Your iPad is not obsolete

Twitter is a simmering cauldron of Nerd Rage this morning as quivering iPad (3) owners lift their fists into the air and shout, “Obsolete!” like the Chancellor condemning Romney Wordsworth.

But they’re wrong.

Your iPad 3 is still a fantastic device, and will continue to work admirably for years. The new iPad with Retina display does not diminish your existing iPad’s usefulness. It can be disappointing not to have the very latest and greatest, but it’s not the least bit necessary.  If you bought your iPad within the last 30 days, take it back to an Apple Store. They’ll replace it with a new one for free. If not, enjoy the fantastic little computer you hold in your hands. It’s a stellar device.

This concludes First World Problems Theatre.

Certain iOS dictation commands stopped working

There’s a thread at Apple’s Discussion Boards pointing out that certain iOS dictation commands are behaving differently than they did a few months ago. Specifically, users note that saying “Caps on” and “All caps” used to toggle caps lock on and off. Now, the iPhone and iPad (3) simply type out the words “caps on” and “all caps.” Several users state that turning Siri on and off fixed the problem when it occurred before, but not anymore.

Another user reports that saying “numeral three” used to result in “3.” Now, his iPhone types out the words “numeral three.”

The earliest post in this thread is dated June 14. Have you had the same or similar experiences? Let me know. Comments are open.


Some have suggested that the new iPad will be called “iPad HD.” I’ve no idea if that’s true or not, but it makes me think off all the existing apps with “HD” in the name. In March of 2010, I wrote about that trend, just before the original iPad was released in the US:

“I understand that developers want to distinguish iPad apps from their equivalent iPod offerings, but I don’t think ‘HD’ is the best method. That term has a specific definition — high definition video has one or two million pixels per frame — that the iPad doesn’t meet.

It’s logical to assume that one could tack ‘iPad’ or ‘For iPad’ onto their titles, but Apple only recently ruled on how ‘iPad’ may be used. Developers who have been hard at work for weeks had to make a decision before getting their apps in for review. Do you submit an app called, for example, ‘Plants vs. Zombies iPad’ or ‘Flight Control for iPad’ only to have Apple send it back at the last minute?

Additionally, what if a future iPad model is capable of high definition playback? Is your app then ‘HD Plus?’ I think ‘XL’ or something similar would have been better. I know I’m being nit-picky, but I wish ‘HD’ hadn’t been used.”

Now here we are with Apple supposedly about to introduce an iPad with a high-resolution display. It will be interesting to see what happens with those apps.