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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 03/ 3/2011

iPad 2 launch also set off gadget buybacks, buyer's remorse

By Hayley Tsukayama

Update, 10:50 a.m.: Electricpig.co.uk reported that Apple's UK sales team assured them that Apple will refund the price difference on the original iPad to anyone who bought the device in the past two weeks, provided they have a receipt. 9 to 5 Mac says sources have confirmed that the company will do the same in the U.S.

Original post:
Some got them as gifts. Some told themselves they wouldn't care. But when Apple unveiled its new model of the iPad on Wednesday, some owners of the original iPad felt a twinge. In fact, Computerworld reported that the Boston-based company Gazelle, which specializes in buying older gadgets, was hit with a wave of first-generation iPads.

@htsuka my sister just bought one 7 days ago & is not pleased at all. And it is a 3G model w/ 2 year contract. #caveatemptorWed Mar 02 23:33:43 via Twitter for iPhone

When Faster Forward sent out a tweet asking for original iPad owners who couldn't help but feel a little cheated, responses indicated there were plenty feeling buyer's remorse.

"This one is thinner! It's lighter! It has a camera!" Anna John, of DC's Columbia Heights neighborhood, told Faster Forward. John received an iPad as a surprise Orthodox Christmas gift from her boyfriend on Jan. 7, after the two visited the Apple store for fun. "It's so bizarre to go from having a powerful new toy this morning to having an irrelevant, outdated paperweight by this afternoon." John said she knew the new version was coming out and is still grateful for the generous gift, though she hasn't decided if she'll return it for a new one.

But many of those who responded got the iPad as a Christmas gift and didn't anticipate a new model coming so quickly after the holidays.

@htsuka I do feel cheated. I just bought an iPad for my husband for Christmas. Hadn't heard any buzz about a new version.Wed Mar 02 22:05:50 via Twitter for iPhone

@washingtonpost @htsuka Does Xmas count? I am pissed my wife bought it...no USB, no camera. I wish she had waited (I feel same about iphn3Wed Mar 02 21:28:12 via web

Kathryn Quigley bought herself an iPad in January. "I figured they were working on an iPad2 but when I bought mine in early Jan., they had not yet started talking about the March Apple meeting," she said in an e-mail. For her, the real annoyance is the fact that the new iPad is the same price as the one she bought. "Perhaps I will email Steve Jobs and ask for $100. I hear he reads his own email," she joked.

Mark Sandlin, tweeting out of Greensboro, N.C., had a particularly sad tale to tell:

@htsuka I feel cheated for my 11 yo son. Who saved up his own money and bought an iPad yesterday. I bought mine week 1, don't feel cheated.Wed Mar 02 23:55:30 via web

It's easy to forget that not everyone is plugged in to tech news as DC-area designer Brent Almond pointed out:

Don't know if I feel cheated since I got the iPad in Jan, but I imagine there are a lot of non-geeks who do. @htsukaWed Mar 02 21:31:57 via web

Still, many of those who responded to our question had no sympathy for those with buyer's remorse.

@washingtonpost @htsuka @htsuka if you did just buy a first generation you shouldnt feel cheated. You were the fool that couldn't wait!Wed Mar 02 21:25:18 via Twitter for iPhone

@htsuka cheated? Anyone who feels cheated should have done their market research on this issue and not bought right before a major rev.Wed Mar 02 21:34:49 via TweetDeck

Christopher Parr of Madison, Wisc. wrote in to say, "That's the tax of being an Apple Fanboy. You have bragging rights by being the first with the latest Apple gear. The oohs and aahs are worth the exclusivity. Getting it first, that's the price you pay."

Parr also got a first-generation iPhone and admitted that he only felt cheated by Apple dropping the price $200 in the first few months. "After a year, sure, but dropping the price of iPhone by $200 two months after it went on sale, that was too much."

Others said they're waiting for the iPad 3, which some insiders have guessed is coming out this fall.

@htsuka Nope that's why I waited! Now I just have to decide whether or not to wait for the 3rd in Nov.Wed Mar 02 21:30:56 via TweetDeck

But with Steve Jobs declaring 2011 the "Year of the iPad 2," will Apple really release the iPad 3 this year? Only time will tell.

Did you get an iPad in the last few months? Do you regret that decision now? Vent in the comments.

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By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 3, 2011; 10:50 AM ET
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Fanboys = suckers

Posted by: FloridaChick | March 3, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

If you did just buy an ipad (as my mom did, yesterday), couldn't you just return the thing? Her's is still new and in the box, but my understanding of return policies is that she could use it until the ipad2 is available on the 11th and still return it for an even exchange. I said she should call Target to confirm that.

Posted by: ippolit | March 3, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Why all the whining in AppleLand? I never buy the first edition of any device (yes, I even held out for the Verizon iPhone) because teh bugs need to be worked out and I pay no premium to be first or to keep up with the Joneses. Wow!

Posted by: meldupree | March 3, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I think consumers of technology need to understand that if a product is in the stores, it is probably already obsolete. That has always been especially true of Apple products. Their production runs have gotten shorter and shorter since their first MacPlus(notwithstanding the current MacPro line, which needs a re-freshen) and their continuous improvement of OSX. This is one area of commerce where the pace of change is breathtaking. Like most businesses, the accountants are still in charge. But in technology the geeks, nerds and techies mow down every business plan and begin new ones, often before the current one has even escaped the marketing department. And that's a good thing, although unnerving to consumers, who have to play a game of chicken every time they go to the store.

Posted by: stvcar | March 3, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I bought a Macbook Pro in January, and then the new ones came out for the same price a week or so ago, faster, better, etc. I called Apple about a trade-in and they said they permit it for items bought up to 30 days before the new version came out. And even though I was just outside that window, he put me on hold for 10 minutes and then came back with a return authorization for a full refund.

I assume this policy applies for iPads as well; so those who bought in the last 30 days should give it a try.

Posted by: mark923 | March 3, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I hate to swim against the current here, but as an iPad owner (I bought mine in Nov), I don;t feel the least bit cheated. Maybe a tiny bit when it comes to processing speed, but that's about it.

I honestly don't give a damn about the camera. The difference is weight is all of two ounces -- big deal.

I love my iPad 1 as much today as I did yesterday.

Posted by: njacobs | March 3, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Bought mine last June, use it every day, no regrets. (And I won't rush to buy version 2, or even 3 -- I'm still happy with my first-generation Touch. Though it will eventually give way to a Verizon iPhone.)

My stepdad and I bought my mom one for Christmas (which she also loves and uses every day -- and, unlike me, she is not generally an Apple fan). But we knew that an iPad 2 was likely on the way, and considered that carefully before deciding to buy. (We knew that the most likely upgrade would be front and back cameras, which she wouldn't care about anyway.)

Seriously, who couldn't have seen this coming? Even if you don't know about MacRumors.com, just try Google. If someone doesn't do basic research before making a major purchase, I can't feel very sorry for them when they make a mistake. That doesn't just go for Apple -- I don't buy any electronics or appliances without making the rounds of Cnet.com, Consumer Reports, Amazon user reviews, MacRumors, or other sources relevant to each item. Plus, of course, Faster Forward and Rob's live chats.

Posted by: Janine1 | March 3, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Pfft. If you learn a valuable life lesson for the measly price of a $500-$800 toy that you were firmly convinced was worth it, count that as a blessing.

Posted by: random-adam | March 3, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Folks, as of Christmas, there were PLENTY of articles about the upcoming iPad2.

Posted by: fmjk | March 3, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

If you didn't hear buzz about the iPad 2 before yesterday you must not read the news. They have been talking about it since day one of the original iPad. Here is a piece of information...every single Apple mobile device will be updated each year. Don't be surprised. Did you honestly think they would make the iPad and then not make another one ever again? It's 2011. Technology moves fast. Leaving a camera off the first iPad was a HUGE giveaway that you would see another one very quickly. Slap on a camera...boom. iPad 2 with very little work. It's annoying to hear people crying about their iPad when CNN, Yahoo, CNET, WSJ, and many others have been pushing out iPad 2 articles for three months. Time to upgrade or be content.

Posted by: page1mr | March 3, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

If you didn't hear buzz about the iPad 2 before yesterday you must not read the news. They have been talking about it since day one of the original iPad. Here is a piece of information...every single Apple mobile device will be updated each year. Don't be surprised. Did you honestly think they would make the iPad and then not make another one ever again? It's 2011. Technology moves fast. Leaving a camera off the first iPad was a HUGE giveaway that you would see another one very quickly. Slap on a camera...boom. iPad 2 with very little work. It's annoying to hear people crying about their iPad when CNN, Yahoo, CNET, WSJ, and many others have been pushing out iPad 2 articles for three months. Time to upgrade or be content.

Posted by: page1mr | March 3, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Be sure to regularly change your ipad, because you don't want to get embarassing stains on your underwear...

Posted by: ozpunk | March 3, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't care if it is the new iPad or the original one, it is still a wonderful piece of technology that few could only dream of just a few short years ago. Technology moves so fast anymore that trying to keep up with "the latest" is just a fool's mission, and besides, it sounds so spoiled. Most of these machines, and that is exactly what they are, have features galore that are rarely employed anyway, and all of this talk about heavy, lighter, whatever? The things are miniscule in size to begin with. The instant communication that we all seem to think we need is about 99% blather anyway. Don't like your old iPad. Then give it away to an inner-city school or some relief organization that operates in Africa. They'll appreciate it, even if you don't.

Posted by: rtinindiana | March 3, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I got an iPad as a gift for Christmas and considered exchanging it, but it was engraved so it was a moot point.

I don't know how much the upgrades would really make a difference for me, wouldn't use the cameras much and the weight difference isn't substantial.

I just need to embrace what I do have rather than what I don't. I still love my iPad.

Posted by: Sullivan97 | March 3, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse


iPads in general are a sucker bet. The Android pad computing market is the way to go at much lower prices and better future expansion.

The fan-boy mentality is especially hilarious since they think they are the hip ones whereas in reality they are locked into a proprietary platform based on overpriced hardware.

Posted by: screwjob26 | March 3, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I hate to swim against the current here, but as an iPad owner (I bought mine in Nov), I don;t feel the least bit cheated. Maybe a tiny bit when it comes to processing speed, but that's about it.

I honestly don't give a damn about the camera. The difference is weight is all of two ounces -- big deal.

I love my iPad 1 as much today as I did yesterday.

Posted by: njacobs
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ditto -- Love my iPad... But may upgrade in a year if the 3 comes out. The USB is something I'd definitely use.

Posted by: DCLocal20 | March 3, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

It does get tiresome being accused of liking certain electronics because we think they're "hip." I don't think I'm impressing anyone when I carry my iPod Touch inside my jacket, with a pair of Sony noise-cancelling headphones that don't give it away. Or when I'm using my iPad in the privacy of my living room. And, as I mentioned before, my 60-something mother is neither an Apple fan nor "hip," but just try prying that iPad out of her hands.

Apple hatred is at least as much a waste of time as Apple love. I have a friend who always mocked me for buying Apple, and used to brag about how her Zune was so much better than an iPod. But she sure is happy with the 4th-generation Touch that she eventually bought (and now she teases me about my 1st-gen).

Posted by: Janine1 | March 3, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"cheated? Anyone who feels cheated should have done their market research on this issue and not bought right before a major rev."

This. Seriously, Apple's mobile release schedule is certainly no secret by now, which only follows the natural progression of technology. If you're complaining about this you clearly don't understand that tech is obsolete from the minute it's released. Stop complaining and buy if you need to, wait if you don't.

Posted by: -01- | March 3, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

IDIOTS! This has been in the news for months. No sympathy from me.

Posted by: dem4life1 | March 3, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Early adaptors get "bragging rights" and get to "show boat" to friends, but inevitably they have purchased an inferior product. So, in a sense, what else is new re their buyer's remorse?

Posted by: LawyerTom1 | March 3, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I believe the Apple UK's announcement is just a repetition of Apple's standing policy: If for any reason you don't like a hardware product you bought from them, you can return it within 14 days for a full refund: http://store.apple.com/us/help/returns_refund .

Posted by: jbgurman1 | March 3, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

This situation is no different from any tech product that gets upgraded. There's nothing special about Apple in this regard, except perhaps that its customers feel a more personal attachment to their purchases.

Posted by: Revo1 | March 3, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Please.... all one has to do is a simple internet search on iPad 2 starting in December... and you would begin to see the growing news & rumor mill pointing to a spring release of an updated model with cameras and an improved engine.

Also that is why I did not jump on board with the first version... I knew something better would come out with in a year. Look at the iPhone and iPods. Almost every year like clockwork a new model comes out. Next year there will be an even better offering for iPad 3. Just be happy with what you have and if you have the cash, get another one.

Posted by: alutz08 | March 3, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Get used to apple! I bought the first generation MacBookPro for Christmas 2007. It was mfg in October 2007, and considered outdated November 2007.

Posted by: phoenixtanner2 | March 3, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Bought ours for Christmas, but don't really care. We've had it to play with the last couple of months and love it! I'm sure v2 is better, but v3 will be better still. Life is too short to worry about stuff like this.

Posted by: taxgirl | March 3, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Just noticed something strange about the first tweet quoted above -- the 3G iPad doesn't even come with a 2-year contract. Unlike the iPhone, you pay for the iPad data plan month-to-month, and cancel it whenever you want. In the 9 months I've had mine, I've probably had 3G service 4 or 5 months total (I sign up when I'm planning to go somewhere and might be off wifi, then cancel before it would auto-renew for the next month). Either the tweeter or her sister must be confused.

Posted by: Janine1 | March 3, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Hi, I'm Steve Jobs. I introduce inferior products- even though my company is capable of making a fully functional product that will not need to be changed for 3 to 4 years. I then make subtle changes to this inferior orginal model and call it the next model. I do this every year. I screw my customers over by lowering the price of the previous years model even if they bought it a month ago. I like to introduce my products a week before release date so i can sell my older model products at their original, inflated prices for as long as i can. You guys are my cash cows and you never fail to buy my newer models every year like blind sheep. I am smarter than you and i'm CEO of Apple, biotch!

Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | March 3, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

You Apple zombies are morons, particularly the ones who bought the iPad recently.

Anyone who has taken even a slight perusal of the internets in the past 6 months would know that Apple was going to release a new one. Also, these people are completely ignorant about Apple history. Look what they did with the first iPhone and then months later with the 3G and 3GS. Look at how they cut $200 WITHIN TWO MONTHS of releasing the 3G and the hue and cry that ensued.

PT Barnum was right. Suckers.

Posted by: playahatah | March 3, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

To the little boy who bought his on Tuesday. Return it within the 14 day return period (detailed on your receipt). Get your cash back. Buy the new one on March 11. Hint: adults can do this too.

Posted by: sscritic | March 3, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Now, now, meanies. Apple users by definition are people who do not bother to really research their technology purchases.

Posted by: Wallenstein | March 3, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I got mine in April when it first hit so I don't feel cheated, and a lot of the current changes aren't important to me so I'll probably keep this version until 3 comes out. Those who feel cheated should due more due diligence in the future rumors were going around for months the next gen would have a camera and Apple always goes thinner. So really people should have waited if it was so important. Also try a little research next time. There have been tons of articles on how iPad 2 was coming in the Spring, all you needed to do was type in Google iPad 2. And as a PSA you should know another tweak to the iPhone is coming this Summer so yeah hold off.

Posted by: lucl74 | March 3, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Bought my iPad week 2. Does everything I need for now, just like my still running 1st Gen Intel CPU'd MacBook Pro (which I bought used 18 months old and is now 58 months old. Apple stuff just doesn't fail, wear out, or get abominably slow (perhaps my iPhone 3 excepted) in as short a period as non-Apple gear. Til my MacBook Pro dies, I don't have any compelling need to replace it (it's still faster than many current Win 7 PCs for many uses).

As to Android gear being cheaper, not much chance. The tablets just coming out is priced the same or higher. Android phones are only cheaper due to manufacturers competing with essentially the same product, phone companies offering deep discounts, and guess what - late or non-existent OS upgrades (just like when I had a Windows based Smartphone) from the phone vendors. You get what you pay for.

Posted by: WalterGr | March 3, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Old saying: "The pioneers get the arrows. The settlers get the land."

Posted by: Wilbur3 | March 3, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Waaaahh. I want a new toy.

What a bunch of whiney wankers.

Posted by: sage5 | March 3, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

""It's so bizarre to go from having a powerful new toy this morning to having an irrelevant, outdated paperweight by this afternoon.""

what a bunch of whiny biyatches

This is what life in the USA has come down to. Your model is the PREVIOUS model so now it's "irrelevant, out of date & a paperweight"?

It is no wonder that the USA is weak and slipping towards 3rd world status. Buy a freaking webcam and clip it to the top of your iPad, for chrissakes.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | March 3, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I hate to swim against the current here, but as an iPad owner (I bought mine in Nov), I don;t feel the least bit cheated. Maybe a tiny bit when it comes to processing speed, but that's about it.

I honestly don't give a damn about the camera. The difference is weight is all of two ounces -- big deal.

I love my iPad 1 as much today as I did yesterday.


Similar situation. And I concur. No regrets.

Posted by: tsamm | March 3, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

It is very amusing to hear all these reassurances that folks still love their iPads. Where is the 4G connection? The new pad is already obsolete.

Posted by: fzdybel | March 3, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I got an iPad1 last December and don't feel cheated at all. I don't think the iPad2 is all that much different than iPad1. So it has a camera, who cares. Faster processor, who cares. Updgraded OS, who cares. The average user won't notice much of a difference. Manufacturers play off the I got to have the newest toy mentality to keep the revenue stream flowing, and suckers fall for it hook line and sinker. If I wanted to upgrade, I'd get the Motorola Xoom.

Posted by: davidwg46 | March 3, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

how's not playing flash video treating you all?

Posted by: joeblow111 | March 3, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse


"Mine's better, because it's newer."

- Apple fanboy as another $800 flees his wallet

Posted by: screwjob26 | March 3, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The 3rd generation tablet is around the corner. It will come with USB ports and will allow you to upload programs. In sum, it will be a very light laptop computer, and the price will be...well, perhaps a couppla bucks more.
Do you feel cheated now? Wait 'til you se the 3rd generation.

Posted by: analyst72 | March 3, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I just purchased my iPad in November. I don't feel cheated at all. It is what I paid for and it works great. As soon as you purchase any type of technology, it is already out of date. Progress never stops and knowing that I am satisfied with what I have. SMH.

Posted by: chesed92 | March 3, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I just purchased my iPad in November. I don't feel cheated at all. It is what I paid for and it works great. As soon as you purchase any type of technology, it is already out of date. Progress never stops and knowing that I am satisfied with what I have. SMH.

Posted by: chesed92 | March 3, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Let me also add this in regards to the many comments accussing all of us iPad folks with being in the Cult of Apple. If anythging bothers me about the release of iPad 2, this is it.

You know why I own an iPad, iPod, and an Apple desktop? Because they make an excellent product. That's it.

I can only speak for myself, but I feel like I get good value for the money I spent, getting a good product that runs well, good customer support, etc.

I DON'T feel a need to have the latest and greatest gadgets. I got an IPod because I love the idea of being able to carry my entire 1000+ CD collection with me everywhere I go. I got the desktop because I work in video and do editing, and the Apple and Final Cut Pro clearly outperform everything else out there. And the iPad? Just an amazingly cool and useful device where I can read, surf the Net, watch movies, write a novel (if I want) and do other stuff.

Posted by: njacobs | March 3, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I had a friend who paid $1800 for an Apple computer and then wanted to borrow money from me to pay his income taxes. I said no way and he hasn't spoken from me since. Typical fan boy Apple snob. I've got no use for them.

Posted by: brewstercounty | March 3, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Ya pays yer money, and ya takes yer chance!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 3, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh for the love of cheese. It is March. Should Apple just never release any product at any time, now that flipping MARCH is too "quickly after the holidays" for some people? And even if they released it on January 8th instead of March 11th, so what. It's not like tech companies never release updated versions of things, and it's not like people haven't gone through this with Apple before.

Posted by: dkp01 | March 3, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

What is Apple supposed to do? Stop innovating?

EXACTLY the same thing happened with the iPhone, right?

People understand (or should) - you can buy early, or wait a short time for an improved version to come out. It has ALWAYS been this way with tech. You have the same equipment you claimed you loved last week.

Smart buyers wait to see how things shake out. Can't wait? There's a price to be paid. That's always how its been in the tech world. I was given my first iPod a month before the nextGen (with color) came out.

Didn't care one bit.

Posted by: alecrogers1 | March 3, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I am sagely waiting for them to issue the very last one -- the one that surpasses all others -- then I am going to buy that one. Or maybe not.

Posted by: tommyboyzillion | March 3, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I bought my iPad in early Sept. It was the first Apple product I've wanted to buy. I always try to wait for the next generation of any electronics to let the bugs get worked out as some others have mentioned. However, I needed it for a particular trip with very tight space/weight restrictions and wanted to take several books so I couldn't wait any longer. I agree with folks that anyone buying it from day 1 who didn't think there would be an iPad2 within a year has been living under a log. If the weight had been cut in half, I'd be sad, but for 2 ounces ... please. Remembering when it took 10 minutes to download 1 picture, I'm not in such a hurry I need something faster that badly. I haven't used any of the cameras on any of my computers or [minimalist] phone and I'll be darned if I understand why someone would want a white thing to either wash daily or watch turning filthy. No remorse here.

Posted by: nle11 | March 3, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"I had a friend who paid $1800 for an Apple computer and then wanted to borrow money from me to pay his income taxes. I said no way and he hasn't spoken from me since. Typical fan boy Apple snob. I've got no use for them."

Typical in what way? I've never borrowed money from anyone to buy any Apple product (or any other electronics, for that matter). [Nor spent all my money and had to borrow from anyone to make some other payment.] Sounds to me like your "friend" is just a garden-variety jackhole -- nothing to do with Apple.

Posted by: Janine1 | March 3, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Apple announced last summer that the next versions would likely come out this February. It wasn't a big secret. In fact, I have been waiting on this version to come out as I don't like buying first version electronics, so I've been following the release date carefully. Can't wait until March 11th. Hard to feel sorry for these whiners.

Posted by: ch4gas | March 3, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

This is Apple's scam. They develop new technology so quickly, and as soon as the newer version of the ipod/phone/pad/mac/car/house/whatever comes out they immediately discontinue production of the older version so that they can continue to charge outrageous prices.

That's why you still pay $250-300 for decent iPod, which was the same price when the first generation ones came out. The sad thing is Apple's gimmick works, because I know many many people who will always go to the nearest mac store and buy the newest version of everything as soon as it comes out, even if they just got the "old" one.

Posted by: Kyoryu | March 3, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, some websites are saying the iPad 3 will be released later this year. So, do you wait to buy until then? Some of those same sites are calling the iPad 2 an incremental step up from the original iPad but that the iPad 3 will be a more significant step up in technology. They may be correct, or they may be completely off base.

Predicting technology is like predicting weather, it's not hard to know the overall trend, but I wouldn't put much faith in a prediction of rain for October 22, 2011 or what the features of an iPad 3 will be and when it will be released.

Posted by: mpaster | March 3, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Going from no iPad to iPad 1 was a great leap. iPad 1 to iPad 2 much less so. I love my iPad 1 as much today as I did yesterday.

Posted by: washpest | March 3, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Apple is not scamming or cheating anyone. They know their customers and they take full advantage of you. The way I see it, for every one whiner out there my stock goes up 2 cents. And today apple was up over 7 bucks. That's a lot of whiners. Keep whining suckers.

Posted by: Rainier1 | March 3, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

there will not be a new ipad until next year at the earliest - it only takes 45 seconds of google'ing to see that Apple releases their products every year at the same time - iphone 5 will come out in June for example (Verizon iphone was not *really* a new phone, hence it did not need to meet that criterion) and verizon (much like at&t) has announced that they will no longer be offering unlimited data (I predict that will stop right before the new one is announced) and *maybe* the new one will be offered to Sprint and TMobile since they will have bled Verizon and AT&T dry, the only people left to expand to are those on networks that don't offer it. The new iphone allows for a complete technical make-over which will allow a single phone for any cellular provider.

Posted by: azulu1 | March 3, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I guess the sheep haven't figured the game out yet.

Apple announces the release of IPAD2 which means they are now working on IPAD3. Once IPAD3 is out then of course it's IPAD4 ad nauseum.

This is what over consumption and over consumerism is all about. Convince the consumer their 3 month old product is obsolete and get them to by the next great thing - the difference being the button was moved, or the color is different.

Get a clue and stop transferring your hard earned wages into Job's back back pocket. Crapple products just aren't worth it.

Posted by: krankyman | March 3, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

7.5 of economic growth last year and a could not buy my ipad yet. that´s life in Brazil where havy taxes make things like these be too much expensive. An ipad ( 32gb wi-fi 3g) in Brazil cost BR$ 2099. I make 1450 per month and I have my bills to pay. tell-me how...

Posted by: gerofr | March 4, 2011 2:26 AM | Report abuse

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