March the Seventh saw a landmark day in the history of Apple with the first major launch of a product in the post Steve Jobs era. The product in question was the Third Generation iPad which saw the light of day for the first time in Los Angeles’ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Bearing a strong resemblance to the untrained eye at least to the iPad and the iPad 2 while those in the know were quick to point out that Jobs’ minute attention to detail might well have been missed in the product’s finish.
In terms of performance the major departures from the previous versions is the Third Generation iPad’s new 2048 x 1536 retina display which provides tremendous details, twice as clear as any of the previous versions. Internally the iPad 3rd generation will come a considerably enhanced quad-core processor, and 4G support. That’s the kind of power that will make the iPad 3rd generation especially attractive to lovers of gaming and streaming video.
The question that will be springing to most people’s minds is that “is it worth spending between five hundred dollars to eight hundred dollars for what will be probably an interim version that looks more or less the same than anything that is currently on the market, when it is obvious that a iPad four is in pipeline?”.
The much larger elephant in the room is, even though Jobs was very ill when the new iPad 3rd generation was in its development stages, he was still very active. The chances are that his giant shadow will have faded before the iPad 4 is released. And the question that will then be answered will Apple without Steve Jobs be capable of being so innovative.
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