The new iPad’s screen is a sight to behold. The resolution has been bumped up four times to display a 2048x1536 resolution. That’s 3.1 million pixels crammed together in the lovely 9.7-inch screen.
This amount qualifies the screen as a retina display, which simply means your eye cannot see the individual pixels. A crisp, clean picture makes web-browsing even more enjoyable.
Many developers have already upgraded their applications to take advantage of this beautiful display. And within a few short months, almost all apps should be retina-friendly.
One of the worst faults the previous generations dealt with was how the tablet handled iPhone-only apps. If you choose to view an iPhone app at full screen, it looked pixelated and awful.
The retina display of the new iPad makes even iPhone-designed software look fantastic.
The iPad’s camera received a tremendous upgrade to five megapixels. However, that’s not the best addition for photos on the tablet. Apple has crammed several advanced optic measures found in many high-quality cameras to give photos a razor-sharp look.
You’ll still look funny taking pictures with a computer, though.
Now that iPhoto has found its way to the App Store, the iPad has become one of the best tools for photo editing.
The camera can also shoot 1080P HD video. Video stabilization measures were added to prevent shaky, “Blair Witch Project”-styled films.
The biggest addition to the new iPad is support for 4G LTE wireless connectivity on both Verizon and AT&T networks.
LTE can provide Internet download speeds close to 72-megabits per second. That is faster than any Internet provider in the area.
Those wishing to use 4G LTE will need to buy the iPad model designed as such. An extra monthly data fee is required, but no contract is needed.
Anniston and its surrounding counties do not have 4G LTE support on any of the mobile providers. It’s very likely that we will not see it arrive until next year.
Fortunately, the device also supports 3G, so you’ll still be able to get a mobile data plan if desired.
The final addition is called dictation, a voice-controlled way to type an email, note or status update. Simply tap the microphone icon on the bottom of the keyboard and talk away. Another tap of the icon and your iPad translates your spoken word into written form.
Apple claims that the battery life is still 10 hours on Wi-Fi and my tests agree. The device has incredible standby time and is perfect for traveling and other on-the-go activity.
Despite the added thickness, many of the cases designed for the iPad 2 will work fine. This includes Apple’s own Smart Cover that was introduced in the previous generation.
The Internet exploded with claims that the new iPad is hotter to the touch than the previous model. While I don’t doubt the claims, I’ve personally found the two tablets to be about the same. I think the overheating issues are blown out of proportion.
Apple has decided to keep the same price points as the iPad 2. The Wi-Fi only model comes in 16GB ($499), 32GB ($599) and 64GB ($699) sizes. Verizon and AT&T units featuring 4G LTE cost an additional $120 per model.
The new iPad isn’t a huge upgrade over the 2, but is still recommended to those that use their tablet often. Those without the device or original iPad owners should jump in immediately.
Apple’s tablet is still the best on the market, and the competition isn’t even close.