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Unnecessary Criticism of ‘The New iPad’

The iPad was released to the public in its current generation (3rd) on Friday. Yes, the ‘new iPad’ as it is called. Maybe not the most impressive tech toy name known to mankind, but hey, it still better than some of the Android naming schemes… DROID Xyboard, I’m looking at you.

What am I talking about you might ask? Well, the fact that “the new iPad” has faced what I seem to think is some rather unwarranted criticism. I get it: the most popular products on the market are those that receive the most noticeable criticism, yet some of the complaints about Apple’s latest iPad are still just mind boggling to me.

Excuse me if I go on a rant here, but I will be naming names. Two prominent tech websites stand out to me: TechnoBuffalo and CNET. Each of these websites posted similar critiques of the latest iPad and for the most part, I did not understand the logic behind either website’s thinking.

I will start with CNET’s article first, as I find it the most ridiculous of the two. Let’s begin with the A6 processor complaint. CNET says the following about the Apple processor-to-be:

“Prior to launch, there was lots of chatter about what kind of chip would power the next iPad. After the iPhone 4S got a modified version of the A5 processor found in the iPad 2, many presumed the new iPad would get the A6 processor. Instead we got the A5X, which integrates a dual-core processor with “quad-core” graphics. Apple says the A5X offers “four times the performance” of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip. Great as that all sounds, it’s still no A6.”

Are you kidding me? How much more power do you think an Apple mobile device needs? My iPhone 4, not even 4S, still runs silky smooth and is purring right along with its single-core 1 GHz A4 processor. The desire for a quad-core processor is not yet justified at all. Simply put, Apple’s mobile products do not need quad-core yet. What’s more, Apple is still having a tough time with power management on the iPhone 4S and its dual-core A5 processor.

I had a hard time choosing the next bit, but CNET’s argument about iOS 6 ultimately won the second place position. CNET says the following in regards to iOS 6:

“Ars Technica reported that it was seeing devices running iOS 6 in logs, sparking hope that Apple might release–or at least tease–iOS 6. Alas, we’re only getting iOS 5.1 now. Expect more iOS news to emerge in June at Apple’s World Wide Developers conference.”

CNET, did you forget iOS 5 was released not even a year ago? Apple has traditionally released iOS on a once a year schedule and that should not be expected to change in the near future. Furthermore, Apple tends to announce iOS upgrades at WWDC in June. You could not have possibly expected a new iteration of iOS all together.

Third and last place for CNET is their complaint about the lack of a 7-inch “iPad mini”. They said the following on the matter:

“While we thought the chances were slim that Apple would introduce a smaller iPad at this time, rumors continue to swirl that it will happen sometime this year. After the release of the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet (both now cost $199), we’d like to see what Apple could do at this size. We’ll have to wait.”

Yeah, that’s right, you will be waiting a pretty long time. In case you’ve forgotten, Apple still sells the iPod touch. With the addition of a so called “iPad mini”, Apple would be blurring the lines and potentially introducing an issue that Android has struggled with over the past few years: fragmentation. I simply do not get CNET’s logic on this one.

Of course, CNET had a few other points that made little sense to me, such as lack of a 128 GB model, lack of a descriptive name, increase in weight, etc., however some of these wishes I can understand a little more.

Moving onward to TechnoBuffalo’s complaint list, first place goes again to the processor complaint. TechnoBuffalo says the following on the matter:

“The A5X with quad-core graphics processing is a much-needed upgrade, especially in light of what Cupertino envisions this device doing soon. And yet, there are still users who won’t care because it’s not quad-core — which has become akin to a “designer name” in mobile tech. For now, it’s like the Gucci of mobile processors. Will prospective customers wait another year for it? Some might, but others will jump ship and satisfy their tablet needs elsewhere. Even if the A5X performance is stellar, it’s still a perception thing. I genuinely think Apple made a mistake by not including a quad-core here.”

Yup, I can tell others are “jumping ship” to “satisfy their tablet needs elsewhere” when Apple just sold three million third generation iPads the first weekend it was available to retail. I had to laugh at this statement upon reading it, thus making it number one on the list of unwarranted critiques by TechnoBuffalo.

Second on TechnoBuffalo’s bad complaint list is increased weight and thicker body. Talking about the increase in size and weight, TechnoBuffalo proclaims the following:

“It’s 9.4mm now, up from the 8.8mm of the previous model — which means any close-fitting iPad accessories have suddenly become obsolete. Again. And the weight’s going up 50+ grams? Um, aren’t devices supposed to get sleeker over time? Instead of unveiling a sexy new take on the Apple design aesthetic, it pretty much gave us the same old thing, but fatter.”

You could not have possibly thought that 4G-LTE connectivity was supposed to come with a more complex chipset, increased battery to support it, and still maintain the same weight and depth, could you TechnoBuffalo? Something has to be sacrificed here and it is not like we are talking about pounds of weight being added on to the device.

TechnoBuffalo’s final spot goes to their complaint about the lack of a higher storage option. The following is TechnoBuffalo’s take on the matter:

“Let’s take stock for a second. Apple just launched iPhoto for the iPad along with a sweep of updated iWork and iLife apps (including the popular iMovie), which are guaranteed to use up space. It also unveiled 1080p video capture, as well as a beautiful new Retina Display that’s just waiting for RD-optimized (read: huge) iOS apps to take advantage of them. But despite all that, there’s no way to up the built-in storage? What’s up with that? That there’s no 128GB version to go along with all these changes just doesn’t make any sense. I guess there’s still iCloud, though ongoing fees for upgraded cloud storage will cost you. And good luck if you have LTE — of course AT&T and Verizon both have LTE data caps.”

This product is not replacing your iMac or PC, and heaven forbid Apple adds weight or depth to the device (see above)! Simply put, if you are going beyond the 64GB cap Apple currently offers in flash storage, you might want to consider cleaning out clutter or using the conventional desktop, not an iPad.

I could not help but address these seemingly nitpicking complaints about Apple’s latest tablet offering.