Apple’s Latest iPad Isn’t A Game-Changer. However, Is All That Really Need To Be A Factor?

Since Steve Jobs’s passing of Steve Jobs people with an interest in the subject have been looking for the first lapses in Apple’s seemingly flawless path towards becoming the most appreciated and important company.

Since the debate about Apple is so divisive it’s difficult to determine whether the recent announcement of a brand new iPad will continue to boost Apple’s growth, or signal the beginning in the decline.

Steve Jobs was, among many other things, an incredible magician. Through sleight of hands and an air of charisma, Jobs made minor changes to Apple products seem significant. It’s unclear if the Apple’s CEO of today, Tim Cook, has the same tricks in his bag.

Cook’s situation was made worse by the announcement made today of Apple’s brand new iPad. According to what was reported in the press prior to the announcement this updated iPad has more to do with a specification upgrade rather than a major overhaul.

The latest iPad has a higher-resolution “retina” display (2048 x 1536 pixels) that experts have already criticized as a bit too much. The display of an high-definition 1080p film would leave 33 percent of the screen’s pixels unoccupied.

The iPad’s higher resolution would be very beneficial in the event that Apple would be able to split the screen in order to allow multiple apps to run simultaneously. However, it’s unlikely to happen, at the very least not until the next operating system update – iOS 5.1 that was also revealed today.

The latest iPad is expected to launch in Australia from March 16, also comes with more powerful processors – it’s an A5X in comparison to an A5 processor in iPad 2. iPad 2. A5X, Apple claims A5X, Apple claims, is twice more efficient than the A5. It sounds impressive, however there haven’t been any complaints regarding it. iPad 2 being too slow. Naturally more powerful CPUs as well as graphics processors are required to increase the screen’s resolution. Maybe Apple has upgraded its processor to meet this need.

One of the most requested upgrades is the better-quality and higher-resolution cameras. There will be a five-megapixel camera at the rear of the device, and an front-facing HD camera. Evidently, the notion of using a tablet to serve as camera (unwieldy at the very least) hasn’t stopped people from making use of the iPad to shoot video in this manner.

Finally, there’s the decision to support the 4G LTE wireless networking, the next-generation wireless connectivity.

The inaccessibility of 4G in a majority of regions ( including Australia) and the additional energy requirements could restrict the popularity of this feature. However, the bigger battery inside the latest iPad helps offset this. Being able to claim that your iPad can support 4G is likely to be enough to make many buy the latest version of this Apple tablet.

We Should All Be Ecstatic?

To answer this question, it’s worthwhile to look back at when we saw the introduction of the iPhone 4S in October of the previous year. The rumours about the launch had led consumers to anticipate the launch of the iPhone 5, only for the iPhone 4S to be launched as a specification upgrade. It was evident that any disappointment was overshadowed by the release of Siri and Apple was able to get away with a relatively unnoticeable upgrade.

While the new iPad includes a voice dictation feature however, the feature isn’t Siri. Also, the anticipated announcement of the brand new Apple TV also didn’t happen.

It is believed that the Apple TV is a believed to be a 37-inch TV that’s capable of using touch, is operated by Siri and also has cameras that can be used to capture hand gestures.

However, Apple has announce a new version of its current media player that is, at times, also referred to as “the” Apple TV. The launch was not unexpected and doesn’t really represent a huge leap forward.

However, perhaps they are content with incremental improvements so long as they are directed in the proper direction. In the end, it’s unrealistic to believe that a company, even one as powerful and large as Apple to launch groundbreaking new products every year.

It’s important to note that any hype surrounding the launch regarding the upcoming iPad either positive or negative, is unlikely to have any impact on how well the tablet will be a success or not. Some predict that Apple is expected to be selling 65 million iPads this year, which is up over 51.4 million in the year 2011. Users of an original iPads will be enticed to upgrade to the latest iPad. Expanding further into market Chinese market, as well as within the existing market, could have the newest iPad customers join in the ranks.

The thing that Apple has achieved is convincing users that they require a variety of devices and convincing people to purchase the iPad rather than a third or second PC at home. The trend will continue once it comes to the Apple TV is eventually announced.

Apple’s annual announcements of new products have become a popular activity for the US. The mythology surrounding them has grown up around them, fuelled by rumours leading up to announcements, and then analysis following the announcements. All this excitement, good and negative is largely ignored due to the lines of excited customers lining up outside of the Apple stores, eager to purchase what was announced. The bottom line is that it’s difficult to imagine the situation changing anytime soon.

If you’ll allow me to be excused I’m going to get out and stand up.