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Saturday, March 10, 2012


With the recent debut of Apple's new iPad, I decided to do some research on the upgrades, and simplify their modifications to their top three changes. However, while the iPad has moved forward technologically, name wise it has taken some steps back. The new iPad is simply iPad, not iPad 3 or iPad HD, just plain and simple iPad. I am not sure about their reasoning for giving such a mundane name to a popular item but, nonetheless, the iPad is still an impressive piece of technology. And although aesthetically the iPad is similar to the older models, their main improvements are ground-breaking. The three main upgrades are: the retina display, 5-megapixel camera, and 4G LTE.

The iPad now has the same resolution display as the iPhone 4 and 4S. Therefore, there will be more detail and clarity for apps, websites, and videos. In addition, iTunes will now stream full high-definition 1080p video, which is an upgrade from the 720p from the previous model. Also, since there is more dpi, or dots per inch, the improved cameras and screen will allow for flawless shots. While the average person may not frequently use this feature, since taking pictures on phones or cameras is more convenient, it is still a cool option to have available.

In addition, the iPad will now feature a 5-megapixel rear camera called "iSight." This camera will be able to shoot up to 1080p videos. This means that you can take great looking photos in low-light conditions. There is also a video image stabilization feature which will remove the shakiness that the previous iPads could not prevent. This is significant since the first iPad featured no cameras.

Furthermore, Verizon and AT&T have confirmed that they will sell 4G LTE versions of the new iPad. The 4G LTE networks are improved faster versions of regular 3G cellular networks. The previous iPads were only available in the 3G form. The iPad will now have an approximate download speed of 73 megabits per second.

While it would be great if Apple could have incorporated Siri into the new device, they included the next best thing, voice dictation. Since the numerous complaints about the difficulty of accurately typing on the iPad, Apple has created a microphone icon on the keyboard that allows the iPad to convert your words into text. The number of tasks available for this feature include writing messages, taking notes, searching the web, and updating your social networks, such as Facebook status'. This feature will make lives easier for those who use iPads in their place of work, such as doctors and writers. Also, students such as myself, will find it easier to study with since I can read out what I intend to study instead of wasting time by actually typing it out myself. Therefore, this feature is convenient and will save time.

Although the iPad is not going to officially be released until March 16th, Apple is currently taking online orders. On this date, the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, Britain and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be receiving the device. Also, the pricing is still the same as the iPad 2 and first generation iPad averaging about $499 per iPad.

For those, such as myself, who are technologically challenged, I hope this blog helps in understanding the differences between the old and new iPad.



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