While I'm usually in line for the latest and greatest from Apple, I'm content to stay with my original iPad. It does everything I want it to do. I'm not unhappy with the weight. (Hey, it's a whole lot lighter than a laptop.) Camera? Nope, don't need it or want it. I'm usually behind a camera because I don't like being in front of the lens. Childhood hang-up. What I do love with the iPad 2 is multi-touch gestures. Moving between apps is a breeze. Pinch to go to the home screen. Swipe up to show the multitasking bar. Swipe left or right to switch between open apps. Love it!
While the latest iOS update did give the option to use the side switch on the iPad 1 for either screen orientation lock or system sound mute, it didn't give us multi-touch gestures like the iPad 2. Not nice, Apple. I have a feeling that the next update will probably give us this feature, but if you don't want to wait, (who, me, impatient?) there is a simple way to enable multi-touch gestures on the original iPad. For $4.99 from the App Store, the developer tool Xcode will enable the code that is already there in the current iOS. Warning — Xcode is a huge download. The installer is 4.58GB to be precise. The actual installed Developer folder with all of the goodies is another 10 GB. Yep, huge.
Once you get past all of that, enabling gestures is just a matter of launching Xcode, connect the iPad, click on the "Use for development" button, click "cancel" when it asks for your iOS credentials. You'll get and error message that you can ignore. That's it. Check the General preferences in Settings on the iPad and Multitasking Gestures should be ON by default. We have 2 iPads in the house, and I've done this with both. I'm a happy camper. And for our local MacGroup Detroit friends, if you need help, see me at the next meeting.