I am a reasonable person. I have none of the habits that should not be mentioned in polite company. I even manage not to pick my nose or bite my nails. But something does happen when I hear about a new shiny gadget that promises to change my life and the way I work. Or an update to a device I have already embraced and been evangelizing for months. The feelings result with me being a few hundred dollars poorer, and my life (perhaps) marginally improved.
This is bad. Worst still if the updates and bumps in spec come in very rapid succession. If the old gadget is barely still rewarding me with the those warm tingly feelings of purpose and magic when the new and better version hits.
The worse perpetrator of this injustice is perhaps Apple. The company feigns being friendly, warm, and cuddly (their logo is the innocuous and healthy apple), but in reality it is a cruel temptress (did I mention they use an apple for their logo?!?!).
We are now barely five days after the announcement of iPad 2. Sure, the original iPad has changed the way that I stay connected and consume online content. Sure, the prodigious battery life is amazing (a whole day without charging). Sure, traveling is a breeze (can you say a single small carry on piece for both camera kit and a computer?). And, yes, I did tell everyone I know that the only thing I wished from the little slab of metal, glass, and silicon was more power.
But I never intended for that wishe to be delivered so soon.
And Apple can be very coy. Sure they are very happy to share how fast they have made the two cores on the iPad 2's new shiny A5 processor, but they will never tell if they have endowed it with more RAM than the previous incarnation. And to be honest, more power with the same 256MB is no reason to upgrade. But one must wait for the devious geniuses from iFixit to get their hands on the new model and do what they did to the first iPad.
So I am at Anger and Bargaining.
As if things were not confusing enough already, there are already rumors that iPad 3 may arrive before the end of the year. Sure, it could be bunk. But if I feel this tortured at 10 months in with the first iPad, I dare not imagine how I would feel if I do pull the trigger on iPad 2 only to find it obsolete in barely five months.