Wednesday, March 7th 2012

Apple Launches New iPad

Apple today introduced the new iPad, the third generation of its category defining mobile device, featuring a stunning new Retina display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video. iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G connects to fast networks worldwide, including AT&T's and Verizon's 4G LTE networks, and still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life while remaining amazingly thin and light. Beginning today, iPad 2 will be offered at an even more affordable price starting at just $399.

"The new iPad redefines the category Apple created less than two years ago, delivering the most amazing experience people have ever had with technology," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "The new iPad now has the highest resolution display ever seen on a mobile device with 3.1 million pixels, delivering razor sharp text and unbelievable detail in photos and videos."

The new iPad's Retina display delivers four times the number of pixels of iPad 2, so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when held at a normal distance, making web pages, text, images and video look incredibly sharp and realistic. The 3.1 million pixels in the Retina display are more than one million more pixels than an HD TV, and with 44 percent increased color saturation the new iPad displays colors that are unbelievably richer, deeper and more vivid. Movies are now capable of playing at full 1080p HD-resolution, delivering an incomparable viewing experience on a mobile device.

The powerful new A5X chip with quad-core graphics was specifically designed by Apple to deliver a fast, responsive user experience while supporting the incredible Retina display. With double the graphics performance of the A5 chip, the A5X provides a superb balance between performance and power efficiency so users can enjoy all the benefits of the stunning new display while experiencing a smooth Multi-Touch interface, immersive gameplay, incredible visual depth and all-day battery life that iPad is known for delivering.

The 5 megapixel iSight camera features advanced optics for taking stunning pictures and recording full HD video. Backside illumination allows you to take great photos in low-light conditions and a new video image stabilization feature removes the bumps and shakes typically seen when filming with a hand-held device. Images can be enjoyed on the large Retina display, then edited, enhanced and easily shared with friends and family using the built-in Photos app on iPad.

iPad Wi-Fi + 4G with built-in next generation 4G LTE has the most comprehensive support for fast networks worldwide including HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA, and now both CDMA and GSM iPad users have the ability to easily roam internationally. The world-ready iPad delivers blazing download and upload speeds so web pages load incredibly quickly and email with large attachments can be sent and received easily. Personal Hotspot can be used to share the fast network connection on your iPad with up to 5 other devices using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB.

With iOS 5.1, the latest update to the world's most advanced mobile operating system, the new iPad has a number of new features and enhancements including: a redesigned Camera app with video stabilization technology; the ability to delete photos from Photo Stream; support for dictation in English, French, German and Japanese; and Personal Hotspot. iOS 5.1 also works seamlessly with iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services including iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that works seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content and push it to your devices. When content changes on one of your devices, your other devices are updated automatically.

The new iPad also supports dictation, another amazing way to get things done just using your voice. Instead of typing, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard, then say what you want to say and the new iPad listens. Tap done, and iPad converts your words into text. You can use dictation to write messages, take notes, search the web and more. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can update your Facebook status, tweet, or write Instagram captions.

Apple also introduced the iPhoto app, along with major updates to iMovie and GarageBand, completing its suite of iLife apps for iOS. iLife and the iWork apps, Pages, Keynote and Numbers, have all been updated to take advantage of the new iPad Retina display. iPhoto includes breakthrough Multi-Touch features so you can use simple gestures to sort through hundreds of photos and find your best shots, enhance and retouch your images using fingertip brushes and share stunning photo journals with iCloud. iMovie now gives you the ability to create amazing Hollywood-style trailers as you record HD video, and GarageBand introduces Jam Session, an innovative and fun new feature that allows a group of friends to wirelessly connect to play instruments and record music together live on their iOS devices.

iPad runs almost all of the over 585,000 apps available on the App Store, including more than 200,000 native iPad apps, from a wide range of categories, including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. The iTunes Store puts the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store at your fingertips with a catalog of over 20 million songs, over 90,000 TV episodes and over 15,000 movies. The new iBooks 2 app for iPad lets users experience an entirely new kind of ebook that's dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks created with Apple's new iBooks Author offer gorgeous, fullscreen ebooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more.

Pricing & Availability

The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white on Friday, March 16 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16 GB model, $599 (US) for the 32 GB model and $699 (US) for the 64 GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16 GB model, $729 (US) for the 32 GB model and $829 (US) for the 64 GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPad will also be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16. Customers can begin pre-ordering their new iPad today, and the incredible iPad 2 is now offered at a more affordable price of $399 (US) for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model and just $529 (US) for the 16 GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

iOS 5.1 and iTunes 10.6 are available today as free software updates. iPhoto, iMovie 1.3 and GarageBand 1.2 are available today for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store (www.itunes.com/appstore). Keynote 1.6, Pages 1.6 and Numbers 1.6 are available today for $9.99 (US) each from the App Store. Updates are available for free to existing customers. By the end of March iPad will be available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
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57 Comments on Apple Launches New iPad

#1
robal
I'm one of these guys that won't buy it on principle...

However, I'm very happy to see this. Beautiful display, good battery life and the price is not astronomical.

I hope this will cause some more proper fight in this market now.
Not based on lawsuits, but innovation and value for money.... WHOA !!! I've just woken up... It's all going to be lawsuits and huge money changing hands based on crap patent law.
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#2
wickerman
random said:
I see this as the same situation as 7970 GPU, its currently the king of GPU's hence there is a nice premium on top of how much it should really cost.
But the new iPad doesn't cost any more then the last iPad cost when it launched. The 6970 launched at like $370 and the 7970 launched at $550 (at least according to the Anandtech launch day reviews 1 2). So are you really paying a premium for the latest tablet when this years model launches at the same price as the last generation, which launched at the same price as the first generation when AMD is charging almost $200 more for their new GPU compared to their last generation?
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#3
TheGuruStud
You can tell their lawsuit losses are mounting. The price isn't 500 for the cheapest one.

HD display on an OS that pisses me off and that's made by crooks or 1280x800 on one that I love (android)?

Nope, still won't and never will give them a dime.
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#4
Completely Bonkers
Well I'm impressed that the Apple site is handling all the bandwidth for the promo video http://www.apple.com/ipad/#video

Device looks great. Hires, improved apps, camera and video recording.

Ultimate PDF reader.

Now I just have to find a way to slave it to the PC as a second screen.

But will it play my flashbooks? Awweeeooohhh wah!

I think I'll get one anyway. Great "all family" device.
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#5
ktr
2048 x 1536 is impressive, but 4:3 is not. Black bars anyone? Pathetic mistake by Apple.
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#6
coldtortilla
Specs are alright, my mind isn't blown. Tablets are still useless to me. No flash = no money from me.
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#7
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
once again apple leads the way.
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#8
random
wickerman said:
But the new iPad doesn't cost any more then the last iPad cost when it launched.
That's because iPad seems to have always been on top since its release, if AMD's 6970 was significantly faster than the GTX 580 it'd be priced over 500-600 as well, GPU wise the competition is a 1v1 duel so of course in those terms the prices will fluctuate alot more but tablet wise we still haven't seen a tablet that is as widely marketed since the release of iPad 1, many claimed to be "iPad Killers" but only apple did the killing in the end :S.
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#9
NC37
Still see these as a market for casual folks or professionals. I know older folks not that computer literate that would love these things, and then I know some businesses that do too. But, I also saw how badly they implemented these at my work last year. Lot of complaints and in the end they just went back to doing things the old way.
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#10
Soylent Joe
I've been saving up, sold my old tablet and netbook. Going to buy the 32GB in black as soon as Target has them (I've got up to 20% off at Target) and I'll love it. It's going to be magical.

What are people's thoughts on cases for this thing? I saw that the only different dimension is a few millimeters in thickness. Would some sort of back shield for iP2 still work on this?

Also just so I'll know ahead of time, what do I need to do to get a MKV to play on iOS?
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#11
wickerman
coldtortilla said:
Specs are alright, my mind isn't blown. Tablets are still useless to me. No flash = no money from me.
Adobe has already abandoned flash on mobile devices themselves. So don't expect to be opening your wallet anytime soon. Adobe has shifted focus to HTML5 and creation of tools that will allow their flash content to be converted into the universal standard...HTML5. Apple seemed to have been right all along not to waste resources on technology that was clearly on its way out.
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#12
radrok
Soylent Joe said:
Also just so I'll know ahead of time, what do I need to do to get a MKV to play on iOS?
Something like this?
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#13
Super XP
Wonderful, Apple, another overpriced device to add to your junk pile.
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#14
hv43082
Pre-ordered the white ipad 3. I'm excited about the new screen resolution and features.
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#15
bostonbuddy
Can't complain since it's cheaper then some monitors at that resolution
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#16
ktr
wickerman said:
Adobe has already abandoned flash on mobile devices themselves. So don't expect to be opening your wallet anytime soon. Adobe has shifted focus to HTML5 and creation of tools that will allow their flash content to be converted into the universal standard...HTML5. Apple seemed to have been right all along not to waste resources on technology that was clearly on its way out.
Which is great because HTML5 is far superior to Flash.
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#17
Completely Bonkers
ktr said:
Which is great because HTML5 is far superior to Flash.
True. But a lot of legacy material requires rebuilding or gets lost.

Also, all those nice PDF-2-flash documents on websites are unusable. Shame, because at 2048x1536, the iPad3 would have made the perfect PDF reader.
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#18
Horrux
Depth said:
1m² = 1m x 1m
2m² = 2m x 2m
Surface area in this case increases by 4. The power needed to render and process increased surface/pixels is simply way too much to justify squeezing it into a 24 inch monitor.

To put it bluntly, tell me how the hell this image would benefit from more pixels

http://www.pcgameshardware.com/screenshots/original/2009/07/Crysis_Downsampling_6400x4000_10.jpg
Correction: 2m² = 1.4142m x 1.4142m

And your link doesn't work. If we can get 6400 x 4000 on a 27" monitor, I'll be very happy with it. AND you can't make a case about resolution using our current monitors, given that what we can see is already limited by our current resolution...
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#19
nt300
Super XP said:
Wonderful, Apple, another overpriced device to add to your junk pile.
I have to agree way too overpriced for so little. There better options and features with other tablets.
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#20
heky
I still dont get it how people believe this Apple PR shit. How is 2048 x 1536 impresive? Toshiba released its 2560 x 1600 6.1" display last year already. Thats 495dpi! So somebody explain to me, how anything that Apple makes is impresive and über and whatnot?
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#21
xenocide
I'd rather get the Asus or Samsung tablets with the 1920x1200 or 1920x1080 screens.
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#22
joyman
This many pixels in such small screen is actually pointless. It just has bad effect - bigger resolution mean bigger stress on GPU portion and in games and such will require much more powerful hardware. Since the hardware is powerful for about 900x480 like resolution when it s more than double it will suck big time. And people eyes wont make big difference from 720p to bigger resolution. If it was CRT type screen more pixels is always a good thing, but with physical pixels not so much I think.
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#23
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
heky said:
I still dont get it how people believe this Apple PR shit. How is 2048 x 1536 impresive? Toshiba released its 2560 x 1600 6.1" display last year already. Thats 495dpi! So somebody explain to me, how anything that Apple makes is impresive and über and whatnot?
Too bad you can't find it anywhere. And that resolution in a tablet for $499 coupled with good hardware is kinda sweet.

xenocide said:
I'd rather get the Asus or Samsung tablets with the 1920x1200 or 1920x1080 screens.
Where can I find those? The only ones I know about are 1280x800 or 1366x ... whatever it is.
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#24
entropy13
Rejoice, for the Holy Apple has once again released a groundbreaking, trailblazing product!

Much praise to the Blessed Company! We are once again heavenly graced by its Light! Blessed are those that live the Words of the Holy Apple!

May the non-believers finally repent in the face of this beacon of enlightenment, to further make this world a better place for all of us, in the name of the Holy Apple, the Blessed Company and our Lord Steve Jobs.
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