Not really. This is more of an evolutionary step. I wouldn't feel too bad if I had just bought the "new iPad (3rd generation)"
I suppose i you facetime a lot it may be worth it with the new camera hardware.
No need to rush. The A6X may turn out to enable something amazing that you have to have, and if that happens, upgrade then. For today, it's a nice speed bump for new users. I know I'm quite happy with performance on my iPad 3rd-gen as it stands now.
You hit the nail on the head with the reference to jailbreaking. There's no doubt the A6X will drive the iPad's retina display much more smoothly (and really benefit intensive apps and games where the iPad 3 drops frame-rate). However if you value jailbreaking as much as I do, then you'd know it's actually far more useful to have a tweaked iPad 3 on iOS 5.1 right now, than it would be to go back to stock iOS6 for months (these new chips are going to takes ages to hack).
Once the A6X is jailbroken, the iPad 4 will be a beast to be reckoned with. That's when I'll look at upgrading :)
I am so tempted as i literally just bought the iPad 3 like last thursday so i could return it with the 14 days and then get the 4 but then again i don't want to hand it in and wait a few weeks for the 4 to ship. What people are saying is its not a huge leap. The only other fear i have with not getting the 4 is the resale value of my 3 when i want to get the 5 next year.
Do it, patrickquirke. You don't often get a chance to protect yourself from obsolescence. If you just got the iPad, you won't miss it for a couple weeks, and the upgrade will be worth it in the long run.
If you have the chance, absolutely return it for the new one.
I Agree with SuperRob and TgD, take it back as soon as possible. The A6X might not make a huge difference to you right now but next year when iOS 7 is released, there most likely will be a feature that is A6X dependent. Just like Siri was an A5X dependant feature (iPad 2 didn't get Siri). Either way, it's TWICE the performance. And I really don't think they'll be a shortage for this launch as all the die hards bought the 3rd gen and just forked out for an iPhone 5. (So they're poor)
Nope. Sinking money into a Moore's law spec bump in less than a year is equivalent to lighting your cigars with hundred dollar bills.
Not quite. With Apple selling new iPad 2's at $400, those of us with iPad three's may actually be able to sell it for more than $400, depending on configuration. In that case, "upgrading" is less than $100 and for a new chip, lightning connector and faster wireless
I have the 4. If I could have the speed and a 30 pin connector I'd be happy. As it is no accessories are available at present AND it desperately needs an HDMI port out. My Android tablet had one and I used it all the time when travelling. An HDMI port is the best way to share video with family in a hotel room. From band competition video to Netflix, this thing NEEDS HDMI.