The iPad 3 conundrum

When I first sat down to write this post, it was supposed to be a list of things I thought the iPad 3 was going to have. I was going through all the different things such as the name, size, processor, etc. But then I reached a couple of points and I was having a hard time deciding whether or not they will be in the iPad 3. Those two things are the Retina display and LTE. 

In the first version I had actually written that the iPad 3 won’t have a Retina display and that it won’t be possible for it to run it, particularly in 3D games, even with the updated quad-core processor and if it did the battery life would be shitty. But then I realized that if Apple puts in the display from the current iPad 2, what would be the point of the quad-core processor? Wouldn’t it be wasted running the same device with the same screen with all that power? And the iPad 2 is already pretty powerful so it’s not in any real need for any more power. So if Apple was putting in a more powerful processor there was bound to be a higher resolution display to make use of it. 

And I’m fairly certain there will be a more powerful processor. That’s one thing that Apple almost always updates. The only time I remember Apple didn’t upgrade the processor on its iOS device was with the iPhone 3G and the latest iPod touch. 

Also, if there are concerns of increased battery consumption then there are rumors that the iPad 3 will have a larger battery, indicated by its thicker shell. Not to mention the fact that the new A6 will be more efficient that the A5. So I go back on my previous, unpublished prediction that the iPad 3 won’t have a Retina display, even though I’m struggling with the idea of a mobile processor running a display of that resolution. 

But what about LTE? In my previous post I wrote that LTE will be present in the iPad 3 and it made sense given that all three of Apple’s carrier partners now have LTE networks. But will Apple be able to run a high resolution display, a processor powerful enough to run it and an LTE radio, even with the bigger battery? I don’t see how. 

LTE is an extremely power hungry feature. Smartphones with LTE struggle to last even half a day. Tablets are a bit better off, but those tablets don’t have a power hungry display and processor to leech off the battery. 

Apple already has a major feature on its hands. The Retina display alone will be able to sell the iPad 3. (Heck, they can probably run the iPad 2 for another year and still have people lining up for it.) On top of that they will also be adding Siri, higher resolution rear camera for 1080p video, higher resolution front camera for FaceTime HD. They don’t need LTE to further distinguish it from the iPad 2, which by the way, will also be sold along side as an 8GB model for $399 and $529 (3G). 

So that’s basically my prediction for the iPad 3. Faster processor, bigger battery, Retina display (still not completely sure about this), Siri, new cameras, no LTE and an identical design to the iPad 2, which will be sold at a lower price. Let’s see how much of that turns out to be true. 


Top Gear isn’t funny anymore

People watch Top Gear for two things, the cars and the humor. All automobile shows have cars in them. That’s expected of them. But Top Gear was the first to mix in a large dose of humor into the mixture, which is what makes the show so popular, even among those who usually aren’t much interested in cars. 

But the humor is fading, the gags are getting tired and the jokes aren’t funny any more. 

I personally am a huge car buff so I mainly watch the show for the road tests. The features are something I have always been less fond of but it was still something I could sit through. But in the latest episode, the feature where Clarkson and Hammond help a TV show film the stunt scenes, was cringeworthy. Throughout the whole thing I was just waiting for it to get over. Even the road test in that episode wasn’t particularly good, which is not surprising with Captain Slow at the wheel. The only redeeming aspect of the show was the Star In A Reasonable Price Car segment, with Ryan Reynolds as the guest, who was delightfully hilarious and somewhat made up for what the rest of the show lacked. 

But it’s not just this episode. The show has been going down in terms of the number of laughs per minute for quite a while now. Earlier I was a too much of a fan to see it but now it has become hard to ignore. The jokes aren’t funny and it is the same stuff that they have been doing for years. The scripted sequences are now far less believable than they used to be and even the studio banter lacks the old charm. The humor is now too forced and I’m surprised they haven’t added a laughter track, yet. 

I think it would be nice to bring the focus back to the cars, like in the first episode of the current season (18). Episodes like that are the reason why I watch the show because they show exotic cars driven to their limits on some terrific roads, something we don’t get to see often. That’s what I think Top Gear should be about. Not three old men talking about each other’s penis. 


Infinite Misanthropy: Hippies, I am sick of your bitching

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I spent weeks last year, and the year before that, being inundated by morons claiming that Apple’s products were assembled by legions of Chinese children. None of these mouthbreathers bothered to actually read Apple’s annual Supplier Responsibility Report; instead, they just parroted whatever…


One more 7-inch Android tablet

Samsung has launched yet another Galaxy Crap tablet, the Galaxy Crap 2. This one is similar to the Galaxy Crap 7.0 that was launched recently but has worse hardware and better software. It’s the first Galaxy Crap to come with Android 4.0. 

So why is Samsung launching so many crappy 7-inch Android tablets suddenly? The answer is simple. Samsung, like every other Android tablet manufacturer, is having a hard time selling its bigger tablets. The iPad is completely dominating that segment and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to go down any time soon. Even the upcoming Windows 8 for tablets will try and eventually fizzle out, just like its smartphone counterpart. I’m not being a fanboy here; just being realistic. iPad has an incredible momentum to it, which is going to be impossible to stop. But more importantly, the iPad has mindshare, which means people can only think of iPads when they think of tablets. People don’t know of any other tablet. They don’t want to and honestly, they don’t need to. The iPad with its excellent hardware, OS and collection of software and accessories, is as close to tablet nirvana as can be imagined. 

So what’s an Android manufacturer to do in such a situation? Sell cheap tablets, of course, like Amazon does. But for someone like Samsung, matching Amazon’s price will be impossible, because Samsung does not have an online store to make up for the losses like Amazon. In fact Amazon itself is not able to make up for its losses on the Kindle Fire through its store. So the only option Samsung has is sell stripped down tablets which are as cheap as possible. Not Kindle Fire cheap but cheaper than the iPad at least. 

Of course, this tactic isn’t going to last for long. It is speculated that when Apple launches the iPad 3 next month, they will continue to sell the iPad 2 at a lower price. Looking at what they have done with the iPhone for the past three years, it’s extremely likely that this will turn out to be true. If it does, Apple will not only put the final nail in the Android tablet’s coffin, but will also bury it in the ground and then pee on the grave. 

One thing is clear, though. If you are a tablet maker who is not Apple, your life sucks. Just like your products.