Is it heavier? Faster? How do old apps look? How's the LTE? You asked, we answered
By Dan Nosowitz and John MahoneyPosted 03.20.2012 at 2:40 pm 21 Comments
The new iPad is an uncomplicated update. It's a spec bump year, not a redesign year: what's different, aside from the stunning high-res Retina display, is mostly inside. Internal specifications are important, but what matters most is how it feels to actually use. We've been using the new iPad since Friday, chatting with you guys on Twitter all the while, and here we've pulled together our review as a list of frequently asked questions and answers aimed to help you make that all-important decision: to buy or not to buy?
The new iPad's screen is apparently so amazing it can't be described in words (though we're certainly going to try; look for our review early next week). But images can sometimes tell the story more effectively, anyway. Lukas Mathis over at Ignore the Code stuck the new iPad, as well as about a dozen other gadgets, under a microscope to check out what the pixels look like way up close, at 80x magnification.
The newest iPad's new Retina display is a marvel of engineering: a combination of exacting manufacturing, advancements in LCD technology (smaller transistors lead to smaller pixels, which equals higher pixel density at lower power), and possibly some gypsy magic paid for with Jonathan Ive's toenails. With four times the resolution to work with, apps are going to look almost painfully sharp. But it's not an immediate win/win: almost everything that currently looks crystal-clear on an iPad's screen will need a high-resolution overhaul to look equally good spread across 3.1 million pixels.
Apple just announced the newest iPad, which will be called the iPad, and not the iPad 3 or iPad HD or iPad: Eddie Bauer Edition or with any other modifier. The big hits: it's got a better screen ("better" in this case meaning Apple has stolen all the pixels in the world and crammed them into the new iPad), a faster processor, an optional 4G LTE chip, and some software updates.
One of the smaller rumors going around about today's Apple event predicts that Apple will release a new version of its little black set-top box, Apple TV. A sub-rumor suggests that this Apple TV might incorporate Siri, Apple's voice-command Lady of Wonder. Siri on Apple TV could legitimately be the first alternative way to control your TV that isn't actually worse than a black plastic stick with buttons on it.
Oh hey, looks like it's Apple Event Day! Apple will be announcing (almost certainly, anyway) a new iPad, which may be called the iPad 3 or the iPad HD, the latter moniker coming from the rumored inclusion of an ultra-high-resolution "Retina" display like the iPhone 4's. The fun starts at 1PM EST, and we recommend the liveblog run by the folks at GDGT. Check out our earlier post for a quick check on the rumor situation, but otherwise, sit back and enjoy the show (not that you'll really be able to avoid it).
Apple just sent out invites to what, with our Holmesian deduction skills, we can safely say will be an event announcing the next iPad. It'll be held on March 7th in Apple's favorite announcement spot, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and of course we will be breathlessly reporting the details of the gadget that will inspire us to throw our current iPads out of the 9th-floor windows of our office in disgust.