Apple's website updated with iPad 2 info.
Those of you interested in buying an iPad 2 will have your chance on March 11 at 5:00 PM. That's when the tablet market's new apogee will hit retail outlets. The Year of the Copycats may cause some drop in Apple's market share, but 15 million iPad sales tell me they don't have much to fear.
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Apple wasted no time in updating their website with "How to Buy" instructions. While the online store itself is still down, the site also notes that the iPad 2 will be available "at your favorite Apple retail store" from 5 p.m. on March 11. Apple will offer on-site personal setup and will have a complement of new accessories to upsell as well.
Like the new magnetic Smart Cover. It's a design dozens of imitating cover-manufacturers are sure to copy.
Listen to the commercial at the bottom of this page. Now tell me that little click-snap sound isn't going to be one of the iconic ad sounds of this decade.
Steve made a comment at the end of the iPad 2 event that really resonated with me. As transcribed here:
"A lot of folks in this tablet market are rushing in, looking at this as the next PC. hardware and software are done by different companies, talking about speeds just as they would with PCs. Every bone in our body says this is not the right approach."
One thing I noticed right away about the iPad 2 announcement- Steve never mentioned the clock speed of the A5 processor. He did note that it was twice as fast and had nine times the graphics processing power. But he didn't just stand up on stage and give us a spec dump. Because the hardware only matters in how it impacts the user's life.
Apple dedicated a huge chunk of their event to the new apps that will launch with the second iPad. They showed us Garage Band, an 8-track audio recording app that looked nearly as capable as its OS X analog. And Apple also bragged about their new 'Smart Instruments' app, which is going to utterly change the way people annoy me in the Student Union. The point is, the focus of this event was always on how the new iPad feels. On the cool things it allows you to do.
Traditional PC ads tend to leave a lot of the actual "advertising" up to your brain. They give you specs and benchmarks and a few airbrushed photos and your brain fills in the rest with the things it wants to DO on that hot new rig. But not everyone is comfortable enough around technology to inherently understand its creative applications based on a list of hardware specs.
In fact, most people can't.
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But everyone gets what 'twice as fast' means. We know how we can use Apple Keynote or Pages or Garage Band. The apps matter, and the hardware only matters inasmuch as it can drive and support the apps. That is what Apple gets. And that is why the iPad 2 is going to bury the competition for months to come.