It was a big week in the world of technology with the launch of the New iPad, and yes that’s the official name of the 3rd generation iPad. I have to wonder if the marketing team was perhaps on vacation when they came up with that one ;) However, I have to admit I can’t wait to get my hands on one when it comes to Canada on March 16th; I’m sure the name is the only criticism I have for the tablet. Apple has once again raised the bar for providers of technology products across the globe, but this time with subtle, yet powerful changes.
The New iPad runs faster and has an upgraded camera, but the biggest improvement to the tablet is the display capabilities. The New iPad has a retina display boasting 2040 x 1536 pixels; in laymen’s terms, it has a screen resolution better than a flat screen television with 1080p display. The colour and images are incredibly sharp; you can’t help but notice how vivid photos, fonts and colours come alive right in your hands.
What this means is an entirely new experience taking, sharing and viewing photos. It also means a much richer experience gaming, reading, and watching video on your iPad. Get ready for new and improved App’s to start hitting the shelves soon; developers have an entirely new format to create in.
The one problem makers of technology have had in the past with improving screen resolution has been battery life. Typically the more colour, and more clear the display, the less battery time the device can handle. I’m happy to report that the New iPad holds a charge of at least nine to ten hours. It’s the same charge that the iPad 2 holds, but when you take into account that the new screen resolution boasts 44% greater saturation, you have be impressed that you have that much charge.
One question I have been getting in droves is in regards to the increased weight of the new iPad 3. I have to say, after having the iPad 2 in one hand and the New iPad in the other, It’s hard to tell the difference. Officially the New iPad does weigh more. However the tablet still weighs less than the first generation iPad, and only s teeny tiny bit more than the iPad 2. I doubt that many consumers will be detoured from purchasing the New iPad because of weight.
If you’ve been holding out for the next leap in tablet technology and innovation to get the most bangs for your buck, please don’t feel that you have to wait any longer. Since its launch last year the reviews have all been positive for the iPad 2, the New iPad has simply built on that success, and in my books will prove to exceed users expectations.