We know everything about the new iPad but the name. After Wednesday’s hour-plus-long launch event in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cookies and team unveiled details about the company’s new tablet, simply calling it the “new iPad” throughout. In the weeks and days leading up to today’s event, there was much talk about whether the next-gen iPad would be called the iPad HD or the iPad 3. Maybe we could only know the final name until March 16, when the new iPad released in U.S. and other 9 countries.
The coming iPad will cost the same as the iPad 2 — from $499 to $829 based on storage capacity and Wi-Fi capacity. Let’s take a look at what’s new in the new iPad compares to iPad 2.
The new iPad vs. iPad 2
“It is amazing,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said at a San Francisco unveiling. “We’ve taken it to a whole new level, and we are redefining the category that Apple created with the original iPad.” Well, the following the new iPad vs. iPad 2 specifications may tell you whether the new iPad is worth waiting for.
|Specs||The new iPad (2012)||iPad 2|
|Operating System||iOS 5.1||iOS 5|
|Dimensions||9.5×7.31×0.37inch, 1.44pound||9.5×7.31×0.34inch, 1.34pound|
|Display||9.7-inch, 2048×1536, Retina Display touch screen||9.7-inch, 1024×768, touch screen|
|Camera||5MP iSight camera with LED flash, F2.4 aperture, autofocus, 1080p HD video recording, front-facing VGA camera||Camera with autofocus, 720p HD video recording, front-facing VGA camera|
|Processor||Dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics||Dual-core 1GHz A5 processor with dual-core graphics|
|Storage||16GB, 32, GB, 64GB||16GB, 32, GB, 64GB|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)||Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)|
|Battery life||Standard battery, Li-Po 42.5 Wh||Standard battery, Li-Po 25 Wh|
|Celluar options||4G LTE AT&T and Verizon models||3G AT&T and Verizon models|
|WiFi model: $399 for 16GB; 3G model $529 for 16GB|
The new iPad has made great improvement in these features:
Resolution: The astonishing 2048×1536 pixels resolution retina display brings real life-like pictures you have never imagined before.
Camera: The new iPad comes with LED flash and autofocus to support the camera. The 5MP iSight camera is capable of 1080p HD video recording at 30 frames per second.
4G: The first iPad to be embedded with 4G networks support by AT&T and Verizon thus gives users super-fast web browsing experiment. Even if you’re in a location without 4G, you can still get access to fast 3G networks.
But here are a few things about the new iPad that disappointed us:
No Siri: It’s bad to hear that the voice assistant, Siri, won’t be included in the new iPad. Siri allows users to access information just by talking, without having to find the right app.
Inadequate multimedia support: As usual, the new iPad supports MP4 (H.264, MPEG-4 video codec) and MOV (H.264, MPEG-4 video codec) video formats and no PowerPoint support, you will need video converter or PowerPoint to iPad converter if you want to watch other videos, DVD movies and PowerPoint presentations on the new iPad.
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