‘The New iPad’ Announced – New Features & Everything You Need to Know
Earlier today, Apple announced ‘The New iPad’ at their highly anticipated media event. Despite conflicting rumors regarding the name of the actual device, it has not been made evident what the device will in fact be dubbed other than the reference to it as ‘The New iPad’. Below we’ve highlighted and gone into relative depth about the new features that have made their appearance in the new iteration of the iPad.
Among the things that were announced, the following are the most prominent in terms of the successor to Apple’s highly portable computer/tablet.
The first of the notable features is the device’s A5X system-on-chip with quad-core graphics. The rumored retina display have materialized with the iPad boasting a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, measuring in at twice of that of its predecessor. Additionally, thanks to the quad-core graphics, the display offers 44% greater color saturation. All of Apple’s standard, factory applications have already been scaled up to accommodate the display, and third-party applications will automatically be resized in terms of text, while developers can optionally rescale their artwork.
Though it’s not ideal to lug around an iPad, even considering I’ve seen the unique instance every now and then, the iPad’s rear-facing camera has been improved substantially. With a 5 megapixel camera and improved optics, pictures will look nearly gorgeous when taken from the iPad. Also, 1080p HD video recording is supported.
As hinted by both AT&T and Verizon this morning, the new device still supports their networks with different devices, unfortunately, capable running on each certain network at once due to the difference in frequency bands. However, as rumored, the new iPad has 4G LTE capabilities whereas its predecessor was limited to 3G. Supporting data speeds of up to 21 Mbps on HSPA+, 42 Mbps on dual-carrier HSPA+, and 73 Mbps on LTE, the new iPad has improved in the respective department – of course, you can alternatively opt out for 4G LTE and rather stick with the WiFi only models.
A smaller improvement to note is the voice dictation that is included much like the feature that only the iPhone 4S previously sported. This, if you don’t already know, allows you to speak to your device and have it recognize your words in order to input it into a tweet, a message, a note and so forth. It works surprisingly well, as I can attest to owning an iPhone 4S.
There were reports that said that the new iPad would be priced higher because of the improved hardware, however pricing still remains as do the options save for the fact that 3G has been upped to 4G LTE.
16 GB: WiFi Only ($499), WiFi + 4G ($629)
32 GB: WiFi Only ($599), WiFi + 4G ($729)
64 GB: WiFi Only ($699), WiFi + 4G ($829)
The iPad 2 will still remain to be available in its 16 GB models, and people previously with unlimited 3G will be upgraded to unlimited 4G.
You can start to pre-order the new device starting today, as it will start shipping and will be available in stores starting on March 16th. Understandably, the online Apple Store is being hammered currently, but you may be able to slip in without much wait – check it out with the link below.