iPad 2 expectations could turn it into a fail

March 2, 2011, By Shawn Wagnon

There is one major difference between the launch of iPad and iPad 2- the pressure of expectations. That might not sound like too much, but ask any international sports star or even a Hollywood celebrity under the spotlight and they will tell you the difference it can make. Getting to be “number one” in what you do is one thing, but staying on that pedestal is a whole different story. In a matter of hours we will find out if Apple has what it takes to stay on top.

It might sound strange to compare sports with the Tablet market, but launching a high-profile gadget while the world is watching is not too different. When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad, you had expectations, but they did not hit the peaks that Apple fans and casual observers have today. Now March 2nd has become a “mark out event” for everyone. Even those who are not too keen on gadgets and tech news otherwise, are looking at the event with anticipation.

Not that all this is Apple’s fault. They never told us to expect Retina Display on iPad 2. They did not ask us to conjure up in our own minds this ultra-sleek, high-end, all encompassing tablet that will trump everything else out there. But that is what happens when you become popular and are as successful in delivering stuff as Apple was in the case of iPad.

With sites, forums, discussion threads and blogs all making their own version of the ‘Super Tablet’ that will be the Apple iPad 2, it seems that whatever Apple releases could well fall short of the hype. People will start pondering on which rumored spec was absent and which imaginative feature went missing. At the end of the day, all the hype could come back to haunt Apple.

This is not to write a premature obituary. Far from it, Apple iPad 2 should still be the tablet of the year beating the likes of Xoom and Playbook (So, we hope). But going into the launch event keep your hopes realistic and like the Zen masters say, “If you do not expect, you will not be disappointed.”

Apple got to the top of the tablet world and that was the easy part. Now is the time to stay there with competition trying to knock you off. Let’s see if they can do that…

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