Is the iPad 3 Worth Waiting For?Tuesday, January 31, 2012 By Lauren Gross
The “iPad,” like many of Apple’s products, has become iconic in present day American culture. The iPad was introduced to the world of technology on January 27, 2010. The product was an immediate sensation. The iPad 2 was unveiled on March 2, 2011. Currently, rumor has it that the much anticipated iPad 3 will be released in the summer of 2012. Is the iPad 3 worth the wait? “The first iPad was basically a glorified, enlarged version of the iTouch,” recalled Spotlight staff member, Bruce Backa. “It is completely unnecessary.” However, the iPad 2 gained more functions and made the iPad more of a novelty. Aside from a faster processor and being 33% thinner than its older sibling, the iPad 2 had a camera with Photo Booth and FaceTime capability. During the recent holiday season, tablets were very popular gifts, but many buyers began to wonder if they should wait to spend their money on the iPad 3. There is no telling what Apple might whip out with their next invention, which is sure to take the technology world by storm. Currently, we know that the iPad 3 will be 20% thinner and will have a higher resolution screen. It is also likely that the iPad 3 will come in various colors, have HD video recording, and have a stronger camera (allegedly better than the 8 megapixel camera on the iPhone 4s). There have been many conjectures towards new features that the iPad 3 may posses, but no one will truly know until Apple unveils this long-awaited product. As of now, the iPad 3 will not have many unique features of its own. The iPad 3 seems to be simply an enhanced version of the iPad 2. The faster processing system on the third generation iPad and the smaller sized battery (so the tablet can be thinner) will cause the iPad 3 to have a much higher manufacturing cost than its precedents. As a result, the iPad 3 may cost far more than its predecessors. Unless Apple ends up unveiling new features that make the iPad 3 unique, it does not seem practical to purchase it.