Apple CEO Tim Cook during Apple's media event on October 23, 2012.
Third-generation iPad owners: does the fourth-gen iPad irk you? We asked that question of Ars readers on Wednesday this week, just after Apple's second fall media event to introduce the device (as well as plenty of other products). We asked the question due to Apple's shake-up of the product cycle: the fourth-generation iPad was released only seven months after the third-generation, leaving many (but not all) third-gen iPad owners scratching their heads over whether they had made the right choice.
For plenty of geek types—which Ars readers unequivocally are—the answer to the question seemed obvious enough. After all, the third-generation iPad works just as well today as it did last week, and who wants to slow down the progress of technology? But as expected, our readership offered some well-reasoned responses on both sides of this discussion. One person's personal use case doesn't necessarily apply to everyone else, and we may not all agree on each answer. Still, it's clear that people have put some thought into this question, and into how Apple's actions this week might affect their future buying purchases.
No irkage here
We'll start with those who had little-to-no problem with Apple's introduction of the fourth-generation iPad. Many of the 300+ responses we received from the first article admitted some initial irritation after hearing the announcement, but said they "got over it" soon after realizing how much they still value their current devices.