"What is changed — and what is unchanged — in this newest iteration of the iPad reveals Apple’s priorities. Most important: how things look on screen, how they feel, how smoothly they animate. Not important: a faster CPU. Important: faster graphics processing. (Those last two priorities emphasize the hole that Intel has dug itself. Their expertise — CPUs — is no longer the most important processing bottleneck for personal computing. Graphics are.)"
I'm a tech-geek at heart, but Mr. Gruber is exactly right. Most non-tech people could care less about the CPU speed of their tablet, phone, or PC. However, they do care about the overall experience. How does it look? How does it feel? Does it do what I want it to do, and do it well?
Perhaps a great example of this is the iPhone/iPad approach to screen resolution. In the world of laptops/desktops (Macs included), higher resolution usually equates to more stuff (though smaller) on your screen. On the iPhone/iPad, higher resolutions equates to better looking stuff (same size) on your screen. Which is more important to you?