Do you own an original iPad? Will you be paying out the dollars to switch to the new iPad2? According to a report by technology researchers Gartner Inc, the answer is yes if you haven’t already.
According to them, over half of iPad owners will be upgrading their old models for the new version, which hype has turned into both the coolest and hottest piece of technology you can get your hands and fingers on – if you’re lucky.
Around one million iPad2s were sold in the US on opening weekend, with many stores running out. Waiting times for online orders is now six weeks and counting, and there’s a booming ‘gray’ market thanks to organised groups buying up stock from stores to ship to eager Apple followers overseas, unable to wait for the official launch date in their own countries.
But is the iPad2 worth the money? Is it really that different an experience from the old one? Gartner says the reason we’ll all be upgrading is two-fold – for the features but also for ‘status.’ Today, there is really no better example of the power of a brand than Apple.
So what do you get for your dollars? Obviously an improved experience – it’s why Apple is the leader in tablet technology. They’ve never lost sight of the importance of the user experience and have developed their hardware and apps around this. The new iPad2 is thinner, lighter, and has a faster processor, but this time it has two cameras – front and back – bringing the joy of the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time and a myriad of other camera trickery delights.
So, in my book (or iPad at least), the best apps for the iPad2 are be the ones that make the most of the new features and super-fast processing.
Augmented Reality (AR) apps such as the new Junaio browser, expected in the App store in the very near future, labels your surroundings as you pan around with your iPad camera. It cleverly also links videos to things it sees in the viewfinder – so show it a printed advert, and chances are a video version will appear for your viewing pleasure, giving you increased interaction with adverts via AR technology – great news for advertisers, and the kind of things the Frogs are thinking about.
AR has also revolutionised video games, so you can expect plenty of shoot-em-up choice and the like for the iPad2. In fact, any game which makes full use of the iPad2’s greater graphics capacity (there’s nothing quite like a beautiful game) should be a welcome addition to your tablet. Finally, the iPad2’s new processor means editing apps such as iMovie will now be super-fast and efficient to use, allowing you to share your created videos, complete with audio tracks, online or via email.
What do you think? Are there any iPad2 apps you can’t wait to get your fingers on?