I told we a new wharf connector change was awful.
Apple unexpected denounced a new fourth-generation iPad today, usually 6 months after a birth of a cheekily dubbed “new iPad.” That’s a shortest designed obsolescence window I’ve ever seen from Apple, and CNET’s Roger Cheng is not alone in feeling burnt during spending $500 (or more) on a tool that’s usually been significantly upgraded during a same price.
Make no mistake, yet — a suddenness of the
iPad refurbish has zero to do with a faster A6X processor, stretched LTE support, and 10-hour battery life. All a underline upgrades would have been usually as good 6 months from now. The new new iPad is about one thing and one thing only: Lightning.
This ascent fits a iPad into a new star of Lightning accessories and cables that will beget no reduction than $100 million in revenue from consumers unexpected forced to upgrade. Apple started standardizing on a Lightning connector with final month’s updates to a iPhone and a whole iPod line. The iPad was a usually outlier — until today.
Meanwhile, a 30-pin third-generation iPad has utterly vanished from a Apple Store. While the
iPhone 4S sticks around as a cheaper choice to a iPhone 5, the
iPad 2 unexpected gets a “price drop” to $399, and a ideally lovely, thinner, faster, and Retina Display-endowed iPad 3 gets shuffled into a closet like an annoying cousin. You can’t even buy a ideally good iPad 3 by normal channels. What?
The Lightning wharf connector is a income grab, pristine and simple, and today’s iPad proclamation is usually an acceleration of a grabbing. And, as we wrote in my progressing rant, it’s all a some-more sorrowful given roughly all smartphones and a Kindle Fire HD and a Nexus 7 both use a industry-standard micro USB to charge.
Most 10-inch tablets don’t use a underpowered micro USB, it’s true. But if Apple had centralized on that customary like it said it would do with smartphones, it could have waited out a normal iPad recover cycle and expelled a fourth-gen iPad with micro USB 3.0, that is some-more than adequate for charging a 10-inch tablet.
That would have leapfrogged a 10-inch competition, been backwards-compatible with cables and other accessories, and avoided a second coming of prevalent anti-consumer function in as many months.
But don’t despair, iPad 3 buyers! we know we usually done a constrained evidence for we to feel indignant and tricked about a next-generation iPad, though we do consider we should demeanour on a splendid side. You iPad 3 owners are indeed a propitious ones. You’ve got yourselves a good collector’s item: a really good iPad with a Retina Display, a quick processor, a good battery, and iOS 6 with all a bells and whistles…and we don’t have to bombard out for new cables, adapters, or accessories. You win!
No, we know, it doesn’t make me feel any better, either. Sorry.