Who needs an iPad 2, anyway?

<p>In keeping with my <a href="http://blog.themacinstructor.com/tag/whoneedsit">newfound habit</a>, I&rsquo;d like to respond to the recent Apple product release by asking the question Who needs an iPad 2, anyway? &nbsp;Perhaps you'll find some extra encouragement to take the plunge... or maybe not!</p>

Yesterday, Apple announced the next generation iPad, which will be available in stores March 11th.  The new iPad is 33% thinner, twice as fast, has FaceTime cameras, and the ability to do video output mirroring (more on that later!)  And amazingly, Apple is still able to maintain the $499 entry price for one of these beauties.

First, let’s talk about folks who already have an iPad.  Several iPad clad clients have already emailed me, asking if they should get the new one.  For those who always love to have latest, greatest tech, it will be hard to resist!  But for the more frugal among us, I invite you to pause and think about how you currently use your iPad.  If it’s as an e-reader, web browser, or email tool, you won’t be gaining anything significant by upgrading.  Keep in mind, the screen of iPad 2 is exactly the same as the iPad you currently have.  It’s not brighter, crisper, or less glare resistant.

For gamers, presenters, FaceTime fans, or people who use the iPad day in and day out, you might appreciate the added speed boosts.  In comparison to the first iPad, this one is a beast.  Presenters and teachers will be especially tempted to upgrade since the iPad can now connect to an HDTV and mirror what you see on the iPad’s screen.  (Before, the iPad would only output from apps that supported it.)  Now this functionality is system wide; so what you see, your audience sees as well.

For those of you who do not yet own an iPad, I encourage you to check out Apple’s promo page.  Perhaps the iPad could complement your workflow quite well.  It will most certainly be a fun, leisure addition to your home.  As usual, post your corrections, questions, and suggestions in the comments!

Rick Stawarz

Minneapolis, MN

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.