Who will come out with a product that's more amazing than the iPad 2? Apple CEO Tim Cook asked the audience at the launch event in San Francisco Wednesday. Stop wondering - we are.
Turning speculations into facts and iPad 3 into New iPad, Apple has finally unveiled its new generation iPad, the first major device released by the Cupertino-based tech giant in 2012.
While the New iPad will go on sale March 16, pre-orders are already available starting Wednesday. If you want one as badly as I do you'll be happy to know that the pre-orders start today, said Apple VP Phil Schiller.
Now, since we know what the New iPad is all about, the question that is haunting Apple fans and current iPad users is whether the new device deserves an upgrade.
One thing is for sure that the new iPad looks just exactly the same as its predecessor - iPad 2. When iPhone 4S was launched, many people were disappointed as it looked similar to iPhone 4 and the highly rumored iPhone 5 was a no show. So history repeated itself once again, and excited Apple enthusiasts all around the world were left a little disheartened over what the new iPad didn't deliver, but were highly expected before.
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What Are Missing in the New iPad?
A Revamped Design: With almost all the major changes are on the inside, Apple's new iPad looks very similar to iPad 2. Although the case is somewhat more tapered, yet it's not enough to give the device a fresh look. As per weight and shape, the new iPad is almost the same as iPad 2. Even if it is little thicker, the dimensional differences are minor, making the overall feel near-identical.
Something Called A6: A lot of talk nineteen to the dozen prior to the release of the new iPad suggested that Apple would include an A6 processor in the device. Given that iPhone 4S featured an improved version of the A5 processor found in the iPad 2, that rumor did seem authentic to many.
However, that didn't happen and unlike all presumptions, the new iPad came with the A5X, which features a quad-core processor, and if Apple's claims are true, there shouldn't be any disappointment in this regard. The A5X is said to offer four times the performance of Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip.
iOS 6: Last week, a report in Ars Technica created a lot of buzz around tech world suggesting that Apple might release the new iPad running on iOS 6.
According to the report, while digging through their logs, folks at Ars Technica found 365 visits from a device with a screen resolution of 2048x1536 - the exact resolution rumored for the 'retina' display in the next generation iPad.
In order to get more information, they began looking at iPad user agents coming from Apple's corporate IP block in Cupertino and discovered that Apple appears to be surfing the Web using iPads running what looks like iOS 6.0, said the reported.
But iOS 6 didn't accompany the new iPad eventually. Instead, iOS 5.1, an incremental update to iOS 5, was released by Apple. Considering Apple's World Wide Developers conference around the corner, more news on iOS can be expected.
Siri: We expected Siri to be added into the new iPad, but Apple didn't respond to it. The voice-controlled iPhone virtual assistant feature is not there in the New iPad. Instead, the device has a feature that allows users to dictate emails, texts, messages, notes, reminders and appointments. It can also play with third-party apps. Apple did try to make dictation feature come close to the Siri-experience, but the truth is - Siri is still missing.
A Name: When Cook introduced the new iPad as the New iPad, didn't you feel that the device just missed a name?
Rumors were rife that the new iPad would be called iPad 3 or iPad HD, but Apple decided to go with a simple New to introduce its newest. According to CNET, when the device is ordered through the Apple Store, what customers see in their carts is Apple iPad (3rd generation).
It's Not Brand New, But Not a Complete Disappointment
The third generation iPad was rumored to be thinner, to have an edge-to-edge screen and even to ditch the Home Button, but none of them happened.
Yes, the New iPad is not brand new, it's not so different, but armed with a full HD display with 3.1 million pixels, a four times faster processor and 4G LTE capability, the device is not a complete disappointment as well. The updates are really smart and on-target.
Retina Display, Four Times More Pixels Than iPad 2: The Retina display on the new iPad features a 2048 x 1536 resolution, 44 percent greater color saturation, and 3.1 million pixels - in the same 9.7-inch space. Apple claims that's four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV. The screen resolution of the device is so sharp that words on its screen are sharper than words in print, Apple added.
A5X Dual-Core CPU, Quad-Core GPU: As earlier rumors suggested, the new iPad is powered by a new A5X processor, which will provide improved performance over the already-phenomenal A5 chip.
Thanks to the new Quad-Core GPU, the device also offers four times the graphical performance of the iPad 2. According to Apple, the new processor is fast enough to handle a 3D game, Sky Gamblers, with 50 fighter planes battling on screen at the same time.
The new iPad also likely has 1GB of RAM, doubling the amount currently inside the iPad 2.
The Latest Wireless Technology: The new iPad will offer high speed 4G LTE network connection on both the AT&T and Verizon wireless networks. The device also works on GSM/UMTS worldwide network technologies including HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA. It will offer download speeds up to 42 Mbps with DC-HSDPA and up to 21.1 Mbps with HSPA+.
According to Apple, the New iPad will also serve as a personal hotspot. If your carrier supports it, iPad can act as a personal hotspot for connecting up to five devices - such as a MacBook Air, an iPod touch, or another iPad - over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB, said the company.
Despite the Extra Oomph, the Battery Lasts for 10 Hours: Apple claims that even with all that extra oomph including the supercharged new processor, enhanced display and 4G LTE, the new iPad still gets an amazing 10 hours of battery life.
Improved Optics: The third generation iPad features a 5 megapixel rear-facing iSight camera with support for 1080p video recording. However, the front-facing camera is same as the iPad 2.
Apple claims that iSight camera uses advanced optics to give the best picture possible. With a ƒ/2.4 aperture and a five-element lens, it can capture light efficiently to produce a sharper overall image.
iOS 5.1: Though it is an incremental update to iOS 5, the updated iOS 5.1 brings Siri dictation to the new iPad, among various other improvements.
The update contains improvements and bug fixes, including: (Click here for more details on security content of iOS 5.1 Software Update)
- Japanese language support for Siri (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
- Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
- Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
- Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
- Redesigned Camera app for iPad
- Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers
- Audio for TV programs and films on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
- Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30-second rewind for iPad
- Addresses bugs affecting battery life
- Fixes and issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls
Coming in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, the pricing for Apple's new iPad starts at $499 at the base model and goes up to $829 for the 64GB WiFi + 4G + 3G model.
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