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New iPad: What Apple Left Out

Apple didn't overlook much in the new iPad, but Siri and a few other features are missing.

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The new iPad truly impresses. With its Retina Display, 5-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, A5X system-on-a-chip, voice dictations, and LTE 4G, there's little to complain about. Even so, not all the predictions nor analysis of what we'd see with the next-gen tablet from Apple were realized.

Here are a few things that Apple may have left out, but surely most iPad users can live without.

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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YMOM100
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3/10/2012 | 1:48:17 PM
re: New iPad: What Apple Left Out
Also comes with rather unimpressive cameras. 5 megapixels and 0.3 megapixels is what manufacturers put into kid's toys these days. Paying top dollar for some fancy Apple gizmo should include something better.
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3/8/2012 | 7:15:53 PM
re: New iPad: What Apple Left Out
Eric Zeman needs to learn how to use the word "nor" correctly.
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3/8/2012 | 5:44:40 PM
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I'm completely underwhelmed with "the new iPad". I was hoping for a design change on a par with the scope of design changes we saw between the iPad and iPad2, I was hoping for a borderless screen and I was hoping for the A6 processor.

A better quality screen on a device of that size isn't going to be enough for me to buy in.
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3/8/2012 | 3:58:09 PM
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How about a better camera in front, instead of the measly 0.3 megapixel 99 cent store camera it has now. 2 MP in front and 5 MP in back have been standard in tablets for over a year, yet Apple glosses over this limitation, calling it a "VGA resolution" camera, just like it still calls the camera on the iPad 2 "720p resolution" instead of the miserable 0.7 MP it really is.
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3/7/2012 | 11:52:45 PM
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i was disappointed that they did not offer 128G option.
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3/7/2012 | 10:07:32 PM
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I had read one pundit (I forget who) who was the only one saying that they wouldn't include a Retina display because they wouldn't be able to do it without sacrificing weight and size, especially if the processor also got an upgrade. Looks like he was partially right, but that they (correctly) chose the screen and graphics performance over a little weight.
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3/7/2012 | 9:11:04 PM
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For me the only disappointment is the size and weight of the new iPad. I was expecting more thinner and lighter product. As far as Siri and new iOS is concern, it is only a matter of time. Don't really care about Quadcore as long as it's fast, responsive and good with battery life. Over all I am pleased with the product. Good logical upgrade.
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