So the new iPad (which I will probably still call the iPad 3) has arrived, and I've migrated my contents and settings from my iPad 2 to it.
While some of my existing cases are too wedded to the iPad 2 form factor, my REV360 from Hub Innovations
is fitting the bill nicely.
Unfortunately, Apple doesn't allow SD card expansion and even the camera connection kit is limited in utility. If you haven't decided which model of the new iPad to buy, or if you wish the iPad or or iPhone you already own had more storage, you might want to consider the Wi-Drive from Kingston
I have been using a new iPad case from x-doria.com called the Widge
. It's a protective hard foam case in the shape of a wedge. It looks a bit like an oversized doorstop, but the shape gives you two different angles for viewing and typing, but it also provides a couple of ways to grip the Widge.
If you're like me, you ordered the new iPad as soon as Apple's servers allowed, and you are waiting patiently (or perhaps impatiently) for it to arrive. Now is the time to think about protection. In fact, I sold my old iPad at SellYourMac.com
and got full price because it was in such good shape. I keep my iPads and iPhones in cases pretty much full time and they look brand new.
Now keep in mind, the new iPad is slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, and has a bigger opening for the camera, so there's a chance your old case might not work.
Today's big news was the new iPad, but Apple kicked things off with an upgrade to the Apple TV. It was a minor update, supporting 1080p, rather than the "cracking" that Steve Jobs alluded to in the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. If you're not concerned about the new higher resolution, the previous generation is available at a bargain basement $69 price if you don't mind a refurb and if you can get through to the Apple Store! I've bought refurbished Apple products (including an Apple TV) and aside from the packaging, you get a like new product at a great deal. In fact, while placing my order for a new iPad, I added a $99 refurbished iPad nano which will find a home on my wrist.
The new iPad offers 4G LTE, which offers great promise. But before you spend the extra $130 (plus monthly fees) for the LTE model, take a long look at the Verizon and AT&T coverage maps. When I did, it was clear to me that Verizon was the way to go, even though I have my family's cellphones on AT&T. AT&T simply doesn't have the 4G LTE coverage I need in my home and surrounding area. The benefit to having both providers is I should always be able to get online, either with my iPhone or new iPad!
Here are the links to AT&T and Verizon. Make sure you are looking at 4G LTE.
I wrote earlier that high speed 4G LTE capability is finally a compelling reason, for me at least, to look past the WiFi-only model. In addition, the enhancements to the camera (5 megapixel iSight), iPhoto app, 1080p resolution for videos, Retina Display apps (which will consume more storage) it is becoming clear that the 16GB version may also be inadequate.
Now there is a compelling reason to step up from a WiFi-only iPad. With 4G LTE, your transfer speeds can reach as high as 73Mbps, far better than 3G. 3G will still work, even around the world.
Finally your iPad can outpace your iPhone. This makes it more practical to get a 4G iPad than tether to a slower iPhone, and share that data plan. In fact, your iPad can now be a personal hotspot, to share its 4G LTE goodness with other devices, if your carrier supports that.
Make sure your carrier has decent 4G LTE coverage in your area. I might use Verizon for my new iPad while I still use AT&T for my iPhone 4, to give me the broadest coverage.
"The new iPad"
With those words, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, and Phil Schiller, VP, introduced the Retina Display version of our favorite tablet. Never has so much emphasis been placed on dots-per-inch, but it's worth it.
With the new 2048x1536 display, you have 3.1 million pixels, at 264dpi, which is slightly less resolution than the iPhone 4 but close to print quality (typically 300dpi) and pixels disappear, text is printed quality, photos are beautiful and your desktop monitor is now obsolete, not to mention the older iPads. (Check out my article regarding SellYourMac.com to unload it!)
A few numbers of note from today's Apple event:
585,000 apps, 25 billion downloaded (as noted a few days ago.) 200,000 specifically formatted for iPad!
315 million iOS devices through 2011
62 million iOS devices in Q4 2011
15.4 million iPads in Q4 2011 (they claim HP sold 15.1 million PCs in that quarter!)
362 retail stores, 110 million visitors in Q4 2011 including the bustling Grand Central store (I was there, the day a petition was submitted to improve working conditions at Foxconn.)
100 million iCloud users - Once your data is in the iCloud, it's unlikely you'll want to leave the Apple ecosystem and have to deal with transferring your iLife! And that my friends, is why it's free!