Apple is expected to announce its latest iPad on Wednesday, but buyers are on the fence about purchasing the device and hope it will be a major upgrade from the original iPad.
New tablet buyers are waiting for Apple to iron out kinks before buying an iPad, while some will make a purchase after weighing features in iPad 2 against tablets running Google's Android OS. Some iPad owners said they would be hesitant to buy a new iPad if the device was just a minor update.
The new iPad would be announced just under a year after Apple started taking orders for the original iPad, whose shipments totaled 14.79 million units by Dec. 25. Apple hasn't officially announced the features and specifications of iPad 2, but published reports state that the new device will include a dual-core processor and improved graphics capabilities. Some users hope the new iPad will support Adobe Flash, which is unlikely as Apple did not support the platform in the original iPad.
The original iPad was missing key elements such as a camera and an SD (Secure Digital) card slot, said Michael Vorel, founder of Vastplanet, an e-commerce and Internet marketing company.
Having not purchased the original iPad, Vorel is waiting to buy the iPad 2 with the hope that Apple includes the new features. He also hopes Apple makes the device lighter and faster.
"With all that in mind, it makes me very anxious to get one," Vorel said.
A forward-facing camera in the iPad 2 would be an appealing feature for Lorrie Jollimore, a graphic designer, Web developer and marketing executive who lives in Canada. But she is on the fence about buying an iPad 2, assuming it lacks Flash support.
"Initially when the iPad was launched the reason I didn't buy it was no support for Adobe Flash and no front camera. Since they won't be supporting Flash anytime soon, it would likely come down to better design [and] same or lower price," Jollimore said.
Jollimore is also considering tablets with the Android OS.
"I'd consider an Android tablet in a heartbeat if features [and] price were aligned," Jollimore said.
Motorola last month shipped a tablet called Xoom, which is the first one to be sold with Google's Android 3.0 operating system.
The iPad is an indispensable business tool for Raymond Dux Sy, the managing partner of Innovative-E, who uses the device as a presentation tool. He is looking to buy the new iPad and hopes for better remote management features.
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