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.
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).
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.