Back before the iPhone 4S was officially unveiled, there was a lot of buzz over whether Apple would give its iPhone a revamped look. The look, in fact, stayed identical. I argued that the iPhone didn't really need a redesign, and to my surprise, 59 percent of you said the opposite: that the 1.5-year-old iPhone needed a makeover.
Now that the next iPad stands on the cusp of being unveiled, I ask again: does the iPad need a redesign? And, how badly?
The situation with this new iPad (iPad 3? iPad 2S?) is different. No one is claiming the iPad's getting a face-lift: in fact, most reports say this iPad will look very similar, except for being possibly a bit thicker.
I've had an iPad 2 since launch, and I'll tell you what I think: does it need a redesign? No, not at all.
The iPad 2 still feels incredibly thin one year later. There's no other device I own that comes close. It's sleek, it's simple, it's elegant. Apple devices don't tend to undergo design transformations on a yearly basis, so th... [Read more]