iPad 3!!! Apple TV update!!! iOS 5.1

Posted: March 7, 2012 in Apple
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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, revealed the iPad 3 today. It has many improvements including a Retna Display, better cameras and 4G LTE. Also, iOS 5.1 will be out later today and the Apple TV got an update.

Let’s talk about the iPad first. The iPad is a revolutionary tablet computer. Yes, I call it a computers because, think about it, what does your computer do that the iPad doesn’t do. Almost nothing, both can be connented to the internet and both are devices. I’ll talk about that topic in one of my future articles. Back to the iPad. Talking technically, the new iPad has a 9.7-inch  2048-by-1536-pixel resolution (264 pixels per inch (ppi)) Retna Touch Display. Apple stated that it has 10 hours of battery life. I hope that is true with this big of an improvement to the display. It has the new A5X chip, which is a dual-core low-power chip with quad-core graphics. In my opinion, the Retna display combined with this quad-core graphics processor will result in better images quality and responsiveness. It comes in the normal memory sizes of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. There are two models. The Wi-Fi only iPad, and the WiFi + 4G LTE iPad. The iPad currently supports only Verizon Wireless and AT&T carriers. The camera has also been updated to a 5MP (megapixel) iSight camera. The actual shape and body of the iPad hasn’t change much.

Unfortunately, Siri wasn’t build into the new iPad. My predictions are that the iPad isn’t always going to be connected to the internet because if you buy the WiFi only model you don’t always have internet. Siri needs the internet to work. Apple probably doesn’t want to ruin the amazing experience of Siri. Another thing that was rumored about the iPad was a quad-core processor. As you read before, Apple stayed with a dual-core processor but a quad-core graphics processor. That possible could improve some performance. There were a lot more rumors like a 128GB version of the iPad, a new design, and lighter weight but we unfortunately didn’t see that.

Apple also talked about iOS 5.1. It will add Siri in Japanese.

Apple also talked about some apps like iWork (minor improvements and added features) and Garageband. Garageband has got a few new features like Smart Strings, Note Editor, iCloud, and Sharing. Garageband will stay at the price of $9.99. Apple also launched an app called iPhoto. Apple basically is bringing the amazing iPhoto app for a Mac onto iOS. It has been reported that iPhoto can work with photos up to 19 megapixels in size! iPhoto will cost $4.99. Also iMovie for the Mac was updated bringing 1080p support for videos.

The Apple TV has been slightly updated with a new user-interface and the ability to play 1080p content. It will also have better integration with iCloud. Unfortunately, media and content streaming is still not available other than iCloud.

Apple also lowered the price of the iPad 2 to $399.99 (base model).

Do you think that the iPad 3 is worth upgrading from the iPad 2? Do you like or dislike some of the features?

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