You may have seen my New iPad Announcement post yesterday, iPad 3/HD Announcement Day. The name ultimately ended up being simply New iPad. If you did see the post you noticed that most individuals pick the barebones 16GB Wifi only model. And I must say that until yesterday that is what I intended to upgrade to. However if you look at my upgrade model and how we use the iPad in its own family focused life-cycle the 16GB model no longer made much sense and here is why.
I use the latest model to read my RSS feeds, check email, watch streaming video, and more recently to watch iTunes U videos to improve my coding ability. I’ve also started to take more videos of things and have started to run into capacity issues on my current iPad 2. I then go through and delete things I’d prefer to keep and have a fairly lean media library on the iPad 2. Now fast forward to next week when the device is provided to the wife and daughter to enjoy. They enjoy the device in a similar fashion. But one of the key things that it is used for in addition to what I’ve noted is as a fantastic video player for road trips. And while I could have purchased an Airstash to get around this necessity I think that the multiple device scenario for our situation just doesn’t work yet.
But that wasn’t the only reason. If you noticed the New iPad has a new camera on one side. A 5MP 1080P capable device that will ingest video much better than the iPad 2’s ability. It also has the higher resolution screen so developers are going to push higher quality graphics. It also has the new A5X processor with new abilities to play higher end games. What this all means is that what fit on your last iPad with 16GB is NOT going to fit as well on the next generation moving forward as the quality, ability, and size significantly increases. So in another year when I give this New iPad to the wife and little ones these increases will be the reality. I’m also fairly sure that at that point the 16GB model will no longer exist and the barebones model will be the 32GB model. I believe this will also ensure a higher resale value when it comes time to sell off this iPad to continue my technology life-cycle plan.