I'm furious I bought an iPad 3. Are you?

Summary:Now we know why they refused to call it the iPad 3. They knew they were going to replace this thing in a few months, and didn't want the name to stick.

You know, it never ceases to amaze me. No matter how close I get to actually not being annoyed at Apple, a few months go by and -- boom -- they doing something that just gets my goat.

See also: ZDNet's iPad full announcement coverage

This time, though, I'm probably not alone. Like half the planet, I bought an iPad 3 last March. That was -- count with me now ... March, April, May, June, July, August, September ... just about six months ago. I spent more than $800 bucks on a top-of-the-line model, because, well, the reality distortion field caught up with me, I guess.

Now we know why they refused to call it the iPad 3. They knew they were going to replace this thing in a few months, and didn't want the name to stick.

Now, as of Tuesday, my top-of-the-line, eight-hundred-plus buck tablet has been replaced with something twice the performance, for the same price.

Look, I understand that my iPad isn't obsolete, and to claim otherwise would be stupid, as PCMag's Sascha Segan insists. After all, I can still play Angry Birds, right?

And I also understand that tech goes through upgrade cycles. New technology begets more new technology, and we don't want to slow the wheels of progress. Like all technology, whatever you buy is going to be obsolete sooner or later.

There's something of an unspoken contract between vendors and customers. We normally expect the items we buy -- especially the newest and fastest and bestest -- to be the newest and fastest and bestest for at least a year.

It's natural to feel ripped off in this situation. Let's say you go into a steak house and order a steak. Now, ten minutes later, the waiter replaces the menu with one where the steak is twice as big (and even more tender and juicy), for the same price. You'd naturally expect to be able to get the better deal. It's only right. After all, if the waiter knew a better deal was coming along really soon, you'd at least have expected him to tell you, and let you wait ten minutes to order the better deal. Yes, guys like big steaks.

But here, here we all got snookered. We all bought into the hype-fest that is Apple, and we all thought the iPad 3 was going to be the best iPad evar, for at least a year. Now we know why they refused to call it the iPad 3. They knew, right when they were pitching us this dog, that a newer model was right around the corner.

In retrospect, I guess I'm not furious. It's just Apple. For some reason, they always seem to annoy me with something. This time it's paying $800+ six months too soon and getting half the performance. I guess I'm just resigned to Apple being Apple.

I'll tell you one thing: I'm not buying an iPad mini. That thing is going to be retina-ized real soon now. $329 for something that's essentially a $199 tablet? Not me. Not this time.

What about you? Did you buy an iPad 3? Are you upset? TalkBack below.

 

Topics: Apple

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