There were a number expected announcements and a few surprises at Tuesday’s Apple event in San Francisco, but at the end of the day we saw a number of exciting new and improved products to keep the fan boys and the critics talking for a while. Meanwhile, we heard a lot of the word FREE being echoed throughout the 80-minute presentation.
Apple’s October event was more than spooktacular! It included the unveiling of a new iPad mini as well as a new MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display as the rumour mills had predicted and a whole lot more. Apple took the opportunity to offer some interesting upgrades to some of their software as well as unexpected update of the new iPad as well as a refresh to the iMac and Mac mini lines.
Every time Apple announces a new iPad the tablet landscape changes forever. This year is no different. The new iPad’s “Retina Display” is stunning to look at, but the other improvements are impressive too.
new iPad looks like the old iPad 2, but it’s 6 mm thicker (9.4 mm thick) than the iPad 2 (8.8 mm thick), and 51 grams heavier (652 grams) than the iPad 2 (601 grams).
The technology inside the new iPad is where the differences show up.
The new iPad has the same “Retina Display” used in the iPhone 4S, giving it a whopping resolution of 2048 X 1536 pixels. That’s 4 times as many pixels as the iPad 2 and a million times more than HDTVs. The display also has 44% more colour saturation, giving you an amazing life-like experience.
The A5X processor is a dual core processor, giving high-performance as well as low-power consumption – Apple has impressively retained the 10 hour battery life. The A5X chip comes with built in quad core graphics that are needed to power the new display.
The rear facing camera on the new iPad is 5 megapixels and is able to shoot 1080P high definition video as well. The tablet also sports an auto-focus lens, as well as face detection, making subjects sharper.
The new iPad is “world ready”, able to work on global networks including 3G, HSPA+, DC-HSPA, 4G LTE.
new iPad is available for pre-order from www.apple.ca and will be available at Apple retail stores on March 16th. The Wi-Fi models will cost $519 for the 16GB model, $619 for the 32GB model, and $719 for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + 4G model will set you back $649 for 16GB, $749 for 32GB, and $849 for 64GB.
Better hurry! The wait for new iPad is already 1-2 weeks on the website.