The big event came and went. We learned about the 3rd generation iPad, simply called “iPad”. Jeffrey walks you through the event, what is new on the device, what Apple might have missed, and if you should really upgrade from your iPad2.
This is the biggest advance of the iPad. With a new way to produce LED technology, they can make the LED lights a lot smaller, therefore create a resolution of 2048×1536 on the 9.7 inch device. Otherwise known at 2k resolution, the new iPad will have a higher quality than your HD TV. Imagine if this technology does get into your TV.
Apple A5X processor
To increase the graphics 4x over the iPad2, the A5X processor contains four cores. This will make a lot of things work better and faster. It could even (for some) replace a laptop or desktop.
5 MP iSight Camera
While the front-facing camera is still VGA (from what I understood), the main camera is now 5 MP. It uses Apple’s iSight technology to help with the optics. Software stablization, white and color balance, help get that perfect shot. You can record in 1080p at 30 frames a second. Import right into iMovie and create a masterpiece.
LTE Built In
This is where the iPad will get a little tricky. If you buy the LTE model, you will have to choose Verizon or AT&T (in the US). However, if you decide you want to switch, well, you will be buying a whole new iPad. The LTE technology is slightly different for each model, and it doesn’t sound like a software re-write will fix it.
What Apple Missed
128 GB model. Especially for iMovie and Garage Band, which will most likely take up memory fast. The iPad will be in 16, 32 and 64 GB models.
Should you Upgrade?
If you need the extra power (if you do a lot of video or love HD gaming), then upgrade. If you got the iPad2 for christmas, you might want to stick with that for a while. I downloaded the iLife software after the event, and it is working like a champ – minus the 1080p option.
In the video, Jeffrey goes over everything on the new iPad. Check it out!