And of course, this doesn’t even include the cost if your data runneth over, which is a whole other absurd list of charges. Because of this mass confusion and chaos, I’m pretty much decided on wi-fi only.
Remember when AT&T offered unlimited data for iPad for $30? For one month? Then killed that?
But now it’s time for rumor-mill roundups. How did I do? Okay, but not great.
Front facing and rear facing cameras. I mean, come on. Everybody saw that coming.
Increase in storage capacity. Sadly, this was not too be. Same storage options as before, but at the same price. Kind of a bummer here. Apple, lately, has been offering upgraded specs at previous model prices, but not this time.
3G Everywhere. Not even close on this one. Not only are the wi-fi only models still an option, but you have to pick either AT&T or Verizon. Given that there are three storage options, this makes a whopping 918 different models to choose from. That’s very un-Apple like.
SD card slot. No on that one. No ThunderBolt either (I didn’t think there would be), but there is HDMI mirroring. I don’t think anyone saw that coming.
So overall, my predictions were crap. Why did you even listen to me?
Well, everyone else has gotten into the act, so with a little more than twenty-four hours left in which to speculate, here are my official predictions as to what the new iPads to be announced tomorrow will have:
Increase in storage capacity. Bye-bye, 16GB. Your new low-end iPad will be the 32GB, with 64GB and 128GB being the middle and high-end options, at the same prices as the current low/middle/high ends.
3G everywhere. I think the wi-fi only option will also go by the wayside. Starting tomorrow, every iPad will contain the required circuitry for handling GSM and CDMA 3G networks.
SD card slot. Okay, even I don’t believe this one, but I’m throwing out there for a lark. If you believe all the case leaks, there’s a mystery port at the top of the new device. USB? Perish the thought. ThunderBolt? Well, maybe. But I think an SD card makes the most sense of the possible options.
So how did I do? We’ll find out tomorrow afternoon.