Why the iPad 3 sucks for the rest of us
Ok everyone, stand back, I’m going to try to do some math and I don’t want anyone getting hurt.
So, if you’re anything like me (and God help you if you are) you have way too many apps on your iPhone. In fact I have approximately 1 fuck-ton of apps, which to my metric readers is about 907 fuck-kilograms. Ok, actually, I have 26.2 GB of apps currently on my iPhone, which is just short of a fuck-ton.
Now, starting late last week, I began receiving an increase is my (universal) App updates, where the only listed feature is “support for the new iPad display”. Here is a good example:
OK, so I update, mainly because if I DON’T I will forever see the update icon, and forever have to manually choose which apps to update going forward instead of just hitting “Update All”, which as you can imagine for a person with a fuck-ton of apps, isn’t going to work.
So, here’s the BEFORE UPDATING shot of Monsters At My Condo (which it should be noted, is a fairly simple game with not a huge amount of different graphical elements):
And here’s the After:
“Wow”, you say. A whole 4 MB difference, how ever will you handle it? Well, yes, I can handle it, but let’s not make this about ME for once. Those 4 MB’s amount to a 14% increase in file size. So take my 26.2 GB of apps and boost it up by 14% and suddenly I am losing an extra 3.66 GB of space without getting ANY benefit, since I am not running these apps on an iPad 3. I mean, 3rd gen iPad. Or new iPad.
Now yes, only “Universal apps” should feel the hit, but most of my apps are universal, and the trend going forward certainly seems to be for folks to develop new apps universally. And honestly, I don’t have a problem with that, or the increased file size. It would suck for developers if they had to make 5 versions of each app based on which iOS device was going to be running it.
What I REALLY have a problem with is that Apple seems to be deliberately holding back the 128 GB of storage for iPhones and iPads for the NEXT revisions, despite giving their most recent devices full HD video recording, high-megapixel cameras, fairly powerful Photo editing capabilities, and knowing full-well the 3rd gen iPad (and it’s “enhanced” app sizes) was coming. In fact I (and others) began bitching about a lack of 128 GB when the iPhone 4 came out, so for it to still be missing on the 4S and iPad 2 (and Pad 3) is baffling to me. My iPhone may have 15 GB of free space now, but I have actually gotten within 1 GB of filling while it on vacation with video, and if I lose an extra 4 GB of space due to the iPad 3 upgrades, it will both suck AND blow.
But again, this isn’t just about ME. Let’s not forget that not EVERY iPhone owner is a big shot millionaire blogger like myself. Think of the poverty-stricken iPhone users who are trying to make due with a 32 GB iPhone, or even, (horror) a 16 GB model. In fact, I hear Apple still makes 8 GB iPod touches, presumably for the third world countries. What about these people, Apple? What about THEM?!?! Perhaps Apple should make a special section on the App store listing the best 10 games you can fit on your iPod touch.