New Apple iPad
Apple’s new iPad will ship from March 16th…
Apple has unveiled its eagerly awaited next-generation iPad, which to the surprise of many has shaken its numerical moniker to be branded simply as the ‘new’ iPad.
Despite the incorrect prediction as to the devices name, the new Apple iPad, unveiled at Apple’s Keynote event March 7th, appears to be living up to the hype, largely due to an upgrade in computing power and the inclusion of an impressive Retina display.
Under the hood the new iPad boasts an A5X dual core processor with a quad core GPU. Apple claims that processor is twice as fast as the A5 found in the iPad 2 and four times more powerful NVIDIA Tegra 3 Chipset. Of course this lends itself to better performance, but since much of this additional juice goes to powering the beautiful Retina display, the device itself is not twice as fast.
New Apple iPad
That said, the new 2048 x 1536 Retina display is stunning, it has 3 million pixels, that’s a 1 million more than standard 1080 HDTV. Named because the eye can’t tell it’s looking at pixels when viewed from a distance of 15 inches, the Retina display also has improved viewing angles.
4G LTE and Wi-Fi promise the fasted connectivity, and its 10 hours of battery life keep you mobile all day long, without worry about your power adaptor.
The iSight camera has received an upgrade to 5MP, it also features a ƒ/2.4 aperture, backside illumination sensor, face detection and 1080p HD video capturing.
Apple has also included a low light shooting feature called Temporal Noise Reduction – a complex algorithm that analyzes which pixels will be affected by noise, then corrects them for a higher quality images in low light.
The new iPad will runs on the new Apple iOS 5.1, therefore it also features iMessage, Apple’s free texting application.
Other built in apps include, iLife, iWork, Safari browser, Mail, iBooks, iPhoto, FaceTime, Maps, Newsstand, Calander, Reminder, Contacts, iTunes, YouTube, Notes, Game Center, Photobooth, iCloud and Airplay to stream media on your iPad to your HDTV or speakers.
Slightly heavier than its predecessor, 1.4lbs compared with the iPad 2’s 1.3lbs, the new iPad sports a more tapered bevel than the iPad 2, but essentially its appearance remains the same.
The iPad will be released on the 16th of March. Wi-Fi only models will ship for $499, $599 and $699 for 16, 32, or 64GB versions. Wi-Fi and 4G models will sell for $629, $729 and $829 also for 16, 32 or 64GB versions.
- Sam Biddle: The New iPad: Meta Hands-On (Updating). Gizmodo, 03/07/2012.
- Adrian Covert: Inside Apple’s A5X Chipset: Dual-Core CPU, Quad-Core GPU. Gizmodo, 03/07/2012.
- Sam Biddle: The New iPad’s Beautiful New Retina Display: 1,000,000 More Pixels than HDTV. Gizmodo, 03/07/2012.