Yesterday was Apple’s big announcement about the upcoming iPad. Lots of impressive features are packed into the new device, making it a compelling gadget for techies and non-techies alike.
The most shocking news from Apple’s announcement yesterday was the name of the new iPad. As I mentioned in Monday’s article, the name of the new iPad was the subject of much speculation. Contenders for the name of the newest model iPad included iPad 3, iPad 2S, and iPad HD. No one guessed correctly. That’s right, everyone got it wrong. The name of the new iPad is…
Your eyes are not deceiving you, the name of the new iPad is “iPad.” The product naming department at Apple probably was on vacation when it came time to select a moniker for this year’s model of iPad. Or perhaps they couldn’t reach a unanimous decision. Or maybe they got so much grief for the iPhone 4S name that they quit? I’m sure there is a method to the madness of the name of the new iPad, but it sure will make life confusing down the line when people try to figure out which year’s model iPad they want to buy.
The good news for Wonder of Tech readers is that the two most popular categories in Monday’s Wonder of Tech poll, Faster Processor and Faster Internet, will be in the new iPad. The new iPad should be speedy quick with a new chipset and faster processor. Those who were disappointed with the speed of the iPad 2 should be excited about the tech in the new iPad.
Internet connections will also be faster for those who opt for the 4G/LTE models. Download speeds will be greatly increased where there is 4G/LTE coverage. Where there is only 3G coverage available, Internet download times will be at the same speed as the iPad 2.
The new iPad will have Retina display, a favorite of iPhone 4 and 4S owners. The new iPads will have one million more pixels than an HD television. The 2048×1536 resolution screen promises 44% greater color saturation than the iPad 2.
The quality of this screen would be best served by a better camera and Apple delivers on this as well. The new iPad has a 5 MP camera with an advanced lens that allows users to record HD video in 1080p.
The new iPad didn’t get Siri but did get a dictation feature, which you can use to dictate text into third-party apps.
As with the iPhone 4S, the iPad will be a global device. Whether you opt for an AT&T or Verizon iPad, you will be able to use the iPad in countries other than the US.
The battery life remains impressive, 10 hours for 3G and 9 hours for LTE/4G.
The new iPad is available for pre-order now and will be delivered and available in stores on March 16.
The price of the new iPad remains the same as the iPad 2 when it launched:
$499 16 GB
$599 32 GB
$699 64 GB
Wi-Fi + 4G/LTE
$629 16 GB
$729 32 GB
$829 64 GB
The iPad 2 16 GB Wi-Fi model will continued to be sold and is available for $399 as a 16 GB Wi-Fi only model.
One more thing…Great news for everyone. The new iPad still has a home button. Yea!
What do you think of the new iPad? Are you tempted to buy the new iPad? Are you excitedly anticipating lower prices for the iPad 2 and the original iPad? Let us know in the Comments section below!
As a follow-up to the article about the father who shot his daughter’s laptop on YouTube, Poll: YouTube Rage Dad – Justified or Not?, check out this video of an interview yesterday with the father, mother and daughter which may or may not help you understand their situation a bit better.
Note to Readers: I will be traveling and away from the Internet until Tuesday, March 13. I will continue to post articles while I’m away and will respond to comments when I return. Contrary to popular belief, my absence is not because I am standing in line, waiting to buy the new iPad. I pre-ordered mine.