And that's the name of it too, not iPad 3 or iPad HD -- the new iPad (at least for now.
Twitter is alive with the news, and there are many news articles on what the changes are.
Am posting this because it will be of interest to those watching both the iPad and the Kindle Fire. One representative piece is by here's the thing.
What stood out for me is that with the new very-high-resolution 'Retina' feature, it's still ~$500 -- no increase in price -- to begin (with no 3G or 4G), which means almost every iPad owner will probably get one, as will those who were hesitating to get iPad 2.
Edward Boyhan reminded me that I probably should include the display numbers.
The older iPads both have a resolution of 1024 x 768 on a 9.7" display, with a pixel density of 132 pixels per inch (PPI).
The new iPad has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 on the same sized-device, with a pixel density of 264 PPI.
Apps would usually need to be rewritten to take advantage of this, as many are written for lower resolution displays. This doubling of pixel density over older iPads will definitely make a difference, which will probably be even more noticeable for text on screen. See the 'other articles referenced' at the bottom for Gizmodo's article on what this means to data plans insofar as limits are concerned.
For Kindle Fire users -- the Kindle Fire's tablet, half the size of an iPad (but longer, which works well for today's 16:9 movie width) has a resolution of 1024 x 600, which is one reason video has looked so good on it - similar number of pixels to the older iPads (though with a longer length screen) on a considerably smaller surface.
My Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1" tablet has a 1280 x 800 AMOLED display.
On the smaller Kindle Fire screen, the 1024 x 600 looks really good, especially on wide-screen movies, and you can see why. [End of update]
It has its own, fast, dual-core A5X processor with a quad-core graphics processing unit (GPU) and a better 5 MB camera with 1080p video recording and image stablization. While the main application processor has just two cores (as do most tablets right now, including the Kindle Fire), the quad-core GPU is what will help optimize the Retina display
It's slightly thicker and a tad heavier than the iPad 2, at 1.4 pounds vs 1.3 pounds
Battery life will the same, about 9 hours on a charge while using 4G (the usual time would be 10 hours w/o 4G) but of course that'll depend on what you're using it for. Video-watching will consume more battery power than reading an e-book or even a web news article.
The new 4G connection via AT&T is of course fast. I have that (under AT&T) with my Samsung Galaxy 2S and there's no lag with movies
The iPad 2 is now selling for $100 less, with the non-3G/4G version that has 16 GB going for $399, or twice the cost of the Kindle Fire. Maybe Amazon will update the new TV ad to include this information :-) Amazon has been selling iPad 2 but they're now mostly sold by 3rd parties and they are charging more, so I won't link to them until they go down.
32 GB "new" iPad will be $599 and the 64 GB one $699.
As before, getting a 3G/4G module will cost an additional $130 for the capability (or $629 for the minimum 16 GB model, but I haven't seen anything re the monthly data charges and whether there's a change or not.
I don't pay more for the 4G connectivity on my AT&T data plan for the Samsung Galaxy S2 phone (which just received the "Best Smartphone award" at the Mobile World Conference, presented by GSMA (Global System for Mobile Association), so there's a chance that won't change.
But now I see one reason Apple has been suing Samsung all over the planet, and Samsung has countersued. Even in Germany, where Apple rules even more than usual, Samsung S2 sales were larger than the iPhone 4S, which surprised many.
But I digress -- the 4G connection at AT&T now available with the new iPad will be a real plus. I have phone tethering capabiity on mine and that means your 3G/4G tablet can run a few other devices by providing its own 'WiFi' umbrella for them.
In my tests, each of 3 devices for which my Samsung S2 phone and AT&T provide WiFi, as needed (battery drainer), are at the rate of 5-6 mbps for each device (a Kindle Fire, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, and one of my Kindle e-Ink readers.
At any rate, that's one of the new features -- the tethering or the ability of the 3G/4G New iPad to double as a mobile WiFi hotspot. The link explains how this works.
(Would Steve Jobs have released the new iPad without a more solid name?)
It'll come with AppleCare+ -- two years coverage of accidental damage if you order no extras.
New iPad seekers can pre-order today from Apple's store and the new model will be in stores March 16 in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, and Germany
Information Week's Eric Zeman looks at what "What Apple Left Out" [Not much]
. Siri - the popular feature is on iPhone 4S's but Apple has used a simpler one, which will translate and place that 'translation' in the text field. Siri can handle various other tasks.
. No main quad-core application processor, though it has a quad-core graphics processing unit, for smooth functioning of Retina display.
. No new iOS although Apple will begin distributing iOS 5.1 update today. It "adds support for iTunes Match (movies), Siri in Japanese [if the device has Siri] and the latest version of iTunes."
Zeman says that according to Apple.com, "the new iPad" is the new name.
I saw a headline from WebProNews's John Vinson asking,
"Will the next one be called 'New New' ?"
and nicely punning that the new iPad is "Resolutionary" and with some other whimsical thoughts on it.
Other articles referenced
Gizmodo, by Andrew Tarantola, on how the iPad's higher resolution will affect how soon you might reach the data cap for a month and why. [Updated later in the afternoon]
Wall Street Journal, by Ian Sherr
Their video mentions that you'll get a 5% discount buying at Target (when using the RedCard option, good for all goods, as Edward Boyhan points out).
Washington Post, by Hayley Tsukayama and Cecilia Kang.
You can stream the event now.
Kindle Touch 3G, US-only Kindle Touch WiFi (US) Kindle Touch WiFi-Only, outside US
Kindle Keybd 3G (UK: Kindle Keybd 3G) K3 Special Offers K3-3G Special Offers DX
Check often: Temporarily-free recently published ones
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers. Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published free books, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.
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