Allure Confessions: Who Wants A New iPad?

The new iPad is here next week. It has sexy specs and cheaper pricing than ever before — but it also doesn't support Australia's current version of 4G and it has no name to call its own. Will the editors at Gizmodo, Kotaku and Lifehacker be buying or upgrading? Let's find out.

ANGUS KIDMAN, LIFEHACKER: For me, it's a pass. I'm impressed that Apple has kept the price dropping while improving the technical specifications. (Yes, that's what happens with all tech, but it's still something to celebrate.) My single biggest reason for resisting iDevices — having to use the satanic binary fart that is iTunes — is no longer a problem. But at the end of the day, I just don't need another tablet in my life, even at a sub-$500 price point. I haven't owned an iPad yet, and I don't see myself starting now.

Alex: you already own an iPad. Does this tempt you to upgrade?

ALEX KIDMAN, GIZMODO: Yeah, I’ve got to admit it does — but that’s also because there’s hankering from my better half for a pad upgrade, and I can justify it as work; she then gets my iPad 2. Keeping my lovely wife happy aside, I’m pleased but not that stunned by what Apple’s done with the new iPad, and I’ve already got enough of an investment in iOS apps to make it worthwhile.

Giz commenters, you may now start pasting your “Apple FANBOY!” snarks directly into the comment field if you like. Although you may want to read this first. Meanwhile, I'll ask Mark: are you going down the iPad (3rd generation) path?

MARK SERRELS, KOTAKU: Sup gents. Currently I am cast adrift in a tablet-less sea of trying to surf the web on my phone and getting mightily frustrated. This is my lot in life. I’m keen on the new iPad, but most likely it’s because I like ‘stuff’. The iPad is something I’ve always held off on for a number of reasons — it always seemed like the kind of device I’d get excited about for 10 minutes before picking up a laptop instead.

I think anyone with a pre-frontal lobe knew that Apple would put a retina style display in the iPad at one point, and I've always said I’d hold off on buying one until that was the case. Now it has one, I'm really considering jumping on board.

LIFEHACKER: I think the screen makes life worse. if the iPad is going to get loaded up with high-resolution photos, then it strikes me that more than 64GB of storage would have made sense. The lack of a 128GB model three generations in is somewhat perplexing. That's doubly true when you consider Apple's ambitions for iBooks to be used as textbooks; the oh-so-shiny files for that take up a ludicrous amount of room.

GIZMODO: The new screen is clearly the key selling point for Australian consumers, as it will be a while before we see 700Mhz LTE in any real form, by which time this particular model will be obsolete. Higher definition stuff is always welcome in my neck of the woods, although equally it’ll be fascinating to see what happens with the lower resolution stuff. I’m a big fan of the BBC iPlayer service, and how its compressed video comes through on that higher resolution screen will be fascinating to see. It’s also going to be a potential bonanza for app developers who want to produce “HD” versions of existing apps. Although, now that I think of it, the retina display versions of most apps are usually already suffixed as HD. What are they going to call iPad-3rd-Gen-only HD apps? HDHD?

The other obvious appeal point for that nice new screen will be in gaming, and again it’ll be fascinating to see how games scale. That brings the obvious gaming comparison into view, and for that I’ll pass over to you, Mark.

KOTAKU: Yes, I enjoy partaking in that new pernickity gaming thing. I’ll probably buy one for that alone.

But I still have other reservations: iTunes, ease of use, no drag and drop, blah blah blah. Obviously I’d play games on the thing, but I’d also want to watch video content, is that clumsy, annoying, expensive? These are my issues.

LIFEHACKER: A challenge for each of you. Alex, is there any application right now where the enhanced processor will make a blind bit of difference? Mark, is there a single game you can imagine is only possible with the new retina display?

GIZMODO: For what it’s worth, Apple’s claims of “4x” performance are indeed a bit meaningless without a common testing application, but previous processor jumps have paid off for most apps. As for specific apps, there’s any number, but the proof will be in seeing how they react. Load times have particularly jumped as Apple has upgraded the processors across its iOS ranges; I could see things like iPhoto (or Photoshop Touch, if you prefer things with an Adobe flavour) working more efficiently with a better processor. It does introduce yet another fragmentation flavour into the iPad mix, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a few more apps that leave the original iPad out in the cold from now on.

And Mark, as for video — leaving aside Apple’s own stuff — there’s apps such as Air Video, VLC, CineXPlayer — and that’s without getting into jailbreaking. Plenty of potential, in other words.

KOTAKU: Thanks Alex! As for the games situation, with regards to mega-res, it’s all about the ‘oh-my-god-wow-my-eyeballs-are-melting’ sensation. The kind of sensation I wanted from my PS Vita, but didn’t get.

It’s not about mechanics, or ground breaking methods of input; it’s about a visual, high end experience that is unmatched in handhelds or any other tablet. As a gaming device the iPad is quickly becoming a must-own device in my opinion. The vibe I’m getting from gamers is this iPad is the one to get.

LIFEHACKER: A vibe from the iPad? That will never be an Apple-approved feature! And it won't make me any more productive.

GIZMODO: That's enough bad jokes out of you, 'hacker. And enough out of us. Readers: are you planning to go for the new iPad? Explain your reasons in the comments. (Note: "just because" is not actually a reason, though it may be a popular choice.)


    I'll be upgrading my iPad 1 with one of these, but probably not for a few months.

    A VLC app?

    I have it, since I downloaded it before they pulled it off the app store. Can it be downloaded again now? It's a great app.

    (The developers pulled it, since they want it to be open software and the iOS version came with the obligatory Apple license so they got snippy and pulled it.)

      I think on the streaming and remote apps are only on the apple store at the moment. The only way to get it (if you don't already have it 'purchased') is to jailbreak it, download the app from a hosting site, and install it.

    Will purchase one eventually so I can get my iPad2 (that work paid for) back from my wife.

    I love how he said tech keeps getting better and cheaper, Not in Australia buddy. we will probably pay double the US price because when it comes to tech we are the worlds whipping boy.

      The Australian price for the iPad3 is equivalent to US Price+GST

    i'm not gonna bother this round. i regret buying the iPad 2 to replace my original. so, i can only imagine buying the next one that doesn't offer what I would call "significant" changes, another regrettable purchase. about time it got retina though.

    I'm just not interested... and given that iTunes is giving me all kinds of grief, I don't need to be more deeply invested in it.

      My experience with an iPhone really reinforces that iTunes ruins everything, so I'll give this a miss. Maybe I'll look at a Samsung or something.

        iTunes only ruins things if you are one of the incredibly small minority of people that knows what a 'codec' is :D for everyone else its great, just tap-buy-watch. Unfortunately I'm one of the former, but I run all my media through a little app that converts it and sticks it on the idevice for stuff I don't want to stream to it, slight hassle over just copy pasting it to the device but I stream to it 99% of the time anyway

          I do the same thing, it's not hard to run a video through a converter then drop it into iTunes

    I want to upgrade my iPad 2 but i dont have the money, unless i save my $$$ for a few months, even that is quite the challenge.

    Sort of want but if the iPad3 launch triggers a significant price drop for the iPad2, I'll just get one of those.

    The part of me that likes buying shiny new tech really wants one to play with.

    But the rational logical part of me (I hate that guy) says that I don't really need it and the money could be better spent elsewhere.

    Not interested - I find that the small number of things that make me want an iPad are far outweighed by its pricetag.

    Meh. I never use my iPad 2, so won't be upgrading - or ever buying another one, for that matter. I really wish I didn't waste my money on it.

    I've been waiting for retina display. I will probably get one. I've never owned a tablet so I think this will be my first one. Unless one of their competitors can come up with something better in the mean time.

      Exactly the same for me. I don't have a laptop, so a tablet makes sense. I have an Android phone, but while Apple has to me lost the lead in phones and especially in value for phones, tablets still don't seem much of a contest unless someone steps up soon with a true challenger.

    Nice toy but I don't think I'll get one. I tend to find experimental uses for a lot of my tech and Apple equipment is always lacking in connections that I want like SD cards, USB or HDMI unless I pay them half the price of the tablet over again for adapters.

    I'm always surprised when people hate iTunes. I've got a giant music collection, and there's nothing I've seen that comes close to matching it with iTunes. What are the music fans who hate iTunes using to manage and sync everything?

      I am with you on that one, I have never had a problem with iTunes, and it is much easier to organise/search etc then Winamp or Windows media Player (both of which I previously used)

        MediaMonkey is much better than iTunes. Having said that though, iTunes has come a long way from where it was a buggy, slow piece of rubbish. I'm almost at the point where it's going to be my primary music manager.

    I love iTunes - but my music collection is mainly FLAC so don't use it that much. Plus it's a major resource hog... If I play music while I have to work on my (admittedly meagrely specced) pc I use Winamp or MP classic.

    Doesn't support Australias 4G because Australia doesn't HAVE any 4G. Muppets.

    Dont like touch screen only so i wont be getting any tablet unless its something like the Asus transformer tablets with removable keyboard dock. I cant even stand having my phone with out a qwerty keyboard, why would i waste a 10 inch screen with an onscreen keyboard just to type (My wife has a tablet but after a few days i find a laptop fills my needs better then a tablet ever would). Impressive screen though will definitely force the other manufacturers to have screens of similar resolution or better.

    I'll stick to my Laptop & my Phone for my mobile needs.

    didn't even read the specs, dont even care. its got an apple logo = best on market = will buy on launch day on top=spec.

    yeah I will, even using my laptop at home annoys me now, If I need to do anything i remote in with splashtop.
    I enjoy it the same way I enjoyed my first iphone, more so in fact.
    I'm not going to do the whole ill wait a couple gens before upgrading thing, waited 2 years to upgrade my 3gs to a 4s, now Im just going to turn it over as soon as the new ones become available.

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