, ValueMeal wrote:

    Wow. Ummmmmm... wow.

    Okay, okay, I have it all figured out. This man is from an alternate universe!

    And the Coby Tablet is on it's second launch in yet another universe.

    Hmmmmm. I like this universe better.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 5:55 PM, JnBnO wrote:

    Apple excels at finding the right balance between features and delivering what customers want. Not the best cameras? That's OK, because they are sufficient for FaceTime, which is the main purpose of these cameras. I can't imagine too many people wanting to use their tablet as their main camera to take great pictures. The form factor is not convenient for that. No Flash? That's OK also, because Flash is not ready for mobile platforms, and supporting Flash would dramatically lower the 10-hr battery life. Long battery life is a feature that in my opinion trumps being able to see all the Flash videos on the web.

    Apple understands that it's not about specs, but rather about what customers want.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 6:56 PM, sippincider wrote:

    Yeesh is the Apple Spin Machine in passing gear this weekend or something?

    The article does have valid points. The iPad 2 IS just a 1.5 upgrade. The cameras ARE a joke (and very un-Apple like at "good enough"). And there IS a concerning, even creepy, amount of smoke-and-mirrors hype all around the iPad 2.

    A company is in danger when it silences the realists. We'll see if they silence this one.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 7:11 PM, Ghostbear1 wrote:

    What the heck Fools?

    Cameras: The public demanded it, perhaps you've heard of Facetime? And what exactly do you want, DSLR performance from a tablet? The cameras are a compromise, but they work.

    Retina display: the yield of lcd's of this resolution isn't that good yet, read more expensive.The current screen is very good.

    USB: For what? to hang dangly cords all over hell? And look, there's adapters out there if you're compelled to hang crap off the ipad.

    SD card: Once again, why? Store your pictures on the web and down load them if you want, it's not like the iPad has Photoshop on it, the interface to use a touch version of Photoshop would be insane. There's a dongle if you have to put all your photographs on the thing, but again, why?

    Flash: there you go again, when I use Flash on my Android phone, I can literally watch my battery drain, I keep it turrned off, and if you ever noticed, most websites will bring up a non flash version, and the good websites have HTML 5, it's a game Apple will win, and frankly has already won.

    As the lines have proven, and Apple's amazing performance has proven, the public loves the iPad 2, (and Apple products) and Mr Gruener is just flat wrong.

    You got your 15 minutes, time to shuffle along sir...

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 7:26 PM, gslusher wrote:

    Two points:

    1. Cameras: Just what are the iPad cameras to be USED FOR? It's NOT to take good photos. As one reviewer suggested, it's rather like trying to take a photo with a reflective lunch tray. I have some experience with photography: in the last 15 months, I 've taken about 25,000 photos. It would be very difficult to take a decent photo with something the size and shape of the iPad OR the Xoom. (The Xoom would be even worse.) The rear camera is for enhanced reality--some apps can overlay map data onto a video. The front camera is for Facetime, pure and simple.

    2. USB & SD: The iPad Camera Connection Kit has two small connectors that plug into the iPad's 30-pin socket. One is a SD card reader, the other an USB port. The USB port supports cameras, camcorders, the iPhone, card readers, flash drives, many keyboards, sound input devices, and more.

    It would really help if the author would do a little research before making a fool of himself.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 7:33 PM, Henry3Dogg wrote:

    At the moment it's Honeycomb that can't do SD

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 9:45 PM, demodave wrote:

    Marv, your heritage aside, you wrote:

    "Gosh, Herr Gruener must indeed be a reincarnation of Herr Goebbels."

    It's not a major stretch to interpret your words as unnecessarily offensive. I think painting Gruener as clueless is fair, but call him a propagandist is a stretch. To choose a Nazi propagandist and to put the word Herr in front of it goes well beyond suggestion. The error in communication is not in my interpretation of your allusion.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 10:02 PM, IraLA wrote:

    Fellow readers would do well to remember the words of Walter S. Mossberg, offered just this week, in his review of the iPad2:

    "It never crashed in my tests, unlike every Android tablet I’ve tested."

    Whatever else is said, those words likely resonate in the inner soul of anybody contemplating a tablet purchase.

    http://wereport.com

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 10:26 PM, techy46 wrote:

    Apple's the 110th largest company in the world ranked by revenue. Apple's the 3rd largest company in the world ranked by market cap. Microsoft is the most profitable tech company. Interesting but useless information. Let's see what the Levono lePad (Skylight) looks likes. I like their idea of letting your pad be the detachable screen on your notebook. I think they should change the name to leTab so it doesn't sound so girly.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 10:31 PM, techy46 wrote:

    Way to go Wolfgang, you just called the Holy Grail a spitton, that's not going to make them happy.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 10:33 PM, Oldfool103 wrote:

    I'm still considering being a homosexual. I guess I will have to leave my wie at home, now, and go dragging my 65 yo ass around the local gay bars. Ha! Whose your Daddy?

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2011, at 11:26 PM, techy46 wrote:

    @racchole - You definitely need lePAD

  • Report this Comment On March 13, 2011, at 8:21 AM, BigMoonDog wrote:

    The author is a fool. The folks at Apple are making a "ding" in the universe and Wolfgang cannot seem to be doing anything better with his time and life than to write such nonsense.

    My takeaway: Why, exactly, did this article suck sooooo bad?

  • Report this Comment On March 13, 2011, at 1:24 PM, CapitalisticPig wrote:

    This article doesn't even begin to give HALF the reality of the iPad 2. For example, with the iPad1&2 you have to have an additional contract with a service provider (ATT/Verizon etc) just to use it while mobile, you can't plug your camera card into it, you can't edit Microsoft documents (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint etc.), you can't print to a network printer from it AND the iPad STILL can't multitask. The iPad2 is for fools that have just a little more money than they have brains (buyers of the iPad2 proving that a "fool and their money soon part" is alive and well). Apple had no choice but to put the iPad2 out before the Playbook launch because as we have all seen through Steve Jobs "fear-filled-rantings" about how everything coming to market will be DOA, it is obvious that Jobs realizes that the soon to be side-by-side comparison will make the Apple iPad 1 & 2 look like nothing more than an overpriced Kindle. In reference to the "iPad2" name, I don't agree with the iPad 1.5 comment. I believe the iPad2 is just about as worthless as the iPad1 - so I think it should be called the iPad 3/4 as they are moving backwards rather than forward. Also note Thursday's survey from a more intelligent crowd (i.e. people that don't sleep on a filthy street waiting for a device they can buy a few hours later) revealed that 56% are waiting for the Playbook (vs. 34% for the iPad2). The writing is on the wall, history is starting to repeat itself (can you say Apple Computer 1990) and the shield that has protected Apple's "Distortion Field" is collapsing.

  • Report this Comment On March 13, 2011, at 6:35 PM, demodave wrote:

    InfoThatHelp, please stop mixing vodka into your Apple Kool-Aid. You do the rational Apple fans a disservice.

    If you must insist on posting in English, please learn correct grammar. If you are not in fact a speaker of English as a second language, I fear horribly for our education systems.

    Also, just plain knock off the senseless hyperbole. Apple will not save the world from earthquakes, ec., and in the unlkely event that I may be proven wrong in that assertion, I guess I'll feel OK, because the world has been saved from earthquakes.

  • Report this Comment On March 13, 2011, at 11:10 PM, foolpost11 wrote:

    Ipad2 uses Samsung's ARM Cortex A5 and XOOM uses Nvidia's Tegra 2, which is ARM Cortex 9A plus GeForce GPU technology.

    Well.. Samsung next Galaxys will use Nvidia Tegra 2....so figure it out!!!!

  • Report this Comment On March 14, 2011, at 11:40 AM, Oldfool103 wrote:

    As a Canadian, I have an emotional attachment to RIM continuing to do well, so try to not blow an aneurysm; but, to answer the original question, it was to sell another million products in an opening weekend and to create enough buzz to stop the Xoom and the Playbook right at the starting blocks.

  • Report this Comment On March 14, 2011, at 4:29 PM, candrsn wrote:

    Wow, Wolfgang....wow. Have you read any technical blogs from the last few days since the iPad 2 was released? Game developers are dropping the Android Honeycomb 3.0 platform in droves to concentrate more attention to the iPad 2. The iPad 2 is like a Trojan horse to bring in its biggest improvement 9x faster graphics processing and the A5. The iPad 2 is beating the Motorola Xoom in most all performance tests, outside of the silly resolution of the cameras.

    Admittedly, RIM has a realistic chance to take a small chunk of Apple's iPad market and convert it into - the tablet market, for RIM. (RIM is not dependent on Google's highly overrated Android OS, only its lame software selection). Motorola and Samsung can reinvent the 'Tab and 'Xoom, but I do not think it will get any easier for them.

    People should be thanking Apple for making all of the other manufacturers wake up and smell the post-PC era coffee. It's time to innovate, not imitate.....

  • Report this Comment On March 15, 2011, at 4:23 PM, digitalborealis wrote:

    Either Get it or Dont... Dont keep writing stupid articles like this

  • Report this Comment On March 16, 2011, at 3:56 PM, zooompilot wrote:

    I hate Apple...there I said it. I had an iPhone 3G and got rid of it for a Sprint EVO - Android BABY! I enjoyed the freedom of Android...and the Flash...and the 8 Mega Pixels...and the drained battery...and the inability to make phone calls because the battery couldn't last more than an hour...and the garbage that passed for software in the Android Market Place and soon I sold my EVO on Ebay and now I have an iPhone 4.

    I hate Apple...there I said it. I refuse to buy an iPad! No camera? Nothing but a big fat iPod. Who the heck would buy an iPad? No USB, no SD, and even the name reminds me that my wife is cranky once a month (well actually...crankier than usual). So. I just bought an iPad 2.

    Look, I'm as technical as they come...I'm a senior Systems Engineer for Cisco, I've got technical certifications coming out of every orifice in my body. I work with highly complex technology all day long....when I'm not WORKING, I just want my iPhone and iPad to work and leave the figuring out to someone else who get's paid to do so.

    Bottom line...for all its faults, Apple has figured it out. 99% of people don't care about 400mega pixel-quad core-undulating hyperbusses. Most people just want to have fun without having to put in a lot of effort to have fun. We work all day...why the hell would we want to work at home too?

    Apple? Yeah...they've figured it out.

  • Report this Comment On March 18, 2011, at 3:23 PM, Canuck2010 wrote:

    I own Apple stock and a number of Apple products, including an iPhone, MacBook Pro and an iMac. However, I don't see any reason to buy an iPad right now. The lack of Flash support is a big reason. A couple of the web sites I spend a lot of time on require flash. So I'd be going back to my laptop anyways. If I just need a nice e-reader, the iPad is overkill. So until either the iPad supports Flash or the web sites I use make their site iPad compatible, count me out.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2011, at 8:30 PM, doorsx111x wrote:

    I switched over to Mac two years ago, bought the Iphone 3G and the aluminum unibody Macbook. Bought the Iphone 4, I'll probably buy the Iphone 5. Recently I purchased the 11" MBA.

    I like Apple innovation. I like Apple products. There's a good chance no one would be talking about ipods and iphones and tablets if not for Apple.

    For the first time yesterday though, I started using the Chrome browser. It seems faster than Safari. I started looking at Android phones too.

    I'm just getting a little tired of never getting EVERYTHING with Apple products. They always hold back so you buy it on their next product cycle. The problem is the people like in these comments....all the ones who come out and defend Apple if you question anything about them. They are the reason Apple gets away with crap for a camera in the IPAD 2 and all the countless similar examples that can be given.

    I'm not buying the IPAD 2, sorry Apple.

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