The new Apple iPad has finally arrived, bringing with it a superlative Retina Display, Quad-core graphics via it’s A5X processor, compatibility with 4G LTE and a much improved camera.
Prior to Wednesday’s media event there was much anticipated hype about what would be included in the new model but also what the new device would be called. Historically Apple has kept a number sequence and that was proven with the iPad and then iPad 2. Expecting to see ‘iPad 3’, Apple pulled one of it’s famous surprises and simply cut through all the rumours deciding to take the odd decision in calling it the ‘New iPad’.
Whether this will bring confusion for the consumer, especially as the iPad 2 is remaining on sale is yet to be seen, but putting the strange name aside, the new device is an exciting update for Apple customers bringing a wealth of goodies for Apple enthusiasts and techno geeks!
When the iPad2 was launched in March of 2011, the whole industry were anticipating the HD Retina display that was launched with the iPhone 4 the previous year, but Apple chose not to include it. This time around however, Apple decided the time was right to include a brighter, sharper screen with a massively improved resolution and the impact is clear for everyone to see and to quote a certain Apple executive the screen looks ‘Gorgeous’. Apple have also decided to call it ‘Resolutionary’ on their website, and we would have to agree.
The higher resolution is 2048×1536, which is actually less than the iPhone’s display but Apple have cleverly stated it is designed to be held further away, meaning they can keep the Retina Display name as, according to Apple, you can’t see the pixels from that distance. Either way, the improved display is the standout feature of the new device and will make the users experience a genuine pleasure to use.
Another major update to the New iPad is the A5X processor, this brings quad-core capability to the iPad, making it a hugely powerful device capable of dealing with complex computational tasks. Its predecessor was already capable of dealing with the everyday needs of a tablet user but the introduction of Quad-core capacity will massively enhance what applications can offer to an iPad user.
Apple were quick to point out during their media event that people preferred to use the iPad for gaming aplicaitons, whilst here at Creation Application we wouldn’t necessarily agree with this, we’re not going to argue with Apple and would have to say that with the Retina Display screen and Quad-core capability, gamers won’t be left disappointed.
This does beg the question, will more gaming applications be bought to market thanks to this new technology? There has been some massively successful gaming applications in recent years and thanks to Apples latest tablet the trend is only set to continue.
So, what’s our early verdict of the new iPad? Even though the look of the device hasn’t really changed much from it’s predecessor, and in fact is slightly heavier, you can’t help but look at the enhancements with amazement. The New iPad brings with it a wealth of new applications including improved iWorks, and more importantly for the impressive new screen, iPhoto. Add to that the more powerful processor, far superior connectivity and a better camera, this is a beautiful and very welcome addition that takes Apple back to the top of the tablet tree.
We are still keen to see some more applications in action and test out that Quad-Core technology to the full, we’re excited about what applications we can bring to the New iPad here at Creation Application.
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