I’m sure Apple is selling plenty of new iPads since their introduction last week, but I have a few comments to share (through RetailWire). It’s interesting to note — since writing the following — that Apple declared a dividend today, perhaps signaling that its days of most explosive growth are behind it:
Apple may not see the same explosive growth coming from the new iPad model compared to its smartphone business over the past year. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with introducing a better product at the same retail price. It also allows for a better entry price into the iPad market, for those willing to accept the iPad 2.
Over the long term, however, Apple will need to develop a more truly revolutionary (not just “resolutionary”) iPad in order to drive sales faster. In order to achieve its goal of supplanting the notebook business, the next version of “new and improved” will need to do more. Adding voice recognition to the next iPad would have been a good place to start.