The day it arrived. After hundreds of rumors and the invitation to the media who arrived just a week ago, today Tim Cook has introduced the newest member of its family of tablets: the new iPad. Or iPad 3 no HD. It seems that Apple wants to keep the same pattern that has with computers.
This new model is a technical leap with respect to its predecessor of the iPad 2. The rumours were not badly aimed: Retina Display, LTE connectivity, a new processor A5X… However, now must put aside everything that we have seen in the previous days and focus on what has been presented today at the Yerba Buena Center. Let’s see what gives this new iPad.
iPad, a little less slender and thicker
Let’s start with the exterior. In terms of chassis, Apple has decided to bet for a body unibody metal and keeping the same design lines that we had already seen on the iPad 2. The Start button will finally still present, despite rumors claiming that he would dispense with the.
At first glance the design does not introduce changes but if we find news in its weight and size. On the one hand the thickness increases to the 9.5 mm, nothing exceptional as the terminal is still very slender. On the other hand also has gained a little, to the 635 grams. 34 more than the iPad 2. Nor should we be alarmed, as we will see now, this small increase is offset by many improvements.
iPad and Retina Display to give us the highest resolution ever in a tablet, A5X
Many had hoped a new generation of chips and although finally it has not been an A6, the heart of this iPad is not to take it to joke. The A5X It will give us much more power with respect to what we have already seen in the iPad 2. Because not only to give us more resolution but also to make us enjoy, among other things, more powerful games since the GPU will have quad-core.
Above the processor, and at our fingertips, we find a display that retains the same dimensions but committed to Retina Display to show us a resolution of 2048 × 1536 pixels. Or what is the same: one million pixels rather than a high-definition television.
During the presentation we could see the potential of this resolution with the drawing application from Autodesk, which by the way will be available in April in exclusive for IOS. Zooming see how resolution is not lost and that the quality of the strokes is very sharp. In terms of applications there will be no problem with the change of resolution, the system will automatically adjust them and introduce sources in high resolution.
iPad, five megapixel camera and HD recording
Another section that has also been important developments has been the camera. Do not be fooled by its 5-megapixel resolution as it uses the same technology as the iPhone 4S. Will have to see it in operation but in the pictures shown during the presentation we saw that Apple is serious in this section to make photos with a Tablet does not feel as something especially comfortable.
In addition to photos has also improved the quality of the video. Now we will be able record video in 1080 p HD which can then assemble with iMovie (iLife application suite comes loaded with lots of news) our creations. Again, be seen demonstrations to check the quality of the recordings.
In addition to the screen and the camera another of the strong points of this new iPad will be the LTE connectivity. Something very interesting but unfortunately will not come to Spain. Apple has signed various agreements with the main operators in the United States. Here you will only arrive in 3 G format. A pity, but this, obviously, is not because of the guys at Cupertino.
Another feature which for the moment remains in the also in the pipeline is the taught by voice. During the presentation we saw as on keyboard now included a new button for that function. Again, it will not be available in Spain, at the moment. By the way, Siri also remains outside and will continue to be a unique feature of the iPhone 4S.
Now the big question for many: when will be available and at what price. As it was rumored in recent days, the price will be compared to the previous model. I.e., that the most basic model will cost 479 euros (WiFi+16GB) and the most complete (WiFi / 3 G + 32 GB) will be worth 700 euros. Your departure date will be March 16 Although in Spain will have to wait up to 23 in the same month. The device is indeed now available for booking.
By the way, if you are thinking of buying an iPad 2 like to know that Apple has announced that it will lower the price of this model at $100. We will see if there is the famous case 1 dollar/1 euro and stays in 379 the basics. At the moment we have to wait to the Apple Store to open again.
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