Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New 128GB iPad

Apple Aims New 128 GB iPad at Professional Users, article.
Apple has announced a 128 GB version of the fourth-generation iPad. The new model will cost $799 for the Wi-Fi model and $929 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model

I had hoped for a 128GB model for my iTunes video content, but I had hoped it wouldn't cost more, or at least significantly more. I think Apple should follow Amazon's more reasonable storage upgrade pricing. A hunnert bucks between each model is a bit stiff. 

... That said, if iPad 5 (whenever it comes) looks interesting, I'll probably "bite the green apple" as us Danes say, and get the 128GB model anyway. After all I paid for .mac membership for a decade, each year hoping they would introduce something useful for me.

New term: a "green Apple": an Apple product which tastes bitter for some reason but which you have to have anyway.

(At least Apple is not so bad as the newest Microsoft scandal: the 128GB Surface model has 45 gigabyte missing to pre-installed software/crapware bloat! Ouch.)

TidBITS is also running a mini-campaign to hold Apple responsible for their often-lackadaisical support, especially for professional users.
But my real question is if Apple is going to give professional iPad users the kind of respect they deserve in terms of software updates, documentation, release notes, and tech support. Yes, people everywhere have started using the iPad for business purposes, but as we ran into recently (“Pages 4.3 vs. BBEdit 10.5: How Apple Doesn’t Respect Its Users,” 26 January 2013), just because you can get your work done on an iPad now, Charlie Brown, doesn’t mean that Apple isn’t going to pull the football away from you in the future.

I can get behind that. If Apple seriously believes (and they say they do) that tablets will replace most PCs, and that tablets can be used for serious professional use, then they have to take professional users seriously in all areas, and they generally are not, not even in desktop computing, just see how the last two versions of Mac OSX have added features which makes it look more and more like an iPhone interface, but have added virtually no new features to attract the professional crowd which have been their core supporters since the eighties.

They also have not made serious upgrades to the Mac Pro (the tower model) for years. They promise a brand new model this year, and I'm nervously watching to see if they do it really for pro users, or the best feature will be that this new "pro model" will fit in a bread box and come in five colors, and be glued together like the new 24-inch iPad to make it nigh impossible to change or upgrade.

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