iPhoto is demonstrated on the new iPad March 7. Image: Jon Phillips/Wired
As you no doubt know by now, Apple unveiled its new iPad to the world on Wednesday to much ado. So now that we know how the myriad rumors have held up to what was actually unveiled, it’s time to check in on how Wired did in reading the tea leaves.
Which of our staff aced the pre-release predictions?
Apparently, our Android reporter, Mike Isaac. I know, I know, for shame. We attribute Mike’s impartiality towards Apple for his extraordinary clarity. Here’s how things worked out:
Isaac got top scores, predicting two more features correctly than the runners-up, reviews editor Michael Calore and myself, staff writer Christina Bonnington. Senior editors Jon Phillips and John Bradley came in third, followed by staff writer Robbie Baldwin, and then our intern, Nathan Hurst.
Isaac hit the nail on the head in a number of areas, particularly in that he guessed there would be no “one more thing” at this week’s product event. To boot, Isaac and I were the only ones to say that the new iPad would not feature a quad-core CPU — the A5X is a dual-core processor, but offers “quad-core graphics” (a data point that wasn’t easy to immediately discern at Wednesday’s event).
Isaac, Calore and I were also the only staffers to accurately guess that Microsoft Office for iPad would not be making an appearance on the Yerba Buena Center Stage. Phillips laments not editing that prediction out of our original post.
Phillips and Calore successfully predicted that Siri would not make its way on the iPad. The new iPad has voice dictation which can be accessed through the familiar microphone icon, but there’s no intelligent assistant hiding inside (at the moment).
Baldwin missed the mark by being the only staffer not to think the iPad would be 4G LTE. Hurst and I both thought the “touch” in Apple’s invite could mean haptic feedback, which was wrong, and Hurst thought Apple could throw in NFC into its new tablet.
You can take a look back at our original predictions here.