Why Should The iPad Be So Different From Its iPod Cousin? iPad2 Is Here

HedgeFundLIVE.com — While watching the live Engadget’s live blog of Apple’s iPad2 unveil event I could not help but snicker at the following caption: “Steve is back ‘it weighs 1.3 pounds'”.  For a minute it seemed that the blogger was commenting on Steve’s wiry post-chemo frame, but I’m pretty sure he was referring to the new iPad’s weight.  But that’s enough of that – I’m happy to see Steve back and strong enough to present.  Let’s hope he’s around at least until his brain can be attached to a robot that will live forever.

There has been a lot of chatter on the Hedge Fund LIVE desk about the iPad2 not being that big of a deal.  And I am not here to argue whether or not that is true.  I was very impressed by the Apple presentation, and, as usual, I want the iPad2, but I’m probably not going to buy it.  I usually wait for the price to come down a little bit and by that time the next iteration of the device is out and the cycle starts all over again.  What I would argue though, is that the iPad family of products will not be that different from the iPod family.  Back when I was in college I remember the release of the original iPod, the one without the clickwheel, without the colour screen, and certainly without a touchscreen.  A 10GB iPod was somewhere in the neighbourhood of $300 and I was like “F that”.  So I went and got myself a Rio mp3 player.  It had all the memory and all the features of the iPod and was a third the price.  The Rio was good, but by the time the third iPod came out Rio had still not innovated and I made the switch. 

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