Ailing Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who is currently on a mysterious medical leave of absence, returned temporarily to kick off the evolutionary product.I'll say it again. I am So. F&%#ing. Brilliant.
...Jobs said, opening the iPad announcement event, after receiving a standing ovation from the Apple-centric press in attendance.
Jobs and his Apple cohorts then went on to step through the expected product news: a thinner, slightly lighter that Apple claims offers better CPU performance and "nine times" the graphics performance of its predecessor.Battery life is identical to that of its predecessor, as is pricing, which again ranges from $500 to a whopping $829. There are an incredible 18 different models of iPad 2, which comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variants, as before, and in models that work with Wi-Fi only, AT&T 3G wireless networks, and Verizon Wireless 3G. Good luck figuring out which one you want.
Basically, what we have here is a decidedly evolutionary update that simply maintains the status quo, technically and from a pricing perspective.
Problematically, the Android competition is just as expensive as the iPad lineup, so Apple obviously feels free to continue gouging consumers <----Note: I know this makes no sense whatsoever, but what the hell. It was fun to write. Never mind that if competitor pricing is at par or higher, Apple can't be "gouging". It sure sounds good. on iPad pricing. Those consumers show no sign of resisting this gouging, either: Apple is forecasted <----Note: not a real word to sell roughly 35 million iPads this year alone.
...if you do want to purchase a tablet device—virtually no one needs such a thing, remember—
Apple says the iPad 2 will begin shipping March 11 in the United States, but customers aren't able to preorder the device: Instead, you'll need to line up like a lemming at an Apple Store that day if you want one immediately. International sales start March 25.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Remember, kiddies: When you're writing a review of an Apple product, it's important to hit all the right notes if you want to be taken seriously as The Most Important Windows Tech Analyst In The Free Word™: