14 March 2012

The iPad Killer Is Out!

Apple’s iPad 2 is the industry leader in the tablet market. Yes, the new iPad killer is from Apple! :)
The new iPad, or the third-generation iPad (and not iPad 3 nor iPad HD), pretty much confirms the rumors -- A5X chip, a dual-core ARM chip but with quad-core graphics processor, a Retina Display and 4G LTE. Siri, on the other hand, was not in the picture, but a slimmed down dictation support is included.
Physically, the new iPad sports the same form-factor as the iPad 2 but with a gorgeous 2048x1536 resolution 9.7” Retina Display. It is slightly thicker and heavier, too. The Smart Cover still works, though. Unfortunately, some iPad cases are simply not compatible with this one.

The new iPad comes with a new 5MP iSight camera that is similar to the iPhone 4, but with the improvements (lens) seen on the iPhone 4S. The usual auto-focus, and tap-to-focus and tap-to-set-exposure functions are there, along with built-in face detection supporting up to 10 faces. It can also shoot 1080p videos with video stabilization. Pretty neat, but I think this is a bit ridiculous.
The much anticipated 4G LTE support provides up to 70+Mbps download! In addition, it also supports HSPA, HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA. The new iPad sports 12 different bands to make it a device that works and connects practically anywhere in the world.
And a new feature, found only on iPhones before, the personal hotspot, comes to the iPad! Ultra-fast mobile network connection can now be shared with up to 5 devices!
With these new features, along with the new iLife for iOS apps (now includes iPhoto) and new Retina-Display optimized iWork suite, the new iPad is simply amazing, right?
Will I upgrade? Definitely! Will I get the LTE version? With personal hotspot support, hell yeah! That being said, however, I dread to see how the local telcos will handle the data that will be consumed by this device.
With iCloud supporting movies now, it will mean more video streaming. Will local telcos really stop their unlimited data services? I just can’t imagine how fast 1GB of data allocation is used up with 50Mbps of download speeds!
The “one more thing” that we are used to did not come - this is an entirely Steve Jobs thing. However, what Apple did not emphasize was how the iPad 2 will get a USD100 price drop.
Yes, it will not be discontinued. At USD399 for the 16GB WiFi only version, that will definitely make consumers think thrice.





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