Originally Posted by 11thIndian
Your downplaying of what could potentially be a doubling of processor speed aside, when a device is almost entirely a screen, a double resolution display IS a big deal.
Are the only metrics you'd consider significant case design? Would you have preferred thinner and lighter with no internal improvements?
Regarding spec impressiveness, yes, it's a big update, but regarding user experience I think most people over the age of less than perfect eye sight will have trouble justifying a five hundred dollar price tag for minimal difference in functionality. Don't get me wrong, I've owned the first and the second iPad, and use my current iPad2 every day for browsing and reading, but I'm skipping this iteration.
For me, a "significant" upgrade expands functionality...and yes, that does include making it lighter. If the iPad3 felt like the old Kindle DX (won't happen for years) but had the exact same specs it does now, I'd upgrade in a heartbeat. That's significant. I never hold the iPad in one hand for longer than a few seconds. Second, I want whatever it takes to get sensory density (or whatever you call it) such that I can write handwritten notes on the fly and not have to write three times bigger for the hardware not to make a mess of it. As much as Apple hates a stylus, even after several decades of personal computing, post-it notes and notepads are still a staple of professional life. If I can write on a tablet or a phone and not feel that I have to text the info in or feel limited by the hardware, I'd upgrade simply for that. 3rd, I want a complete Pages or MS Word application...not some cheap version that can't handle my formatting. The iPad is useless to me as a productivity device (to me, personally, given what I do) because I run into formatting issues. When I can open a dropbox folder in MS Word or Pages and seemlessly continue working on what I had been on my desktop, I'll upgrade for that ability alone. Fourth: a keyboard with a profile similar to the magnetic smart cover. Without that, I might as well be using my macbook air.
Those four things would make me upgrade, individually, on their own merits. Until then, all I see are incremental spec bumps...better camera (which I don't need), faster processor..(for games I don't play), better resolution (I don't need but looks pretty), etc.
I'm not whining - I think technology takes time and our hopes and expectations are usually more fantastic than the speed of technology. I agree with you that in relative terms, the processor and screen are a big upgrade, but I think the person you were responding to had in mind things more similar to what I mentioned. Spec bumps don't add significant functionality...for MY use.
Nevertheless...excited to see it...