Two days ago, Apple announced that they will be launching the latest iteration of its full-sized tablet product, the iPad 4. The announcement itself came as quite a shock for many people because the launch of the iPad 4 is not in accordance with Apple's usual product cycle which is 12 to 18 months. Prior to the announcement, there had been a great deal of rumors that a new, tweaked iPad is going to be announced during last Tuesday's special media event, but it is indeed quite a surprise that Apple launched the 4th generation iPad instead. The fact that Apple broke the release cycle for the iPad by merely 7 months will surely not sit well with some people, especially those who bought the iPad 3 last March.
According to a new report, a survey was conducted and the result is that about 45% of iPad owners are quite displeased with the launch timing of Apple's newest 4th-gen iPad. The survey was conducted by Toluna QuickSurveys and with a sample size of about 2,000 consumers in the United States. Nearly half of the respondents are quite upset that the Cupertino company launched the next-generation tablet which effectively renders the iPad 3 obsolete. As mentioned earlier, the iPad 3 was launched back in March and was dubbed as "The New iPad" and have some notable improvements over the 2nd-gen tablet such as having Retina Display, faster processor and LTE capabilities.
So why people are upset that Apple is releasing the iPad 4 much earlier than the company's usual product cycle? Most people would probably do away with the integration of the new Lightning Dock connector, but most likely the critical blow is the fact that the iPad 4 is twice as fast as the iPad 3. This is all due to the inclusion of the Dual-core A6X chip with quad-core graphics, in contrast to the iPad 3's A5X chip. Just for the record, if you have bought your iPad 3 within the last 30 days, Apple will happily replace it with an iPad 4.
According to the survey, about 50% of iPad 3 owners were dismayed that the fourth-gen iPad has hit the stores so soon, followed by 45% iPad 2 owners, and about 40% first-generation iPad owners. In addition to that, one in four survey takers feel that Apple has been slipping when they decide to remove Google Maps and replace it with their own in-house mapping solution. However, the survey also reveals that consumers are also willing to shell-out for the 7.9-inch iPad mini. About 15% say that they are quite sure to buy the smaller tablet, 32% are "probably" going to buy it, while 21% said that the iPad mini would make a great holiday gift.
The survey also reveals that around 71% of iPad owners are “definitely” or “probably” going to buy a smaller-sized iPad mini. 26% of the respondents are quoted to be really impressed with the portability of the device, followed by its speed and performance (23%), and longer battery life (22%).
So what do you think of Apple's decision to break the product cycle of the iPad by releasing the iPad 4? Do you feel that it was a not-so-cool decision? Or are you happy with the iPad 4 launch and will be grabbing one sooner or later?Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback