First of all, you’re not allowed to call it the iPad 3, not even the iPad HD. It’s The New iPad.
Apple introduced it’s new iPad and an improved Apple TV set-top box at an invitation only even in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012. They also launched an update to its mobile operating system, iOS 5.1. Apple has also introduced updated versions of Pages and Numbers, Keynote, iLife Apps, iMovie, iWork and several other applications. Apple CEO Tim Cook led the event and noted that the company sold more iPads last year than the number of PCs sold by any single competing computer company. He went on to say that Apple is at the forefront of the post-PC revolution.
Remember all those dreamed about features we wrote about yesterday? [Read: 17 Expected, and Dreamed About Features of the iPad 3]
Here’s where we break down what was hype and what was fact:
1. Fact or Fiction? You won’t pay more for the new iPad.
Fact. The price remains the same at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB for WiFi only models. iPad WiFi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will cost $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB.
2. Fact or Fiction? You’ll get a Retina Display in the New iPad.
Fact. The New iPad features an HD screen with 2048×1536 resolution, that’s over 3.1 million pixels and four times more than the iPad 2. Check out Apple’s cool demonstration here. You’ll also get 44 percent greater color saturation.
3. Fact or Fiction? The New iPad will come in two different sizes.
Fiction. The size will remain the same at 9.7 inches.
4. The New iPad will come with a quad-core A6 processor.
Fiction. The New iPad has a quad-core A5X chip. Apple promises it will deliver the same smoothness and fluidity the iPad is known for.
5. It will connect to 4G LTE networks.
Fact. It’s built with the latest in wireless technology and allows you to connect to fast data networks all over the word – up to 4G LTE. It will be available in the US from both AT&T Verizon. Your coverage may vary so check with your carrier.
6. The New iPad will be thicker than the iPad 2.
Fact. The New iPad is slightly thicker than its predecessor (9.4 mm from 8.6 mm) and a little heavier (1.46 lbs from 1.325 lbs).
7. There will be huge shipping issues getting the iPads over from China.
Unknown. The New iPads are expected to hit stores in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, UK and the US Virgin Islands on March 16, 2012.
8. The New iPad will sport a new anti-glare screen.
Fiction. Some thought the new iPad would come with an anti-glare screen to compete with other e-readers on the market. Unfortunately, this didn’t come true.
9. The New iPad will include haptic feedback.
Fiction. Gamers all over the world were hoping the New iPad would include haptic feedback i.e. it would shake and vibrate in response to video games played on screen the same way home consoles do. This feature didn’t make the cut. There’s always next year!
10. No Home Button.
Fiction. The New iPad does indeed have a home button. We’re sure the world signed a big sigh of relief on this one!
11. The new iPad will be called iPad HD.
Fiction. As we stated above, the new iPad is simply called iPad. Some speculate this is because Apple wants to revert to calling its tablets simply iPad.
12. The design will be nearly identical to the iPad 2
Fact. The New iPad looks almost identical to the iPad 2.
13. The New iPad will have a HD Front camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera.
Fact and Fiction. The New iPad features Apple’s 5-megapixel – not 8 – iSight camera. According to Apple, it’s designed with advanced optics and it lets you shoot gorgeous photos and 1080p HD video. The camera features a backside illumination sensor that captures great-looking pictures.
14. The new iPad will include Siri.
Fiction. Unfortunately the new iPad does not include that quirky voice assistant Siri. It does, however, include voice dictation and it will recognize English, French, German and Japanese.
15. The new iPad will launch on March 7th, 2012.
Fact! The new iPad did launch in the first week of March.
16. The battery will be longer lasting and more efficient.
Fiction. The battery life and form factor remain unchanged. We can count this as an improvement given the increased CPU power and cellular networking.
17. The new iPad will have wireless charging.
Fiction. The new iPad will not have wireless charging. This would be an amazing feature. Oh well, there’s always next year!
So there you have it, everything you need to know about the New iPad. Overall, Apple delivered a good, solid upgrade. The new screen is crystal clear and should make graphic-orientated apps more appealing. The upgraded cellular networking and A5X Processor should make the device more responsive overall as well. We look forward to testing it out!
Here’s the icing on the cake if you’re interested in trading in your old first generation iPad or iPad 2 and purchasing the new iPad 3 = iHospital is more than happy to buy back your old Apple device! Rest assured, iHospital will accept all iPads, in any condition, but you might not get top dollar for broken or water damaged devices. Read our post, Everything You Need to Know About iHospital’s Buy-Back Policy for more information, or drop in to any iHospital location and speak with one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices.
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