Apple Bequeaths New iPad Unto The Human Race
Apple just announced the newest generation of its ultra-popular tablet. Despite speculation it would be called the iPad 3 or iPad HD, it was only referred to as "the new iPad." No fancy names for this model, I guess!
As is always the case, the final product isn't as exciting as the speculation would have led you to believe. No edge-to-edge screen, no 7-inch model, no radical re-design, no elimination of the home button, no flowers and a backrub when you've had a hard day.
Here are the highlights:
- High-resolution retina display (2047 x 1536 pixels)
- A5X processor, quad-core graphics
- 5-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording and image stabilization
- Voice dictation
- 4G LTE (on Verizon and AT&T), and 3G world ready
- 10 hours of battery life (9 when on 4G)
- A tad heavier and thicker than the iPad 2 (in millimeters)
It also maintains the current pricing scheme of the iPad 2. Pre-orders start today, with March 16 set as the release date. Apple will continue to produce the iPad 2, and lop $100 off the price of each model.
Those are some heavy-duty improvements, but nothing we didn't see coming (though I am a little surprised they integrated 4G LTE into the iPads before the iPhones). Personally, this isn't enough for me to upgrade from the 2--I'm fine with a wifi-only model and the screen is sharp enough. And I don't take pictures with my iPad. Who even does that? Wake me up when there's an iPad that makes pancakes.
Apple also announced a new Apple TV, and a slew of updated apps (finally iPhoto comes to the iPad). Visit Apple's website for more, or, if you want some good analysis and roundups, check out tech-blog Gizmodo.
So, folks, what do you think? Anyone upgrading from the iPad 2? Does this new model convince anyone to make the iPad plunge? What do you think about it not having a real name?
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