iPad 3 Launched, details

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    First glimpse of the next big thing from Apple

    By Patrick Goss

    5 hours ago

    The new Apple iPad has finally arrived bringing with it a superlative Retina Display, quad-core graphics A5X processor, better connectivity and an improved camera.

    Much of the pre-launch talk was about what the new iPad would be called – but Apple cut through that with the slightly odd decision to call it simply the 'new iPad'.

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    Whether this brings confusion, especially with the iPad 2 being kept on sale as part of a range, remains to be seen, but moniker aside; this was an update that brought a wealth of goodies for technophiles and enthusiasts.

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    Apple's iPad 2 launched in March 2011 to a huge fanfare, bringing a whole host of improvements and a thinner, lighter form-factor, but not the heavily tipped HD 'Retina' screen that the iPhone 4 had brought.

    This time around Apple has decided the time is ripe for a brighter, sharper screen with a much higher resolution, and the impact is clear to see.

    That higher resolution is 2048x1536, less than the Retina screen on an iPhone, but designed to be held slightly further away, so Apple has plumped to keep the Retina name because you cannot, in its words, see the pixels at that distance.

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    The actual real-life impact of the improved display is the standout feature of the new iPad; it's crisper, sharper and a genuine and immediate pleasure to use because of this.

    Just browsing through photos in the new iPhoto app is enough to leave the most hardened of screen nuts smiling.

    It's genuinely beautiful – and a huge step on from not only its now cut-price predecessor, but also many of its Android rivals.


    The impact of a new screen even on everyday tasks like browsing is impressive. The resolution shift makes ebsites sharper and easier to read, and lessens the need to zoom in on text.

    Even with the full TechRadar site on screen the words are clear, making the whole experience nicer

    Another major headline is the arrival of an A5X processor with quad-core GPU, making the iPad a hugely powerful device that is quite capable of dealing with hugely complex computational tasks.

    Its predecessor was already perfectly capable of dealing with the vast majority of the everyday needs for a tablet user, but the injection of even more capacity could see a big spike in what applications can offer.

    Expect even more from games on the platform, and a noticeable change in the speed with which the device performs its tasks.

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    We spent a little time with the dreadfully named, but beautifully visual, Sky Gamblers Air Supremacy. You can swoop through the air in stunning visuals and the processor is powerful enough to manage it with not even a hint of stutter.

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    Apple suggested in the launch that people said they preferred gaming in an iPad – and while we are not going to suggest that we agree with this – the enhanced resolution means that this will not disappoint those used to the visuals on a PS3 or Xbox 360.

    It is games like that this that best show the progression of the new iPad over the iPad 2 – the changes may have been predicted, but the overall impact on the device is genuinely impressive.

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    With 1080p movies now available the screen also comes into its own in terms of media playback. The clips we saw of film Tintin were lovely although the resolution is obviously less than the screen is capable of.

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    There is the odd downside - the new iPad is thicker and heavier than its predecessor, although it's not a huge difference in the hand.

    We also can't be too gushing about the transcription built into the device; in a noisy press room the device simply could not intepret our words so we'll be aiming to give that a proper workout in a less difficult environment.

    Our first impressions of the camera for photography and video were good - but again not in the best of environments to give it a proper test - something we will be doing as soon as possible.

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    Conclusion


    Although we're keen to look at a few things more closely - the transcription, the dimensions and the fact that the unit we were losing was running pretty darn hot - this is a tablet that impressed us hugely on its first showing.

    With a wealth of wonderful apps, a more powerful processor, far superior connectivity and a better camera, this is already a step up.

    But it is that display that makes the new iPad stand out from the crowd. It's a beautiful, welcome addition that takes this device back to the top of the tablet tree, and it is likely to bring a massive slice of business to an Apple store near you.

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    New iPad vs iPad 2: which should you choose?

    By Dan Grabham

    4 hours ago

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    So the confusingly-named new iPad has been announced.

    But how does it differ from the iPad 2 - which, coincidentally, will still be available to buy and - better still - has fallen in price.

    The two devices are pretty similar in many ways, so we thought we'd do a straight-down-the-line comparison of the raw specs to see what's been enhanced for the new iPad.

    See what's new in the next-gen iPad in our first look video:

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    It's time for a new iPad vs iPad 2 face-off. Or screen-off, as it turns out...

    New iPad vs iPad 2: Processor

    The original iPad introduced the spoils of Apple's 2008 acquisition of semiconductor company P.A. Semi. The Apple A4 was an ARM Cortex-A8-based core clocked at 1GHz. The iPad 2 introduced the A5, a dual-core chip based on the new ARM Cortex-A9 design. The A5 is clocked at 1 GHz. We don't yet know what the new iPad's A5X is clocked at, but it remains a dual-core chip.

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    New iPad vs iPad 2: Graphics

    What the A5X does have is better graphics capability - with Apple saying the new processor has quad-core graphics. Like the iPhone 4, the iPad and iPad 2 both had an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX-based graphics chip and we expect the new iPad is the same.

    Apple reckons the new graphics are "twice as fast" as Nvidia's Tegra 3, and offers four time the graphics performance of Nvidia's chip. We're not sure Nvidia will let Apple get away with that one - and we're not even sure it can be true - Tegra 3's performance is stunning and the Tegra 3 GPU has 12 GeForce graphics cores...

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    New iPad vs iPad 2: Memory

    Like the original iPad and iPad 2, the new iPad comes loaded with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of what is presumably still Toshiba-manufactured flash storage. iPad 2 packed 512MB of memory, but we don't yet have details on the new iPad, though we reckon it has to be 1GB.

    New iPad vs iPad 2: Display

    The screen is where the big change has happened. The iPad 2 inherited the 1024 x 768 LED-backlit display from the original iPad. The new iPad ups this significantly, with a 2048 x 1536 resolution display that has 264 pixels per inch - the pixels themselves are indistinguishable, just as on the iPhone 4 and 4S. Both are 9.7-inch displays and have a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

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    New iPad vs iPad 2: Communications

    The new iPad ups the ante on the iPad 2 by introducing 4G LTE connectivity alongside the Wi-Fi capability.

    As you'd expect, both have Assisted GPS and digital compass alongside the accelerometer found in all iOS devices and the three-axis gyroscope.

    The new iPad also has separate US models for both the AT&T and Verizon networks, while there's also 21Mbps HSPA+, DC-HSDPA offering 42Mbps. LTE clocks in at 73Mbps. You can also use the new iPad as a Personal Hotspot via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB.

    You also get Bluetooth 4.0 on the new iPad instead of Bluetooth 2.1.

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    New iPad vs iPad 2: camera

    Both models have the same VGA front-facing camera, but round the back the new iSight camera (Tim Cook obviously likes that name) beefs things up to 5 megapixels. There's 1080p video recording instead of 720p and video stabilisation to boot.
    New iPad vs iPad 2: Size and weight

    Unlike the change between the original iPad and iPad 2 when the thickness dropped down to 8.8mm from 13.4mm, there's no such change this time - in fact thickness is slightly more at 9.4mm.

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    Height: 241.2 mm
    Width: 185.7 mm
    Depth: 8.8 mm
    Weight: 601g for Wi-Fi model, 613g for the Wi-Fi and 3G model

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    Height: 241.2 mm
    Width: 185.7 mm
    Depth: 9.4 mm
    Weight: 601g for Wi-Fi model, 622g for the Wi-Fi and 4G model

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    New iPad vs iPad 2: Battery life

    Both offer up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music while there's also a month of promised standby time. If you're using the new iPad on 4G, this drops to 9 hours. There's now a 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery in the new model.
    New iPad vs iPad 2: Pricing

    The iPad 2 is now available in a 16GB version for $399 (Wi-Fi) and $529 (Wi-Fi+3G). iPad 2 will be £329 or £429 in the UK.

    As for the new iPad, for Wi-Fi + 4G, it's $629, $729 and $829 respectively, or £499, £579 and £659 - though the faster data will be of limited use in the UK of course.

    For the Wi-Fi only it's 16GB for $499, 32GB for $599 and 64GB for $699. That's £399, £479 and £559 in the UK.

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    First hands-on review of Apple's new iPad

    by: By Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson in San Francisco
    From: news.com.au
    March 08, 2012 9:06AM

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    The new iPad is 26g heavier and 0.6mm thicker than the iPad 2. Picture: AFP


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    IT feels a little more solid, a little thicker and a little heavier.

    But the most noticeable change to “the new iPad” is its screen... and it’s a great change.

    Apple’s new tablet features a jump in display resolution that is hard to miss.

    The new Retina Display, with four times as many pixels as before, makes everything from photos to videos look crisper and more colourful.

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    The new Retina Display has four times as many pixels as before. Picture: AFP


    Even looking at websites or plain text looks sharper on the screen. It’s as if you’ve just put on a new pair of glasses or worked out how to focus your camera.

    Rear camera upgrade


    The upgraded rear iPad camera also makes a good impression. It may offer a resolution of just five megapixels – despite the iPhone 4S having eight megapixels - but the results speak for themselves.

    Photos from the iPad no longer look like grainy webcam images or dodgy screenshots, but like images taken with a reasonable phone camera.

    You could still look like a dork for taking photos with such a large device, but Apple should not be held responsible for that.

    While hard to test in such a short time, the new iPad is more powerful and the graphical engine appears to deliver the goods in games.

    Great graphics

    When opening Infinity Blade II on the iPad, the graphics look like they had been torn from an Xbox 360 or a PS3. And it didn’t pause.

    While it’s disappointing that only the graphics received quad-core power and not the entire device - the addition will boost its grunt regardless and may prove less demanding of its battery.

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    The one caveat to holding the new iPad is that it is a touch heavier – 26g heavier to be precise. But it is noticeable and Apple may suffer poor comparisons next to its increasingly lightweight rivals.

    The new Apple tablet is also an extra 0.6mm thick. This is noticeable in your hands, but really serves to make it feel sturdier rather than onerous.

    Having the new iPad work on Australia’s burgeoning 4G networks would have made it an undeniably compelling upgrade.

    Despite that disappointment, the screen on this new tablet should convince a lot of existing iPad owners and tablet newbies to invest come March 16. Especially being offered at the same price as the old model.

    Now all it needs is a real name.

    First hands-on review of Apple's new iPad | Tablet PC & iPad News | Herald Sun
     
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    iPad 3: What we didn't get

    by David Carnoy March 7, 2012 11:31 AM PST

    Inevitably, whenever Apple releases a new product, there's a little disappointment over what was missing. Here's a look at some of the things Apple didn't deliver in this iPad release.

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    The dust has finally settled, the rumors have been replaced by facts, and now we know what the new iPad is all about. So what's missing? Or what fell a little short of expectations?

    Here's the quick rundown. Feel free to add to the mix with your own take in the comments section.

    New design: When the iPhone 4S came out, a lot of folks were disappointed Apple didn't deliver the iPhone 5. Instead, we got a souped up version of the iPhone 4 with a better camera and no real design changes (Apple did move the ambient light sensor slightly, but that doesn't count).

    Similarly, the "iPad 3"--Apple isn't calling it that--doesn't really look any different from the iPad 2. Yes, the case is slightly more tapered, but it's not a significant change. In other words, once again almost all the change is on the inside. For some people, that's just fine, but if you were hoping to see a whole new iPad with a new look, you'll have to wait.

    Lighter weight: One of the issues with the iPad is that it remains a little heavy. Alas, with the new Retina display, better cameras, and faster processor, Apple couldn't reduce the weight of the device (it measures 9.4mm thin and weighs 1.44 pounds for the WiFi-only version). To get lighter, Apple would probably have to reduce the size of the battery, but that just wasn't possible in moving to the high-resolution display (Apple says battery life remains at 10 hours). As it stands the new iPad weighs about an ounce more than the iPad 2.

    An A6 processor: Prior to launch, there was lots of chatter about what kind of chip would power the next iPad. After the iPhone 4S got a modified version of the A5 processor found in the iPad 2, many presumed the new iPad would get the A6 processor. Instead we got the A5X, which does have a quad-core processor (no disappointment there).

    Apple says the A5X offers "four times the performance" of Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip. Great as that all sounds, it's still no A6.

    A 128GB version: Those holding out for a higher-capacity iPad will have to continue to wait. We're now looking at topping out at 64GB with no expansion slot.

    A 7-incher (the rumored iPad Mini): While we thought the chances were slim that Apple would introduce a smaller iPad at this time, rumors continue to swirl that it will happen sometime this year. After the release of the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet (both now cost $199), we'd like to see what Apple could do at this size. We'll have to wait.

    Siri: Everyone, including this writer, expected Apple to add Siri, the voice-controlled iPhone virtual assistant feature to the next iPad. So where is she? Interestingly, Apple said that new iPad will allow users to dictate e-mails, but didn't mention of Siri, who does more than take dictation.

    iOS 6: Ars Technica reported that it was seeing devices running iOS 6 in logs, sparking hope that Apple might release--or at least tease--iOS 6. Alas, we're only getting iOS 5.1 now. Expect more iOS news to emerge in June at Apple's World Wide Developers conference.

    No name: Well, it looks like Apple's moving away from numbers in its iPad naming scheme like it did with the iPod Touch. For now it's just calling it "the new iPad," but when you actually order it through the Apple Store, what you see in your cart is "Apple iPad (3rd generation)." Perhaps this opens the door to other model names/versions such as the iPad Mini.

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    New Apple TV delivers 1080p, updated interface

    by Matthew Moskovciak March 7, 2012 10:11 AM PST

    Apple's streaming video box gets a bump up to 1080p and a few other minor improvements.

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    As expected, a new Apple TV set-top box was announced at Apple's media event today.

    While the exterior hardware looks nearly identical to the old model's, several new features were announced, including:

    • 1080p movies and TV shows from iTunes Store
    • Redesigned 1080p user interface
    • Ability to re-download purchased movies through iCloud
    • "Genius" recommendations for movies
    • Photo Stream resolution bumped up to 1080p
    • Single-core A5 chip
    • 1080p output

    The new Apple TV will be released on March 16 with the same $99 price as the existing model. Existing, 2nd-gen Apple TV units will be receiving the new user interface via a software update available today. We expect the new model will include all the same features as the existing Apple TV, which you can read about in our full review of the 2nd-gen Apple TV.

    Update: See my hands-on with the Apple TV's redesigned user interface.

    In a related news, Netflix is announcing that the new Apple TV hardware will be fully capable of 1080p Netflix streaming video, and that both 2nd-gen and the new Apple TV will now allow you to purchase Netflix subscriptions through your iTunes account.

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    Apple iOS 5.1: First Take

    by Jason Parker and Kent German March 7, 2012 10:24 AM PST

    iOS 5.1 was announced at Apple's new iPad event today in San Francisco. Get a closer look at the new features and read our first impressions.

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    Just before it unveiled the new iPad at a media event in San Francisco today, Apple announced that iOS 5.1, the next update to the company's mobile operating system, is now available.

    The list of new features isn't extensive and largely consists of bug fixes and interface tweaks. That said, there are a couple of useful additions. Here are the highlights that Apple has listed in iOS 5.1's documentation.

    A Japanese Siri
    This was the only feature of iOS 5.1 that Apple CEO Tim Cook specifically mentioned during his time onstage. Siri, the voice assistant exclusive to the iPhone 4S, now will be able to understand and talk back in Japanese. Though Apple says that the new feature may not be completely available at first, I was able to switch our Verizon iPhone 4S to Japanese without any hiccups. Unfortunately, my knowledge of the language doesn't extend past simple greetings like "Good morning," but CNET's Seth Rosenblatt was able to ask a few questions like, "What is your name?" He said Siri uses a formal vocabulary, but that she responded correctly and he was able to understand her. Just keep in mind that Siri is not a translation service, so if you have her set to Japanese, she will not respond to English commands or questions. And if you're counting, Siri now can converse in four languages: Japanese, English (Australian, British, and American), French, and German.

    Photo Stream
    After Photo Stream debuted as part of iCloud and iOS 5, users quickly complained that once a photo was uploaded to the feature, they couldn't delete it. Fortunately, iOS 5.1 adds that option. So go ahead and take those embarrassing photos at next weekend's party. You can remove them the next day as you nurse your hangover.

    Camera shortcut
    iOS 5 added a nifty lock screen shortcut that allowed users to quickly shoot a photo without having to unlock the iPhone first. The only trouble was that it wasn't always visible, particularly when you really needed it. With today's update, though, the shortcut will be present at all times. What's more, instead of pressing the camera icon to access the camera, you can now slide up the lock screen. I'm not sure the new action is all that improved, but it's there just the same.

    Face detection
    On the iPhone 4S, the camera app now will highlight all faces that it detects when you're trying to snap an image. Of course, it won't always detect a face even when it's squarely in the frame, but when it does you'll see the green box over the person's mug.

    iPad Camera app
    In another small but noticeable interface tweak, the camera shutter has moved from the menu bar at the bottom of the viewfinder to the right side of the frame. And as you rotate your iPad from portrait to landscape mode, the button shifts accordingly.

    Improved audio
    iPad users also are set to get louder and clearer audio when watching television shows and movies. We haven't see a huge difference so far, but we'll never kick an improvement out of bed.

    More Genius
    iTunes Match subscribers now will get Genius Mix and Genius playlist suggestions. Nice, perhaps, for those who use iTunes Match, but not significant to anyone else.

    New podcast controls
    In the last iPad-only addition, you'll see new controls for changing the playback speed on podcasts and rewinding for 30-second segments. The latter is a great feature if you miss a beat while listening to a show and want a quick and easy way to catch it again.

    Updated AT&T network indicator
    If you have an AT&T iPhone 4S, you may notice that a small "4G" icon is now appearing next to the signal strength meter. It will show only when your phone is connecting the carrier's HSDPA network. As we've told you a few times, classifying HSDPA as true "4G" is a bit of a stretch, but that hasn't stopped from AT&T from doing so.

    Bug fixes
    Apple also said that iOS 5.1 addresses bugs that affect battery life and fixes an issue that sometimes caused audio to drop for outgoing calls. Call quality and battery life are two things that make a phone, after all, so we welcome any fixes. We'll have to say, however, if we see performance improvements over time.

    iOS 5.1 is available today through an over-the-air update or by connecting your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to iTunes. We'll add more new features here as we see them, and please tell us in the Comments section if you discover any other changes. For more Apple software news, check out our first impressions of iPhoto, the new iWork apps, GarageBand, and iMovie.

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    Face detection

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    With iOS 5.1, the camera now will highlight all faces that it detects with a green rectangle.

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    In the iPad's camera, the shutter control has moved from the menu at the bar at the bottom of the screen to the right side of the viewfinder.

    Podcast controls

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    iPad users also get new controls for controlling the playback speed and rewinding in 30-second segments. We take assume no responsibility for the content of this podcast.

    4G

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    AT&T iPhone 4S users will see a new "4G" icon when their phone is connecting to the carrier's HSDPA network. Whether that really counts as 4G, however, is another question.

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    You'll see this screen as you download 5.1 through a wireless update.

    iOS 5.1 features

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    Another screen will show you the full list of iOS 5.1 updates, at least those that Apple is telling us about. There should be more additions so we'll be looking for them.

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