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Apple Reveals the "New iPad"

clock March 7, 2012 00:16 by author Jeremy

Earlier today in an Apple-event, the "New iPad" (which, so far, is the official name) was unveiled with all its specs and glory. Alongside the New iPad was also the new Apple TV (priced at $99) and a price-drop for the iPad 2 (lowest price being the 16GB WiFi model at $399).

So what is it that makes the New iPad so special? For starters, lying at the very core of the tablet itself is the new A5X processor. The iPad 2 ran off of the A5 chip, which performs twice as fast as the Tegra 3; now, the new A5X will offer four times the performance that the Tegra 3 does. Along with quad-core graphics, the New iPad is sure to run a multitude of apps much faster.

But why would we need faster speeds when the iPad 2 was fast enough already? To handle the new Retina Display, of course! The New iPad runs a 2048 x 1536 display, with 3.1 million pixels - that's over a million more pixels than a 1080p, 1920 x 1080 display! And to match these new graphics and settings, Apple has bumped up the resolution of previously-existing apps and games by themselves, with no trouble to the developers whatsoever. 

Of course, another good way to test out the new speed, is to test out the new camera: the New iPad touts a 5 megapixel rear camera, with an illuminated sensor, 5-element lens, IR filter, and ISP built into the A5X chip. That same camera can also start recording in 1080p.

Consumers must be wondering, however, whether this will all affect the battery life, which previously lasted for 10 hours on the iPad 2. The New iPad comes with a new Li-Poly battery though, rated at 42.5WHr, which is enough for Apple to claim the 10-hour mark yet again (though it's 9 hours if running on 4G).

Speaking of 4G: the New iPad is considered to be "World-Ready", meaning it can roam world-wide and still have 3G access, due to having numerous bands implemented into it. However, while on a 4G network, Apple claims it will have 21Mbps HSPA+ and 42Mbps DC-HSDPA. Both AT&T and Verizon have been confirmed as carriers for 4G models.

And the icing on this cake? Siri is back - however, she doesn't play as large of a part on the New iPad as she does on an iPhone 4S. Currently, Siri will only perform voice dictations; a new voice-button is located at the bottom of the keyboard for those who simply can't be bothered to type. 

Pre-orders start today, and the New iPad is available starting March 16th.

Sources: engadget



Apple's Marth 7th Event: Possibly the New iPad 3

clock February 28, 2012 23:55 by author Jeremy

There are probably more rumors going around about the iPad 3 than there are about the new kid that joins your high school mid-year. "I heard this iPad 3 was kicked out of his last school for fighting!" Oh yeah? Well I heard that this iPad 3 will a slightly upgraded processor. Gasp! Oh, rumors.

However, after much gossiping and waiting, we finally have a real piece of information about it, in the form of a launch event. On 10 AM of Wednesday, March 7th, Apple will hold a more-than-likely iPad-related-event in the Yerba Buena Center for Arts Theater in San Francisco. Why is it "more than likely", you ask? Well, the picture they've sent above seems to relay that message to us fairly clearly.

Source: theverge

 



Battery Life: iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

clock June 17, 2011 01:00 by author Jeremy

A recent article on AllThingsD by Katherine Boehret compared the differences between the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. While the prices are the same for each ($499 for the 16GB WiFi model, $599 for the 32GB WiFi model), differences include the camera, the physical size, and the app market.

Most importantly, however, was the difference in battery life. Boehret's testing (which included 75% screen brightness, WiFi-enabled, and a video loop) concluded that the iPad 2 would last just slightly over 10 hours, while the Galaxy Tab ran at a measly 5 hours 38 minutes in comparison.

Sure, the Galaxy Tab may be just a bit thinner (and really, who doesn't like sleek?) and have better camera quality; but is it worth half the battery life? Granted, it's doubtful people will be using the battery constantly like Boehret did in her testing, so I'm sure that the battery lasts longer than 5 hours on average. Nonetheless, it's something to consider when purchasing a tablet.

Source: AllThingsD

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For Both the Living and Deceased, There's Just As Many iPad 2's As iPhone 5's

clock April 6, 2011 01:04 by author Jeremy

It's almost crazy how repitition has worked its way into our yearly lifestyle. For example, we expect that every June, at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, we'll get a new iPhone. Meanwhile, the iPad-series gets their own special release date, which also follows the 12-month rule. For a few months before a release, rumors are rampant; whereas a few months after a release, shortages occur.

Currently, we're seeing an overlap in the rumors/shortages department, thanks to the iPhones and iPads having different release schedules. As the world prepares for the WDC in June, we listen to every bit of gossip that even remotely resembles the words "iPhone 5"; simultaneously, we're all out of iPad 2's, even for some who waited in the legendary Apple lines on opening day.

Oddly, we're not the only ones out of iPad 2's. It's not only happening all around the world, but now even in other worlds. What am I talking about, you ask? Why, the deceased, of course!

In China, the deceased are believed to have just as many needs and wants as the living do. Like in ancient Egyptian times, the Chinese will leave gifts at the resting places of loved ones; the difference is that the Chinese leave paper replicas. Though, if it can be afforded, some people will even purchase the real products to leave at tombstones and graves.

Recently, paper vendors in China have begun running low on their iPad and iPhone paper bundles. It's somewhat unfortunate that even the deceased are having trouble getting a copy of the same technology that we're after. Makes you wonder though if they hear the same rumors that we do about the next iPhone 5 supposedly coming out in June. Go ahead, let yourself ponder that one; I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.

Source: tgdaily.com

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iPad 2 - Faster, Thinner, and App-tastic

clock March 4, 2011 01:08 by author Jeremy

 

Apple's event on March 2nd held big news for tablet-lovers across the globe: the official release of the iPad 2, being sold in stores starting March 11. Steve Jobs himself took a break from his medical leave to narrate the event, which shows just how important the arrival of the iPad 2 is.

To quote the ever-so-popular Daft Punk, the iPad 2 is, simply-put, "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger". Jobs claimed that it was roughly 33% thinner than the previous model, and comes with not only a dual-core processor but also the new A5 chip, which supposedly works 9x faster than the A4 chip in the original iPad. However, it will retain the same 10-hour life span per charge.

One of the most exciting pieces announced during the event was, oddly enough, a cover. Not to be confused with a "case" mind you, as Jobs specifically mentioned a few times during the event. This new iPad Cover (iCover?) uses magnets to clip onto your iPad 2 with precision. The Cover can be manipulated in several ways: use it as its name implies (which will also clean your screen thanks to the material used on the iPad-side), or use it as a stand in either horizontal- or vertical-view. The Cover will come in either polyurethane for $39, or leather for $69; each type will have 5 different colors of your choosing.

Jobs also placed a heavy emphasis on FaceTime, which can be used from either the front or back camera. These cameras will definitely come in handy, as one of the newest additions to the iPad 2 is the introduction of an HDMI-out plug.

  

Now, imagine FaceTime on your extra large television at home, thanks to this handy little plug. The same plug even allows your iPad 2 to be charged simultaneously.

The iPad 2 will have 2 new arrivals on the app market: iMovie and GarageBand.

  

iMovie will let you become the director of your own films. By using the cameras, or uploading videos from your computer, you can edit the movies by mixing and matching, cutting and pasting, or even overriding the sound with various sound effects.

  

Meanwhile, GarageBand is exactly what it sounds like: be your own band. The app comes with a variety of instruments, ranging from your classic guitar to various types of pianos. The music from these touch-intuitive instruments can be recorded, edited, and uploaded.

 

 

With the iPad Cover, Facetime, front-and-back cameras, an HDMI-out plug, and 2 new apps, it's clear that Apple pulled all the stops on this creation. Now, the only question that remains is, are you going to buy one?

Source/Pictures: engadget.com



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