The Wall Street Journal has reported that Apple has started production of the iPad 2. Several improvements are in order: more memory and a more powerful graphics card, thinner and lighter than the first model, and at least one camera on the front for video conferencing.
As a current iPad owner, the only thing that excites me is the front camera. The existing memory, graphics card, and resolution are all more than sufficient for any game I want to play; in fact, I would label the graphics “pretty” depending on how ambitious the developer is.
The question is, “Am I going to buy the iPad 2 in a few months?” Every console gamer struggles with this same question every generation. Will the successor to the PS3 and Xbox 360 be worth their respective purchase prices?
For me, the answer is “no.” I don’t see the $500 (minimum) price tag adding enough utility for me to say otherwise. In addition, Apple has not decreased the price of the current iPad since its launch. That means I shouldn’t expect the iPad to be cheaper than its launch price any time soon.