Most people have little things they enjoy or use that makes their lives easier. Here at RD2, we’re no different.
Rumors of a new iPad coming out have been swirling for several months, just like any anticipated/wanted/desired Apple product. Retina display, 4G data capabilities, haptic feedback, built-in bread oven… Okay, so maybe that last one was a little far fetched. Even though many of the rumors said this version of iPad wasn’t going to be a big change, we were still pretty pumped about it and the possibilities it could bring to us and our clients. We’ve got a project in the oven right now that’s been optimized for the 3rd Gen iPad, while maintaining compatibility with the iPad 2… Can’t say too much more right now, but it’s going to be pretty darn cool once it’s able to be shown off. Trust me on that one.
Last Wednesday, Apple, Inc. held a media conference announcing their latest creation. Before the liveblogs had even finished publishing their own comments, my phone starts buzzing. I check it and it’s Chris asking me about this new iPad. What he may not have known before this, is that I’m the biggest self-proclaimed Apple fanatic this side of Jony Ive’s top secret design lab. I take a quick moment and form my opinion on this new, magical piece of beauty which went something like this: I need one. I soon found out that Chris shares my same enthusiasm for all things Apple with me and we decided it was going to be a must have for both of us. But then I had a thought… What if we went down to the Apple Store to get them?
I’ve never been on this side of an Apple product launch, and it’s something I’ve wanted to do. Chris felt the same way. So we tossed a few ideas around as to how we would make it happen and settled on just going down there early and hopping in line. So… This morning at 5am, Chris and I ventured out to Apple Store, NorthPark Center and hopped in line to take a few iPads back to the office. Maybe getting there at 5am was a little bit on the early side of things, but we were fifth in line. Totally worth the wait. At about 755a, the Apple Store employees came out from the store and did a cheering lap around the ever growing line of people.
We got inside and then started the process, which was quite possibly the best purchasing experience I’ve had in a while. Seriously, Apple has these product launches down to a science. Chris and I were eager to get the boxes opened up, iPads on, and try out AT&T’s LTE service. I can only use two words to describe how fast it is: whoa dang. For kicks, we downloaded Ookla’s Speedtest app (app store link) to see how fast it really was: 18Mb down, not using Wifi.
Once again, Apple has delivered on that “Wow!” factor that’s hyped up so much. We love the new iPad, and we’re sure you’ll love it too.
Check us out next week to see some of the apps that we love for iPad.