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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.
No surprises today, and most of the rumors proved true. The new iPad has a 2048 x 1536 display, a souped-up quad-core graphics processor, a 5 megapixel camera with features similar to that in the iPhone 4S, and high-speed 4G LTE data capability. No Siri, but the device does come with a new dictaction feature. Also announced were new versions of iMovie and Garage Band. Plus, an iPhoto app was introduced that looks very powerful with a ton of features for editing, sharing, etc. It's available now in the App Store for $4.99.
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!
It's a bit late to be reporting rumors, given that in less than 2 hours we'll know the scoop. The wildest rumor is that the new iPad will use a technology that will let the screen feel as if it has textures. You can read more on Cult of Mac. There's speculation that the iPad 3/HD will have the new E-Sense technology that uses electrostatic fields to give the glass screen a feeling of texture depending on what you're looking at — providing a rough, rigid, or rounded feeling.
Following Apple's announcement on March 3rd that the App Store had reached 25 billion downloads (yep, you read that number right!), Apple released a list of the 25 most popular apps of all time. Check out the 25 most downloaded free apps for iPhone and iPad here, courtesy of Huffington Post, and see a full list of the top 25 paid apps here.
Rumors are swirling, and today are complemented with a tease on Verizon's Wireless page that may be related to the iPad. It says "Something Is Coming" and invites you to submit your email address to be alerted to the latest news. Reuters is reporting that the new iPad will have 4G LTE — and that this high-speed data capability is a bet by Apple that you'll want to use your device to watch high-quality video without needing to be in the range of a WiFi hotspot.
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Excitement is building for the March 7 announcement of the iPad 3. Of course, we don't know that it will be called "iPad 3." iMore has posted an excellent preview of the event, summarizing all the rumored features of this new device. Everything points to a high-resolution retina display, improved camera, faster processor, and high-speed LTE data. Their article even includes a summary of the expected features of iOS 5.1, which will be running on the device.
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What's bigger than an iPhone, smaller than a MacBook, and the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone? On January 27, at a special invitation only event at the San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steve Jobs announced Apple's new "magical, revolutionary product" -- the iPad. Meant to fill the gap between the laptop and phone, Jobs said it was "way better" than either. Let's take a look at it.
Thin, lightweight, and powerful
The iPad shares many hardware features with the iPhone, including an accelerometer, an orientation sensor to switch from portrait to landscape mode, solid-state memory, and the same 30-pin doc connector. Connectivity is also virtually the same, with wireless 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR included on all models.
iPad runs iPhone apps!
The iPad will run a version of iPhone OS, and the new device can run virtually any app developed for the iPhone or iPod touch. Aps developed for the iPhone can run on the iPad in native resolution but is large enough to touch type on.
The larger screen not only makes familiar iPhone apps like Calendar, Mail, and Safari look stunning, it also provides screen real estate for more complex elements in the UI. For example, Calendar display a split-sreen view that describes the day's appointments on the left and shows you a color map of used time slots on the right. The split-screen view in Contacts displays you contacts list on the left and the full information for the contact you've selected on the right.
An ebook reader and more
Although not build into the iPad, Apple will offer a free app called iBooks, which will allow you to download and read books from it's new virtual bookstore. The new iBooks store will be accessed from and as easy to use as iTunes.
The ultimate media device?
The iPad is not the world's first tablet PC or the first eBook reader. Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, and others sell Windows-based tablets, and Amazon has had considerable success with it's Kindle. But Apple thinks the iPad will reinvent the category by offering a vastly superior multi-touch interface an easy access to a wide-variety of apps and media via iTunes. Aple hopes to make the iPad the ultimate media device by leveraging it's existing assets which include over 100 million paying iTunes customers, established relationships with music and video content providers, and over 100,000 iPhone OS app developers.