How often do you buy a car? Until the lease runs out for some people. A couple of years after the loan is paid off. Or if you're like me, 10+ years or until it starts to fall apart. For laptops, they're closer to 3 to 4 years. How about the iPad?
The reason I'm asking is because I think people are beginning to settle in on a biannual upgrade schedule. Or at least, I think they ought to be because the 2012 iPad is just rocking fast, awesome, and magical. And I wanted to say that you should not take my word for it but, in the case, you should. In this case, I'm not exaggerating. I don't at all just because I'm an Apple (more importantly) a mobile fan.
I've had the new iPad for 24 hours now and its use has been limited. A majority of the time, I've spend it doing just one thing: read. Reading Instapaper, long posts on the Web, and iBooks and Kindle apps. It's just that amazing.
The iPad is about the screen. Now, don't get me wrong, it's fast. It's got new features like dictations and a much improved rear camera compared to the iPad 2, but it's about the gorgeous screen. I have the original iPad as well as the iPad 2 and there was hardly any major screen difference between the two. Now, the new iPad with its Retina Display simply blows them away with its crispness.
Now, as a mobile buff, I have to admit one thing. I love my original iPad and after some time with the new one, I'm giving it to my mom who is a great woman and I want her to have the best. Settling back on the iPad, I'm gonna miss the screen but, in terms of productivity, I'm going to miss the new features.
I'll get more into how the new iPad fits into our workflow for 2012 and beyond. It isn't just one feature in the new iPad that is a game changer. Rather, it's the well-designed combination of the improvements Apple made to the new iPad that will vastly improved the user experience.