Reactions to the new iPad: Something old, something new

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The new iPad, which has been anticlimactically named “the new iPad,” has the tech world buzzing after its unveiling by Apple CEO Tim Cook at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts today. So what’s in a name? Well, aside from a lukewarm reception to the letdown name itself (as TechCrunch.com marveled, “The new iPad will just be called ‘iPad.’ That’s not confusing at all,”) it’s those noticeable, but not entirely groundbreaking new features like the retina display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, access to 4G LTE networks and A5X GPU chip for sharper graphics. With no major changes to the iPad itself, much of the feeling around the web is:,“The new iPad is a minor update, but you’ll buy it anyway.”

Here’s some other first impressions:

“Not a monster upgrade, but it’s still pretty darn good.”- Business Insider

“Simply put, there’s no other product like it on the market.”- TheVerge.com

“I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”- Homer Simpson

The new new iPad launches on March 16 with prices starting at $499 (16GB), $599 (32GB), and $699 (64GB), $829 with 4G. Which features about the iPad get you going, PopWatchers? Or is the “new” iPad feeling sort of lackluster to you? (No Siri! How will we be able to learn invaluable feedback like this?) Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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