AndyML: A lot of you Apple haters need to step away from your ignorant perspectives and look at the facts.
Yes, other tablets have the same features, even more (SD, USB, etc). One thing that you cannot argue though: Apple is by far the most successful tablet maker. I know you're cringing, but this is strictly numbers.
Listen to their commercials. They are telling you why it doesn't have a USB port or SD slot. They are making a device for content consumption, not creation. This isn't brainwashing, it's simply them making a product for one purpose. That purpose isn't yours? Stick with your laptop or "niche" device.
They're adding features that improve upon their intent of the product. Everyone is using the screen, they improve that. Everyone is holding it, they make it light and thin.
Until you can argue that the majority of the consumer base would use the following features on a regular basis, then we'll talk: USB, SD slot, removable battery, apps not available in app store, etc.
It's fun to see Apple haters contradict each other. Yes, it's a gain in revenue. Not because they charge for an adaptor, you can get a 3rd party adapter for less than $5. It's a gain because for every port they add, it gets more complicated and less appealing for the target audience. This is like complaining that pick-up truck manufacturers don't have an SD port. Turns out, that's not the purpose and photographers aren't the target audience of pick-up trucks.
D200_4me: I'm still liking Android better...mostly because it's more open. Apple seems to lock you into Apple. For example, can you get an iPad with a memory card expansion slot? No. Want more memory?...spend a few hundred more :-( At least some of the Android tablets have expansion slots for extra memory. Not all though.
Your blogger friend's argument becomes invalid right away by saying the iPad is a general purpose computer. It's not. He doesn't get to say it is. Apple does. Just because it's an electronic with an interface doesn't mean it has to abide by made up general purpose computing 'laws'.
Using your verbage, Apple *is* making an appliance, and people love it.
rallyfan: This is a winning situation for everyone involved and even those not involved...
The greatest winners are those who bought not Apple products necessarily, but Apple stock. The current price compared to the price before iPhone launch should bring a smile to anyone's face.
Those that don't buy Apple because the i-device lacks an ostensibly critical feature or suffers from a proprietary connector (when in fact these devices are the standards for significant markets in the developed world...) also win, because they won't have to worry about availability of their chosen non-Apple device: it should be ready and waiting for their $.
I doubt, meanwhile, that Apple will be able to produce enough of these to meet demand in the near future and perhaps beyond. In fact, it's almost fortunate that the iPad lacks the oh-so-crucial "standard" connector, SD card slot, bluetooth file sharing, fill-in-the-blank; if it were equipped with these must-have features supply would never meet demand... Heh.
@Dan Tong, I'm failing to see where we disagree. We landed on the same note: Apple didn't invent the product, they made them easy, simple, ergonomic. They've driven market changes not by introducing a new device, but by taking existing technology and showing our parents that it is in fact usable and understandable.
Also, big agreement on Apple not being a high and mighty company. Apple being successful doesn't make them holy, it just shows that consumers like their products.
I own mostly Apple products. People are going to jump at that and call me a fanboy. Every time I need a new laptop or phone, or want a new tablet, I look at every device I can get my hands on. I don't look at specs. I pick up the device and do the things I normally do. I look at the durability and practicality. Each time so far, Apple has the best experience.
Yes, far too many people buy Apple because it has the logo, but far too many people refuse to consider it for the same reason. Buy what you like.
@Le Kilt, I believe yes to all questions. I work in higher education. I talk to these people all the time. Photography majors, business majors, music majors, professors in each field, and never have I heard anyone say they wish it had USB or SD, and the conversation does come up since tablets in education is a huge topic. Also, what the hell are people wanting to connect to USB that can't be done wireless? No one is able to answer that question.
@larrytusaz, Apple makes a product that you describe... It's called a laptop. Look it up. It's made for content creation. Also, ignorance would describe the 30 people that feel they should be catered over the 3 million, not the other way around.
MediaDigitalVideo: I hate the reflection of the surface of those screens. Sorry Apple.
I believe it may also be a durability thing. Not sure though. Does Gorilla Glass come in matte?
And if you want to play that game...
."Any redeeming qualities are rendered moot by the fact that they can't mind their own business."
Apple does mind their own business. It's called "Apple." They get to control the environment in Apple, because it is their business.
>"Quite literally, jailbreaking says:..."
Do we need to go over the definition of literally?
>"If consumers throw away what little power they have (voting with their wallets), then what chance does that give us in the future"
So you're mad that the votes people are casting are not the ones you want? It is exactly that, people want Apple's environment.
>"The hardware in most devices released in the last 2 years is capable of running the majority of apps out there, on either platform."
With the exception of the most important piece of software... the OS. Apple has consistently supported OS upgrades for 2 years back. Android you're lucky to stay current for 9 months.
The 'audited' app stores of other OS devices either have an extremely limited selection (BB), or aren't audited closely enough (Android). Google has a lot more malicious apps slipping through its cracks than anyone else.
Also, I'm referring to tablets, therefore yes, the majority prefer Apple. Go ahead and replace "millions" with "majority" on that one, too.
The lawsuits are for patents, intellectual property, not open environment. Re-read what I wrote. You completely jumped off topic on that one. Maybe I should have written my post in crayons to keep your attention a little better. After all, you like to take the childish approach of name calling.
I like this walled garden. It has everything that most people, including myself, need in this type of device. It's a wall that is keeping garbage out, not the good things from coming in. You, being the exception, can be the minority that purchases Android. To each their own.
Apple isn't changing the computing world to a restricted one because they can't and don't care to restrict other companies from having an open platform. They could care less what other companies are doing because they only care about making a safe and efficient end-user environment and will do what it takes to achieve that. It works, and millions of people would rather have that over an open environment.
Baseman: Follow the leader leader leader, follow the leader.
Only reason Apple is doing so good is cause of it's marketing and ability to make you the consumer 'think' it's better than everything else. Funny there's still no memory card slot. Hmmmm.....better than the rest, I think not! It's only Apple's followers who will fight tooth and nail to proclaim it's the best. Still waiting for that memory card expansion. Oh wait, you'll never see it cause Apple can make you pay a lot more to get only a little. I like the ability to swap memory cards. Fill one, switch it for another. Need to transfer data across any platform, no problem with a memory card. But ooops, sorry Apple people, I'm talking another language to you. Just remember, Apple only wants your money by making you think you can't live without their product. Time to WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!
'For you personally' is exactly why they don't care. Their design team didn't sit around a conference table and ask, "does this meet the needs of 3DSimmon over on dpreview?"
Sad truth, but you're exactly right, and Apple is practically printing money with that approach.
Good point. Apple was never the first to make a type of product, they simply made them popular for regular people. Computers, digital music players, smartphones, and tablets were items that existed, but Apple made appealing to those who didn't need them. They are never 'revolutionary' or 'magical' like they claim, but they are the easiest for a non-tech person to adapt to.
migus: It's still far from 'retina' (326dpi) but much improved display. I hoped for AMOLED w/ deeper black than the typical milky-gray IPS... Not convinced yet that i ever need an iPad, though one could use it for photos - as an expensive digital frame :-).
My main interest for such toys would be in maps/GPS and PDF papers/magazines... basically a hi-res reader. Again, i'd rather save my eyes w/ e-ink or a friendlier display (not backlit). Mitch
Robogobo is right, Apple made the term. While scientists agree with the formula and they are accurate in their claims, it is still a standard created by Apple. I think it's a fair standard.
There's a joke about how to make any cell phone a 'retina' display. 1. Hold phone at a comfortable distance 2*. Begin moving phone away from your face until you can no longer see individual pixels. *extension pole may be required for step 2 **use caution with Nokia phones
Seriously though, take a tablet without that DPI and bring it to the Apple store and set it next to the new iPad, bring up the same website, and hold it 15" from your face. It may not be a 'huge deal,' but you'll see why it's nice.
Retina is not a fixed number. It's a formula that compares DPI to standard viewing distance to determine if the normal human eye can distinguish individual pixels.
Definitely agree on the different screen technology. They should either bump up to better backlit technology or someday bring eink to the level of a color magazine. I read on my kindle to give my eyes a break.
A lot of you Apple haters need to step away from your ignorant perspectives and look at the facts.
MadDawgJ: FYI: ShutterSnitch is having a sale in anticipation of the new iPad and the app is already updated to Retina graphics for it. I can't wait to shoot to the iPad and see the images in Retina quality on the big iPad screen. This is going to be a great device for photogs. I can't wait for mine.
Do you use it with a grip or Eye-Fi? I'm curious how this app performs with an Eye-Fi in a CF adapter.
PeakAction: Whine, whine, whine! No SD card slot? I don't care; I'm a professional and use CF cards. :-) If you want SD, then buy the 29.95 camera connection kit and be happy; it comes with an SD reader and a USB connector. Problem solved.
And, for those of you saying that it's not that much of an upgrade, I ask: Have you ever used an iPhone 4 with the Retina display? It's freakin' amazing! Now imagine showing prospective clients your portfolio/reel on one that's 2048x1536! The visuals are INSANE as long as your images are good (wink wink). YES, I will buy one for that reason alone!
Oh yea, AND it now has a quad-core processor. Please, stop complaining. Apple is going to sell millions of these things.
ybizzle, let me count all the times I wanted to sacrifice stability on my iPad to "customize" it... zero. Sure, call it a walled garden, but this garden is keeping crap out, not good things from coming in.
Joe Ogiba: I will stick with my 13.3" Core i7 MacBook Air with 256GB SSD, SDHC/SDXC slot , Thunderbolt & USB ports etc.
I have a front loading Maytag washing machine with 7 different wash cycles which is just as relevant as you posting your laptop stats on an iPad article. BTW, I have the exact same laptop and no matter how hard I poke at the screen I still can't seem to get it to respond.
jj74e: Am I the only one who finds the "Retina" resolution unnecessary? I would rather have a "low quality" screen for a lower price.
How Apple sells so many of these, I don't know. Between your laptop and phone, when would you ever use a tablet? I'm sorry, but I just don't get it. Do people really need another product in between? Is the iPad so fulfilling of certain duties that a phone or computer can't do better (portability or power) that people are willing to blow hundreds of dollars on it?
I mean, I'm not judging, but people say Apple excels at creating products that people didn't know they needed, and, well, I still don't know why I need an iPad.
Ummm... I have a MacBook Air, iPad 1, and an iPhone 4S with the new iPad on order. Are they all necessary? No. They are LUXURIES. Luxuries that I am grateful that I can afford.
This is like arguing that people shouldn't buy a BMW over a Civic. The extras are merely "features" and will still get you from A to B, but the BMW will make the experience a lot nicer. Nicer is something people are willing to pay for. Millions of people in the case of the iPad.
Oh, and the Retina display was the sole reason I upgraded to the iPhone 4 from the 3GS and therefore the sole reason I'm upgrading to the new iPad. It makes a HUGE difference when you use the devices as much as I do.
DanCart: I really dont get it, why is it that Apple refuse to add an SD card slot to their device ? Its a joke in this day and age that you have to start fiddling with plug in accesories to transfer photos, come on Apple show some common sense !
Their logic is to make a product for 90% of the population and have a dongle available for the 10% than force ports which increase size, weight, and cost on everyone. I believe the greed is on your end.
Mr Fartleberry: Good for portfolios - useless for travelling as a backup of files. Of course it is the same price as a 5D3 or D800 grip. Your money.
That is like saying a refrigerator is good for keeping my food chilled, but useless for doing my laundry.