Originally Posted by astoessel
It should not be seen as an iPad 3... but probably more as a High-End iPad 2 targeting the high-end segment or the pro-segment where HD res might be appealing. For the moment, iPad offering is pretty basic on a marketing stand-point and Apple might start differentiating a bit the various segments the way they did with the iPod mini/nano/shuffle/touch...
In addition, it might provide some pretty good test bench for developers to start building higher res apps that could potentially become mainstream with an iPad 3 sometimes next year.
Thank you for stating this so reasonably. I, on the other hand, am not so reasonable.
I think Apple HAS to do this as soon as they possibly can, never mind the schedule or the competition, because they are driven by the aesthetic and technical challenges first, and they know that certain people, a lot of people, will want it when they see it. Desperately want it.
Not everybody. There are still many who can get along with the 3GS phone, but the susceptible ones cannot ever go back once they've seen the Retina screen.
A double-res iPad will be irresistible to anyone who cares about photography, video, film, art, image, etc., etc. If they can do it, they will not rest until they do do it. It's the whole thing that Apple has always been about.
Those who are so tired about hearing about this should maybe figure out this aesthetic imperative that drives Apple.