After months of speculations and dozens of rumors that circulated, Apple Inc. has finally released the next generation of tablet PC, the iPad 3. So what can gadget lovers and Apple fans expect from the new iPad?
During the launch of the iPad 3, Tim Cook gave a view of the future in which desktop computers will no longer be the centre of everyone’s digital lives, as it will now be dominated by their tablet PCs. Here is a run down of the features of the new tablet from Apple:
- Display: The iPad 3 offers a higher resolution with its retina display feature. It has 2048×1536 pixels, which offers four times as many pixels as the 1024×768 pixels of the iPad 2. This display resolution is close to the display resolution of HD TV. The geeks love this feature, as the human eye can no longer see adjacent pixels making the display clearer and crisper. The gamers would be ecstatic over this and Apple is already developing games that would take full advantage of this pixel detail and hopefully more developers will follow because as of now, not many applications have been developed to fully enjoy the retina display feature of the new iPad.
- Processor: The new iPad uses an A5X processor with a quad core GPU. Apple says that it will power up the processing of the tablet but benchmarks said that there is not much difference between the processing power of iPad 2 and iPad 3.
- Camera: iPad users wished that Apple will improve the camera on their next release of the iPad and it was answered by the 5-megapixel resolution of iPad 3’s back camera. It also shoots high-definition video at 30 frames per second ability. And now that iMovie is already available on iPad, users would be more encourage to use their tablet to shoot movies, edit it using iMovie and upload it directly in You Tube, Facebook or other sites from their iPad.
- Battery: iPad 3 offers 70% more power as its predecessor with its 42.5 watt-hour capacity, compared to 25Wh for the iPad 2 but it still have the same battery life as iPad 2 – 9 hours if use for calls, 10 hours when playing music and video and 10-hours for WiFi surfing. This is probably because the retina display feature of the iPad 3 is eating up a lot of battery life too.
- Connectivity: iPad 3 supports 4G network and HSPA, which is faster, compared to available connectivity now like 3G.
- Storage Capacity: There wererumors circulating before its release that Apple will release a 128 GB iPad, but the new tablet is still available in the same storage capacity as iPad 2 which comes in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB capacity. But with the introduction of iCloud, storage capacity is no longer an issue as users do not need to store their files, photos and videos on the device as they can save it in the cloud and have easy access to it from any of their iOS devices.
- Siri: Unfortunately, Siri is still not available with the new iPad 3. It came with a voice dictation software instead which is nothing better than the third party apps that are already available.
To summarize, the only improvement of iPad 3 is the display resolution and the camera. Other than that, it has nothing more to offer that its predecessor is not capable of. iPad 3 then can be for the original iPad owners who wants to upgrade to a thinner tablet that offers a high-resolution camera or for those who are thinking of getting their first tablet PC.
Will it replace desktop PCs as what Tim Cook has pitched in his presentation? There is still a gray of cloud to that but one thing is for sure, Apple has successfully made a mark again with the iPad 3 and has put its company a mile ahead among the other tablet and android makers.
The iPad 3 allows users to browse the net and watch HD videos. The screen is perfect for watching movies due to the high quality that is available. For anyone that is a member of a movie service such as Now TV or LOVEFiLM then the iPad 3 would be perfect for you.
This is a guest post by Abie. Abie is a content writer and tech blogger who works for Pak30.com where you can get Eastpak backpacks.