The new iPad: What's Your Take?

Well, the big day has come. The rumors can finally be put to rest. No Siri (though there’s sort of a “Siri Lite” voice-recognition feature), no missing home button, no textured touch screen, and no… name?

The new iPad is being called just that—“the new iPad.” Strange? Or just a way to get back to the simpler method of referring to any future iteration of the iPad as just its original title? That’s not a bad idea. It’ll certainly save us the hassle of having to call it “the iPad 9” several years down the road. It’s just a bit underwhelming, is all. But let’s get to the good stuff!

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The features of this third-generation tablet are meeting most of the rumored expectations: brilliant Retina display, super-fast 4G LTE capabilities, an A5X chip with quad-core graphics, a 5-megapixel camera, and 1080p HD video recording. All of these stunning new facets are reason enough for those iPadders who were waiting with bated breath for today’s announcement to dash to the Apple site as soon as the presentation ended.

The new iPad ranges in price from $499-$829, and the iPad 2 has been reduced in price by $100.

Apple also announced their new Apple TV and iPhoto for iPad, a breakthrough photo software that offers tons of options for photo editing, browsing, and more.

What are your thoughts? Are there any features you’re particularly excited about? Any disappointments?

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Nina Benjamin is a Contributing Editor for iPhone Life magazine. She holds a B.A. in Literature and Writing and has written and edited articles for several regional magazines, newspapers, and blogs. Once a professional ballet dancer, Nina now enjoys teaching ballet and singing.