There are many things the new iPad is:
- A lovely object
- A spec bump
- The future of home computing
- The best tablet on the market
And there are many things the iPad New is not. But we're going to skip right to the end of that list and hit you with the main point:
- It is not worthy of a press conference.
We've spent more than a week with this thing, and yes, the screen is lovely. That A5X processor is a tab-loading, game-rendering beast. Yes, the optional stupid fast LTE connection smokes even my leveled-up home cable connection. And yes: It is pretty. But if you've owned—or even played with—an iPad before, Cupertino's new hotness will leave you cold. It's an upgrade. It feels like an optional configuration rather than something, shall we say... resolutionary. And that, frankly, is a bummer.