Today, Apple (as had happened every year for past two years) announced “The New iPad”. Here’s a brief of the important points you should know from our @GStyleMagazine and our sister site @TechWeLike Twitter feed.
Available today for pre-orders on Apple website. In stores starting, March 16th, 2012
Same pricing point as iPad 2 was; 16gb for $499 wifi, etc etc. The prices on iPad 2 are dropiing by about $100 per model. So this makes a good time to go for an iPad 2 as well.
Not just 3G anymore; now in 4G LGE from AT&T and Verizon (both models are also 3G Worldwide Ready). Apple showed 5 photos downloaded on 4G LGE before 1 downloaded via current 3G. Now the new iPad supports HSPA+ for up to 21Mbps, and if you havenâ€™t heard about dual-carrier HSDPA for up to 42Mbps. LTE for max of 72Mbps.
Use The New iPad as a hotspot if you have that service.
Retina Display: better look, colors, more “real” looking. 2048 x 1536 pixels (there are 264 pixels per inch in this display)! Put another way,you all have an HDTV at home , 1080p â€” the New iPad has more pixels. Thatâ€™s incredible. Best mobile display on market.
Same size, weight, and available colors (Black or White) as iPad 2.
Quad-core A5X processor. More power! Battery last 10 plus hours, 9 hours on 4G LTE.
5-megapixel iSight camera – Auto-exposure, auto-focus, auto-face detection, great edge-to-edge detail, AF-lock, backside illumination sensor. Tap to focus, and tap to set exposure functions. Built-in face detection that automatically balances focus and exposure across up to 10 faces. An Æ’/2.4 aperture and a five-element lens, hybrid infrared filter â€” typically reserved for expensive SLR cameras â€” keeps out harmful IR light for more accurate, uniform colors.
HD video recording now in 1080p resolution. Publisher, Jason Anderson isn’t impressed with that feature, although I think it’s cool but I’m a super multimedia reporter. Also now has Built-in stabilization
Seems like no Siri though. We think that’s lame.
Voice dictation feature. Now you can just talk your content though instead of typing.
iPhoto available for iPad as well as more software versions (better iMovie, etc) on The New iPad mentioned.
So out of all this, the question is will you upgrade to The New iPad? I only think it’s worth it if you have the original iPad. I might upgrade from my iPad 2 just because I want a higher gb model not because I really think it’s much better then the iPad 2. Glad to hear Apple isn’t discontinuing the iPad 2, just lowering price.