When Tim took on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab directly at the Apple’s event today, not everyone was shocked but it was sure a big, bold move. It’s not because they are fighting lawsuits against the Korean technology giant. It’s because the new iPad is that much important and advanced than any other tablet in the market.
Here’s a look at some iPad 3 features that have made the headlines of most technological websites today. We’re pretty sure these will be the talk of the town for this month.
Display, Display, Display
Retina HD Display. And that’s how the new iPad is introduced to you today.
With the new iPad, resolution is all that matters. And frankly, they said it’s only felt. Of course, 2048x1536px, 3.1 Million pixels and apps specifically designed for this monster resolution describe it all perfectly well.
The new iPad has a resolution that will blow your imagination and bring clarity like never before. It’s better than 1080p HD.
A5X Is the Key | Quad-Core GPU
The processor is A5X (and not A6). It’s dual-core as before, but there’s a quad-core GPU which explains the support behind all the stunning display qualities of the new iPad. The new processor is also a powerhouse, which comes with some excellent features that support the camera.
iOS 5.1 Finally
With the launch of the new iPad, another long-awaited update is released. The iOS 5.1 is now out and will be available in sometime. The new iPad will ship with the iOS 5.1 bringing several changes and updates to the OS. Apps are going to get a huge shot in the arm.
No Siri, Unforunately
There’s voice dictation when you type but that’s how far it goes. There’s no Siri. Sorry, folks. That’s very disappointing.
iMovie and iPhoto
Of the best things that were talked about and shown at the event, iPhoto comes as the best. Updates to iMovie bring new features like Storyboard and new editing chops. Making movies on the new iPad will be amazing.
The iPhoto is a world of its own. It brings awesome changes to the way you edit photos, share them and perform intelligent actions on the photos. To call the app as amazing would be an understatement.
Loads of changes to iWork. Many updates available free of cost for those who have already purchased the apps and available for $9.99 for those who haven’t.
Apple seems to have a good focus set on the camera for the iPad. This time, with the new iPad, you will get what is termed the iSight. Needless to say, with processor’s backing and IR filters, the new camera comes at a 5 MP resolution, capable of capturing crisp images – which look amazing on the Retina HD display – and also of 1080p movie captures!
There’s a white iPad too!
iCloud gets quite a lot of clout with the new iPad. You can, as before, save and share your documents, photos, videos, contacts, bookmarks and almost everything on the iCloud. Some new features also include Garage Band across four devices connecting via iCloud and helping in a jamming session which can be recorded!!
iPad 3 Launch Date
The iPad 3 launch date has been fixed at March 16. This is for several countries simultaneously. The countries are: USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Japan and Switzerland. The launch is on a Friday, and as someone had predicted, Apple has stuck to a Friday release as in previous cases. However, unlike some others speculated a post-March 19 release, Apple has decided to have an 8-day window between the announcement and the launch.
iPad 3 Prices
The new iPad 3 prices are quite interesting. While the Wi-Fi variant retains the cost of the iPad 2, the 4G is going to cost quite a lot. Here’s the list:
The new iPad (WiFi):
16 GB – $499
32 GB – $599
64 GB – $699
The new iPad (WiFi + 4G):
16 GB – $629
32 GB – $729
64 GB – $829
The new iPad is ready for pre-ordering. You can pre-order it from Apple’s store (which, as of writing this, is still under repair). The new iPad is expected to set record sales and pre-orders in the market. At the event, Tim reported that Apple’s iPad sales hit 15.4 million last quarter.