1. Fausty82's Avatar
    Another good reason to wait is that even though Apple porducts are top notch, they usually seem to have a glitch or two when they first come out (antennas, batteries, heating, Special feature failure, etc). I a month or two all the giltches will be identified, a solution found for the problem and all will be fine and dandy in Cupertino!!! That will be the best earliest time to invest....
    I totally disagree with the premise. IF the issue can be fixed by software, it will be and everyone will get the "fix". If it turns out to be a hardware/design thing, the time to identify the problem, engineer the fix and retool the manufacturing/production line would be 6-months at a minimum... Not many people will wait that long IF they are going to purchase the device at all...
    03-16-2012 06:27 PM
  2. Chop's Avatar
    I drove past a Best Buy this morning at about 8:15 am... there were only 7-8 people in line... and they weren't open yet. They normally open at 9:00 am, and apparently didn't open early for this event. No clue what the Apple stores saw, but demand at "third party" retailers appears to not be a huge issue... but fear not, Apple will still make a ton of cash today...
    If I knew 20 people that were intent on getting this new model, literally all of them preordered. I won't knock people for choosing to stand in long lines for "the experience" or whatever, but... no. No way in hell. Personally, I'm thinking many others went that route - especially with the same-day delivery.

    Could be that some of these estimates on demand were overhyped as well. I don't doubt it. This thing will sell like crazy, but I doubt it mirrors the record-setting pace of the 4S. IMO, you have a better chance of hitting those numbers with a phone, regardless of its physical similarities to previous models, than with a $600-800+ tablet that "looks" just like the last one. That screen though... damn. I agree with another reviewer - shouldn't have even looked at it.

    I'm glad that it still appears to be easy enough for people to get one at retail price... The ones running to eBAY to try to turn a quick profit annoy me.
    03-16-2012 08:38 PM
  3. Fausty82's Avatar
    If I knew 20 people that were intent on getting this new model, literally all of them preordered. I won't knock people for choosing to stand in long lines for "the experience" or whatever, but... no. No way in hell. Personally, I'm thinking many others went that route - especially with the same-day delivery.

    Could be that some of these estimates on demand were overhyped as well. I don't doubt it. This thing will sell like crazy, but I doubt it mirrors the record-setting pace of the 4S. IMO, you have a better chance of hitting those numbers with a phone, regardless of its physical similarities to previous models, than with a $600-800+ tablet that "looks" just like the last one. That screen though... damn. I agree with another reviewer - shouldn't have even looked at it.

    I'm glad that it still appears to be easy enough for people to get one at retail price... The ones running to eBAY to try to turn a quick profit annoy me.
    I just re-read my post, and while it sounds like I was downplaying the demand, I did not intend to. There could be any number of reasons why the lines were short at that Best Buy. Apple has done a yeoman's job of getting the pre-order/purchase for delivery process ironed out... and, as you say, no doubt they will sell a ton of them before it's all done...
    03-16-2012 09:53 PM
  4. baseballbert's Avatar
    I ordered a 32gb new iPad, but once I saw what they were going for on ebay ($700-$1000!), I put it up for sale.

    I got a brand new 64gb iPad 2 for the same price and will come away with a nice little "iBonus" and 2x as much storage.

    I did check out the new ones, the display is pretty nice, I will admit that. But it isn't like the 2 is a the old school monochrome Macintosh with black and green screen and totally sucks now.

    A month ago, the 2's were the best tablets on the planet, and they are still pretty darn good!
    03-16-2012 10:02 PM
  5. DaPhoneking's Avatar
    I, too am perfectly content with my iPad 2. Although I wouldn't mind looking at one to see how different the Retina display is, I will hold out for the iPad 4 (or 4th gen, as Apple will probably see it). Plus my heart (and money) right now is set on the new iPhone.
    03-16-2012 11:46 PM
  6. DaPhoneking's Avatar
    Sorry, but I highly disagree with you here. There is nothing wrong with someone wanting to save a few bucks and going with a cheaper model. The iPad 2 while not having a retina display is still a very good choice, IMO. Not everyone wants or has a need to have the latest and greatest. It's all based on a persons needs... Just my 2 cents.


    Sent from my iPhone 4S using Tapatalk.
    Agreed, I went out and got a 16GB iPad 2 a week or so ago ONLY for the sole purpose that my kids can have one without resorting to mine much.
    03-16-2012 11:55 PM
  7. lucie's Avatar
    do you guys really find time to use the ipad when you have a mac book as well?
    03-17-2012 01:33 AM
  8. lucie's Avatar
    i have a macbook and just dont think i would use an ipad that much? i have my iphone as well....
    03-17-2012 01:34 AM
  9. Eileen89's Avatar
    Although I wasn't in a hurry. After seeing the new iPad in person at AT&T I ended up walking out with one. They got 2 shipments in during the day so they had some in stock when I got there at 7pm last night.


    Sent from my iPad 3 using Tapatalk.
    03-17-2012 01:42 AM
  10. Chop's Avatar
    i have a macbook and just dont think i would use an ipad that much? i have my iphone as well....
    You bring up an interesting point, and I don't think it stops at just MacBooks or iPhones. Definitely something to consider before spending that kind of money on a rather limited device. Short answer - yes, I use mine a lot. When I travel I bring both, though throughout the day I'll have one or the other with me, mission-dependent. I think a lot of people forget what Steve Jobs himself said was the very reason for an iPad even existing: apps, watching movies, reading emails, surfing the web, books/magazines, and games. That's basically its strong points - media consumption. So if you find yourself doing MOSTLY THIS on a laptop of any kind, the iPad is probably a good fit, as it can serve as a more personal and efficient means to accomplish these. I use mine all the time for these reasons. And yes, it offers a "better" and more intimate experience doing any of these than on a computer (with a far superior battery), while being more capable than a phone with regards to screen size. But it will never be as portable and communication-friendly as your phone; NEVER as powerful as your laptop. Think of all the times you've been out and seen others (or you yourself) with power chords stretched out, hunting for sockets at an airport or school... just to be on Facebook or look at YouTube, etc. An iPad works brilliantly here. Need to do some extensive document working, spreadsheets, graphical work with precision, or anything else that needs a bit of muscle behind it? Bring the MacBook.

    I'm all for people finding new ways to use their products and justifying their purchases, but let's be real... the iPad is not, nor was it ever intended to be, a replacement for a MacBook. The iPad does what it does well. Whether that's worth $500-800+ is up to the individual. The whole "it's just a big iPod Touch" thing, yelled by blindly-loyal fans and bitter haters alike, has had people rushing since the original iPad to find other uses for them, resulting in expensive peripherals and dozens of apps, turning the iPad into a similarly-priced (and woefully underpowered) version of a MacBook Air - the product Apple has to fill the niche I think some erroneously try to fit tablets of any kind in. Those people are often unimpressed with iPads. Those who use them a bit more realistically are often highly satisfied.
    03-17-2012 02:12 AM
  11. sunrat39's Avatar
    I have the original iPad 1 64GB wifi only that I bought last year for 399 (brand new). Obviously I got a good deal so I didn't bother with the iPad 2. I told myself that when the 3rd iPad comes out that I will upgrade to it. Well, the new iPad is out and honestly, I don't believe I'll make the jump. I basically use my iPad for school work, checking emails and playing a few games. Yea, I would love to play the newest and greatest games out there but I don't have time for it and I don't know how I feel about playing intense 3d graphic kind of games on a tablet. For what I do, the original iPad is still fine.

    500 or so dollars for an updated iPad seems a lot considering I could get a nice laptop for the same price (and let's be honest a laptop cannot be replaced right now by a tablet). So, I will try getting a new battery for my 4 year old Sony laptop (Win 7, dual core, 2gb but going to 4, 250 HDD, webcam and so on...) and just "revive" my laptop.

    I don't do photo/video editing on my iPad and honestly, I think a project like that would be done better on a laptop anyhow. 5mp camera? Nice but I have an iPhone 4s. Who really uses a tablet for taking pictures and video recording?

    Anyway, if you have the new iPad that's awesome but I just don't see MYSELF buying one unless it's an impulse buy kind of thing.
    03-17-2012 03:28 AM
  12. zenduo's Avatar
    The new iPad does look nice, however I personally think the iPad2 display is more than enough, certainly not worth the upgrade. I think the only thing for me is the new camera. However I hardly use the cam on my current one so again not worth the upgrade. IPhone 5 is what I'm waiting for!
    03-17-2012 04:45 AM
  13. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    I still have my iPad1, iPad classic, iPad original....what ever you wanna call it lol and I enjoy it thoroughly & runs great. I won't invest in another iPad until this one decides to call it quits on me. It's been trucking along just fine, this April will be 3yrs(I think lol) that I've had it, got it when it came out.
    03-17-2012 08:30 AM
  14. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    The new iPad does look nice, however I personally think the iPad2 display is more than enough, certainly not worth the upgrade. I think the only thing for me is the new camera. However I hardly use the cam on my current one so again not worth the upgrade. IPhone 5 is what I'm waiting for!
    My sentiments, exactly. My brother bought him and his daughter the new iPad and love it. It's their first iPad and he conceded that if he had already owned a previous iPad (specifically, the iPad 2), he would not have gotten the new one. He was comparing the new one with his girlfriend's iPad 2.


    Just Me, D
    Tapatalk (iPhone 4S)
    03-17-2012 08:43 AM
  15. Motorbones's Avatar
    I totally disagree with the premise. IF the issue can be fixed by software, it will be and everyone will get the "fix". If it turns out to be a hardware/design thing, the time to identify the problem, engineer the fix and retool the manufacturing/production line would be 6-months at a minimum... Not many people will wait that long IF they are going to purchase the device at all...
    Most glitches are fixed in a short period of time without a recall. The antenna problem just needed a bumper. iOS 5.01 helped the battery issue a lot. If it takes 6 mos to fix a problem, then I'll wait 6 mos. I still have my iPad Classic and it works fine for now. The new iPad will have to offer me value for what I'd be spending. I plan to upgrade by early August one way or the other. The fact some folks just can't wait doesn't mean much of anything to me. If a couple of weeks go by and there's no problems, that might move up my schedule. Just the same I'd like to make sure it works properly before buying, if I buy.
    One of the reasons I've stayed clear of the Android tablets is that they seem to upgrade almost every couple of months or so. AT least Apple does it only once a year and it doesn't leave the previous products behind nearly as quickly.
    03-17-2012 09:35 AM
  16. saynt j's Avatar
    I'm not going to get the "New" iPad, which seems just like the iPhone 4S, a reboot with some minor improvements.

    The only thing that I find the iPad 2 lacking is the camera.
    03-17-2012 11:00 AM
  17. leharris22's Avatar
    Lots of interesting perspectives. For me, I just haven't found a niche for a tablet. I had a BB PB for a while and sold it. I never used it. I'm sure I would love the iPad at first, but not sure I could really find a use for it that my MacBook and iPhone couldn't do. I'm sure others couldn't live without their iPad, but I just don't need it.
    03-17-2012 11:30 AM
  18. saynt j's Avatar
    The iPad is a great in between for light use, Internet... Reading... Facebook... So I use it on the couch and at work during my downtime.

    For all else I use my laptop, just easier to multitask. iOs should support windows for the iPad.
    03-17-2012 08:14 PM
  19. CavemanOOGA's Avatar
    The only hurry I was in was to see if the retina display was going to be as amazing on the iPad as it is on the iPhone. That was the huge deciding factor, because I plan to read and do a lot of school work on it.

    While the screen is insanely good, especially when next to an iPad 2, I don't feel the mass need to throw down the cash on one right away... So, I shall wait. Plus, by the time I get one, hopefully all my favorite apps will have been updated for the retina display.

    As of right now, I feel a more urgent need to get my hands on a cheap Craigslist iPad 2. Possibly to just hold me out till I get a "new iPad".
    03-18-2012 08:31 AM
  20. ruger141's Avatar
    Just curious mostly, but what did people used to spend $600-$900 on every year or two before smartphones and tablets came along and we all got convinced we needed to buy them lol?
    03-19-2012 09:41 PM
  21. djdan's Avatar
    An IPad is an awesome, convenient luxury purchase driven very much by one's financial position. If you have the available funds, the 'new' iPad is amazing. I upgraded from the 2 and I don't regret it one bit. But each and everyone's own financials and personal use case will dictate if that is the best decision.
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    03-19-2012 09:51 PM
  22. saynt j's Avatar
    I have tech ADD... I seem to get a new phone every 4 months. Retail.

    With the ipad2 I don't use it as much as my phone, so its novelty and new electronic smell stays a lot longer.

    I'd say my next tablet purchase would have to almost completely replace my laptop... That's what I'm expecting in the coming year(s).
    03-20-2012 12:10 AM
  23. Motorbones's Avatar
    Well... I crossed the line today and went ahead and got one. Oh well.....
    03-20-2012 09:12 PM
  24. Fausty82's Avatar
    Well... I crossed the line today and went ahead and got one. Oh well.....
    Wow... from your posts I was sure you weren't going "in" this early... congrats on the new toy! I may be joining you soon... got a buddy who will buy my iPad2... which one did you get? (size, color, provider, wifi/LTE?)
    03-20-2012 11:44 PM
  25. Motorbones's Avatar
    Well, it boiled down to this. I wanted 3g or LTE which I didn't have. That made it either the iPad 2 or 3. For a hundred bucks more I got twice the processing power, more RAM and something that will stay "current" longer. While the display is nice, it wasn't a major factor. I'll be playing with the dictation thing tomorrow. I hope it hears more accurately than Siri does on my iPhone 4s. Ther were a couple more reasons, but those were the biggies...
    03-21-2012 12:34 AM
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