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Old 11-04-2012, 03:21 AM
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Trust iFixit to come out with the skinny on the new fondleslab....

When the new fourth-generation iPad made its debut at the iPad mini roll-out event late last month, it was a surprise to many – especially those who had recently opened their wallets for "the new iPad" released just this March.

Fret not, fanbois. The tools, parts, and repairs folks at iFixit have just torn apart Apple's latest fondleslab and found little to tempt you to reopen that billfold.

"If you're kicking yourself because you just bought an iPad 3," iFixit wrote in an email, "we've got some welcome news: not too much has changed in the iPad 4."
New iPad's innards: Good news for recent fondleslab buyers ? The Register
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:18 AM
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I think the iPads will hit a wall soon, where hardware will become exceedingly faster but the returning gain on practical usage will be minimal. Kind of like desktop computing today. The big avenue for potential expansion is through software capabilities.

Like Microsoft with its upcoming Surface Pro/Windows 8 tablets, Apple will need to find a way to truly squeeze its desktop MacOS into the iPad. Although Apple won't be seen as the mainstream "innovative leader" with this idea, they are letting Microsoft be the guinea pigs. It's Microsoft's sole responsibility right now to start marketing the heck out of being able to do ALL of your normal computing tasks in a tablet format (with no loss in productivity). I can see variations of the new Surface Pro being the new norm for portable, laptop-equivalent computing in 5 years.

Let's assume for a second that Microsoft fails with marketing the Surface Pro, Apple's marketing machine will still be wildly loved for when they combine iOS with the desktop MacOS, and have MacOS running on the iPad. After all, Microsoft (and PC manufacturers) have had tablets around for decades, but it never caught on fire until Apple came into view.

Similarly, Microsoft realizes touchscreens are here to stay. If they are smart, they will ALSO expand on voice capabilities. Apple has begun this with Siri, which has prompted Google to develop its own voice/logic software that will adapt to your habits, likes, dislikes and personality biases via "Google Now." Google hasn't marketed this well, but many tech gurus say Google's voice/logic software is currently better than Siri. If you don't believe me, watch this video below (courtesy of TheVerge). Don't be shocked that touchless computing is the mainstream norm in 5-7 years.

Google Now and the predictive future of search - YouTube
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