New iPad: What Apple Left Out
Apple didn't overlook much in the new iPad, but Siri and a few other features are missing.
Here are a few things that Apple may have left out, but surely most iPad users can live without.
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Siri: The new iPad has a voice dictation feature that allows users to circumvent the software keyboard. Instead of typing, iPad users can speak text to the iPad that is then translated and stuck in the text field. This functionality falls short of the iPhone 4S's chief feature, Siri, the virtual voice assistant that can not only transcribe voice-to-text, but can handle all sorts of tasks. No Siri on the new iPad.
Quad-Core Processor: Many believed that the new iPad would have a quad-core A6 processor. Instead, it has a dual-core A5X processor with a quad-core graphics processing unit. While the main application processor may have just two cores, Apple explained it's the quad-core GPU that is really needed to make the new iPad's Retina Display work well.
No New iOS: Apple announced that it will distribute iOS 5.1 starting Wednesday. iOS 5.1 adds support for iTunes Match (movies), Siri in Japanese, the latest version of iTunes itself, and that's about it. Apple did not preview or announce a significant new version of iOS, nor any real new capabilities within the platform.
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Haptic Vibration: On Wednesday, there was a report that the new iPad would include a new kind of micro-vibration feedback mechanism. The belief is that it could offer a new way to experience apps on the iPad. Apple didn't announce anything of the kind. There's no new haptic feedback feature.
Thinner, Lighter: The new iPad is not thinner nor lighter than the iPad 2. Instead, it's slightly heavier and slightly thicker. Considering the incredible new display, improved camera, improved processor, and new 4G capabilities, I don't think anyone is going to mind about the additional 0.11 pounds overmuch.
iPad Mini: Apple didn't announce a smaller version of the iPad. Personally, I didn't expect it to. So far, reports indicate that a smaller version of the iPad will launch in the third quarter of the year. If that's correct, Apple won't announce it until closer to the launch date.
Wait, what's it called? The most puzzling missing feature from the new iPad? A name. It's not the iPad 2S, the iPad 3, nor the iPad HD. During the entire keynote, Apple only referred to it as "the new iPad." According to Apple.com, that's the name.
So, yeah, this is nitpicking at its most extreme. In all other respects, Apple got nearly every feature right with the new iPad.
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