New Generation iPad: Welcome to the “Resolution”

New Generation iPad: Welcome to the “Resolution”

The new iPad has officially been unleashed, bringing with it a flurry of frantic online orders and the infamous campsites of Apple fans outside of its retail stores. The anticipation of Apple’s latest edition to their tablet range was undeniable, as stock for its online orders sold out within 6 days. In a statement by Apple, “customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased”, so expect to wait 2-3 weeks for the new iPad if you aren’t prepared to battle the hordes at Apple stores. Among Apple fans patience is a requirement but not always a virtue.

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So, what makes the new iPad so, as Apple termed it, “resolutionary?”

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More pixels than a 1080p high-def TV

 

The New iPad has double the resolution of the iPad 2, boasting a 2048 by 1536 pixels. So, the total number of pixels is 3.1 million, and a pixel density of 264 pixels per inch. This contributes to the term “Retina Display” where the human eye cannot make out individual pixels.

iOS 5.1iOS 5.1

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  • The new OS includes a number of bug fixes aimed at improving battery life and addressing the issue of audio dropping out on outgoing calls
  • Redesigned camera app
  • Camera shortcut now always visible on the lock screen

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A5X-chipNew Processor

Uses Apple’s new dual core A5X processor with quad core graphics (reportedly performs  four times better that the quad core nVidia Tegra 3)

 

iSight Camera ExtrusioniSight Camera

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  • Updated 5 megapixels rear facing camera with a sophisticated five element lens (pictured above) with infrared filter (which creates more accurate, uniform colours), an image signal processor built into the new A5X CPU and a bigger aperture for better and brighter images
  • The FaceTime camera found on the iPad 2 hasn’t disappeared, but has been upgraded to be capable of recording HD video at 1080p

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iPhoto AppNew iPhoto App ($5.49)

In conjunction with the release of the new iPad, Apple revealed the iPhoto app for iPhones and iPad (both iPad 2 and the new iPad). The iPhoto app, which was previously only available on Macs, brings a new contender to the already competitive photo apps market.

 

4G LTE for everyone! Except Australia…

 

It should come as no surprise that the new iPad is 4G capable. However, the real surprise was the new iPad only supports LTE running on 700/2100 MHz, while Telstra’s 4G network runs on 1800MHz. So for the time being, Australians will miss out on experiencing 4G on their new iPad. However, as a consolation prize the new iPad takes full advantage of Telstra’s DC-HSPA network, potentially capable of reaching a maximum of 42Mbps, but Telstra recorded typical download speeds are 21.1 Mbps in Australian capital CBDs, airports, selected metropolitan areas and regional areas. If we can’t have 4G at least we have faster 3G.

 

Check out Apple’s Latest video about the new iPad…

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