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John Gruber on the anticipated letdown reaction from some following tomorrow’s new iPad announcements:

But if a faster processor, more RAM, a double-the-resolution retina display, a better camera, and maybe even LTE networking make for a “modest” update, then what would it take for the iPad 3 to be deemed an immodest update? A fusion energy source? Teleportation? A camera that sees into the future?

Nothing has actually been announced yet and it’s already starting. I’ve actually heard this letdown sentiment several times today. Again, from people who haven’t actually seen the product yet and actually don’t even know for sure what’s coming.

I mean seriously, if all of the rumored new features are true, this is going to be a major upgrade. And the actual sales figures will reflect that, even if some of the stories tomorrow don’t. 

Many folks seem oddly tied to form factor when it comes to upgrades. The iPhone 4S was a “disappointment" to some because it looked like the iPhone 4. I suspect the new iPad will get the some of the same reaction since it will look like the previous iPad.

My prediction: those left underwhelmed will have one thing in common. They’ll be idiots

Also, the AP story Gruber links to happens to have the most dickishly intrusive ads ever. 

Josh Topolsky reports that the new iPad won’t have the oft-rumored quad-core chip, but instead will have the more recently unearth A5X, another dual-core chip — “basically an A5 on steroids”. The A6 may get saved for the next iPhone.

But, while the chip may not be quad core, the report also says the new iPad will feature more RAM than the previous models. This was a contentious point about the last iPad.

Ultimately, no normal user will care if it’s a A6 or A5X, if it’s quad-core or dual-core, or if it has double the RAM. All they’ll care about is if it’s noticeably faster. I suspect that will be the case.

I’m personally most excited for the screen and the LTE functionality. 

I’m also excited for the possibility 1080p films on the new iPad and the new Apple TV.

Joshua Topolsky reports that Apple will release a new iPad this fall dubbed “iPad HD”, which will sport a 2048 x 1536 resolution. 

Of course, I reported on Apple planning a fall iPad refresh back in February. While I called it “iPad 3”, I noted I was only doing so to “keep it simple” — remember, the iPad 2 hadn’t even been announced at the time.

John Gruber kick-started all of this new iPad talk right before my report, but stated his talk were merely a “guess”.

I speculated that the device would have a “Retina” display, but didn’t have any firm details. Still, as I said:

Again, to be clear, my information on this isn’t a guess (though my thoughts as to the reasons why Apple would do this are). Apple’s plan, at least right now, is to release another version of the iPad in the fall. That may change, but that is currently the plan.

Everyone thought I was crazy.