Will the new iPad be a transformative device?

March 7, 2012

Apple’s iPad has been a transformative tablet device, but it was cursed from the beginning with a low-resolution display. That changed today with the launch of the iPad HD, Apple’s third-generation tablet, which adds an ultra-high resolution Retina Display and LTE 4G connectivity.

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the iPad HD at a media event in San Francisco today, where he also announced an updated Apple TV set-top box. “We think the iPad is the poster-child of the post-PC world,” Cook said.

Almost boasting, he reminded the audience that Apple sold 15.5 million iPads last quarter, more than any PC manufacturer sold in their computer lines.

The iPad HD boasts a new screen with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels, a huge bump over the previous iPad’s 1024 by 768 screen. Apple says it features 264 pixels per inch, and it’s enough to call it a Retina Display since you’ll be holding the device farther than you would an iPhone.

The tablet also features a new processor, Apple’s A5X, which features quad-core graphics capabilities. The company says it offers four times the graphics performance of Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3.

As expected, Apple updated the iPad’s camera capabilities: It can now shoot 5-megapixel photos from a rear camera as well as 1080p video. The rear camera sports backside illumination (for better low-light performance), a 5-element lens, and a hybrid IR filter.

Copyright 2012, VentureBeat

Apple unveils new iPad: The latest iteration of the tech giant’s popular tablet computer will have an improved processor, a sharper display and better networking capabilities.

The ubiquitous Apple iPad: In the two years since the iPad has been on the market in April 2010, it has started to fulfill Steve Jobs’s dream of becoming integrated into just about every aspect of our daily lives — business, politics, education and entertainment. Apple unveiled the “new iPad” on Wednesday with tweaks to the device’s capabilities.

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