So the latest product from Apple has landed! The iPad 3, or should I say the ‘new iPad’ has had Apple fans queuing around the block outside Apple stores to be one of the first to get their hands on the upgraded tablet.
First things first though; why is it called ‘The new iPad’? Well that’s the thing, it’s not actually called anything, it’s not called ‘new iPad’ it just is, well, the new version! There has been a lot of discussion about the reason not to name the latest iPad but the main consensus is that tablets are for the post PC generation; many people now are using tablets in place of or alongside a laptop or desktop PC. Apple don’t name the different versions of their laptops and desktops so why would they continue to name the new versions of the iPad? People will just buy the latest version without question, just like they do when they buy a new MacBook Pro etc.
So what’s new about the latest iPad? We’ve asked our resident iPad enthusiast Sam to compare the features of the iPad 2 and the new iPad, so you can be sure what you’re spending your extra dosh on before you spend it! Take a look at the video or read on for our findings:
Much has been made of the high definition ‘retina display’, so much so that some people thought the latest iPad might be called the iPad HD… The new iPad has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 which is 4 x more pixels than the iPad 2 and 1 million more than an HDTV. But how useful is the new clearer, crisper, detailed display? Well it’s great if you’re a gamer as the graphics will seem much slicker and it’s also worthwhile if you want to use your iPad for watching movies, but bear in mind that 2048 x 1536 is a very high resolution and most apps and many movies are not yet produced in such high quality. However the difference should be obvious when reading text on the screen, so if you are sending and receiving emails and also reading books and magazines, the text will be less pixelated.
The new iPad has a new A5X Processor, with quad-core graphics. This upgrade has been included to ensure everything on the shiny new high res screen is fast and smooth. However you won’t notice a massive difference between the speed of the iPad 2 and new iPad in this respect, as the processor had to be improved to keep up with the improved resolution.
If you’re a photographer at heart and like to take your iPad out and about, then the new 5 mega pixel camera should rock your socks off. Apple has used the same technology it developed for the iPhone 4S and this is one area that you can really see a noticeable difference. Can you tell which of the photos below is taken with the new iPad and which one is taken with the iPad 2?
All of this new stuff is great but it’s sure to drain the battery right? Well no actually Apple has ensured that the battery still has the same life at 10hrs, so still great for a long journey or for taking to work/college.
The new iPad also features next generation wireless technology, meaning you can connect to more networks up to 4G LTE. The only snag here is that we don’t have 4G in the UK yet, so this isn’t really of benefit if you’re only going to use your iPad in this country. However 3G is actually very fast in the UK so this isn’t too much of a concern anyway.
The other interesting feature, especially if you plan on using your tablet for business is the voice dictation function. You can dictate into the microphone and the iPad will type your words for you… well it types your words most of the time! When we tested it we found that it copes well with simple sentences but unusual words like ‘Kelkoo’ it struggled with. You can see from the screen shot below that it didn’t get some quite right!
The sentences should read:
‘This is a test to see how well dictation works’
‘Where are we going for lunch today do you fancy a sandwich’
‘Are we going out to lunch from Kelkoo today’
There are some great new features packed into the new iPad but the key question when deciding whether to splash your cash is; what do you want to use it for? If you’re a casual user then it’s probably not worth upgrading from an iPad 2 in our opinion. And I would even go as far as to say that as a potential casual user myself (browsing the internet and watching movies on journeys) that doesn’t yet own a tablet, I would be tempted to buy the iPad 2 and enjoy the saving, as at £329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version (the only one now available from Apple) it comes in at £70 cheaper than the new iPad 16GB Wi-FI.
If all the new features have got you hot under the collar and you fancy winning yourself a new iPad, enter our ‘Tweesons to love the new iPad’ competition and tell us which feature of the new iPad you are most excited about and why!