With the dull thud of inevitability, next Wednesday brings the unveiling of the iPad 3 - and in keeping with company tradition, Apple's latest incarnation of its tablet is sure to include snazzy upgrades, an aura of sleek sexiness, and the general sentiment that your iPad 2, once the crown jewel of tablet computing, will soon find itself relegated to the status of "grandpa computer."
As per usual, the rumor mill is abuzz with speculation. There has been talk of a retina display (or something of that order), quad core chip, and other such loviness, though as this comes from the internet - that place where truth and lies dance a most terrible waltz, 24/7 - and as such, should not be taken as gospel.
It's long been known that Apple employees take a blood oath not to reveal company secrets. Failing that, the "iTerminate" app, preloaded on Apple's proprietary Killswitch, utilizes the power the Intel i7 processor ("it's fast") to sever the brain stem of loose-lipped individuals in just under 2.7 microseconds. Still, Orwellian future-tech aside, it will be interesting to see what happens with the latest incarnation of Apple's tablet. It certainly has its place in the gaming realm: whether one is hopeful about introducing an otherwise uninterested demographic to video games, or subscribes to the doomsday notion that the unending torrent of cheap games will spell death for "hardcore" titles, both iOS and Android devices have shown to be lucrative platforms for developers.
One can expect the iPad 3 to fetch roughly the same price as its predecessors - with an increasingly competitive tablet market, it seems unwise for Apple to stray too far from the iPad's $500 starting point - and those hoping to save some money on an iPad 2 will no doubt find themselves disappointed - that is, unless you're willing to purchase a used device online. As I recall, the original iPad was treated to a $50 or so discount (through the Apple Store), before kicking off into the Great iCloud, and assuming you already have $450 at your disposal, it makes more sense to fork over the extra $50 for the latest model.
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