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Muddy
03-07-2012, 06:17 PM
(CNN) -- Apple rolled out a high-definition iPad on Wednesday with a display screen that promises to be dramatically sharper than the current model, the iPad 2.

http://i.imgur.com/2TzDd.gif

"It is amazing," Apple CEO Tim Cook said at a San Francisco unveiling. "We've taken it to a whole new level, and we are redefining the category that Apple created with the original iPad."

The new 9.7-inch display screen will feature a "retina display" of 2047 by 1536 pixels, compared with the current model's 1024 by 768 pixels.

To break it down, that's a total of 3.1 million pixels on the display screen.

"Your retina in your eye cannot discern those individual pixels," said Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller. "The images on it look stunning."

The new iPad will be available March 16 and cost the same as the iPad 2 -- from $499 to $829 based on storage capacity and Wi-Fi capacity. Pre-orders were opened at Apple's online store on Wednesday.

The new version will be available in the United States on AT&T and Verizon and will be the first iPad to connect to 4G networks (a fact that, at least for now, remains academic in most cities).

"This new iPad has the most wireless bands of any device that has ever shipped, and it is truly revolutionary," Schiller said.

And the new iPad will be the first to run on 4G wireless networks, a source familiar with the device's specifications told CNNMoney on Wednesday.

It will have a a 5-megapixel camera, representing a significant leap from the current iPad's so-so lens.

On Wednesday, Cook also announced an updated version of Apple TV, the company's Web-TV integration device that competes with products like Google TV, Roku and Boxee.

The system supports 1080p, or "Full HD" high-definition video, up from the current model's 720p. It will be available for $99 starting next week and could pave the way for what's expected to be Apple's next project: a fully integrated high-definition television.

When the iPad was introduced in early 2010, tablets already existed, but none had become popular with mainstream consumers. Some analysts wondered if there would be a market for a device that falls somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop but doesn't fully replace either.

The answer was a resounding "yes." The company has sold more than 55 million iPads worldwide to date.

Before his death in October, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs predicted that 2011 would be the "year of the copycat" in the tablet space. In large part, it was, and that was bad news for Apple's rivals, as competitors from HP to Samsung to Motorola tried unsuccessfully to offer a viable alternative to the iPad.

The new iPad will arrive in a somewhat trickier landscape.

By going smaller and simpler, Amazon made a splash with its Kindle Fire over the holidays, while rival bookseller Barnes & Noble countered with its popular Nook Tablet. Both devices start at $199. The new Acer Iconia A500 offers more memory than the iPad 2, while other companies have begun flooding the market with devices that are smaller and cheaper than Apple's standard-bearer.

Just last week, Microsoft rolled out its Windows 8 operating system for tablets, suggesting that Windows-based tablets could be making a serious run.

The upstarts had many analysts wondering whether Apple could either roll out its own smaller, simpler iPad or, perhaps more likely, offer a steep discount on one of the older models, putting it head to head against the Nook and Kindle Fire.

Apple surprised many observers last year when the iPad 2 was priced the same as the original iPad: ranging from $499 to $829, depending on 3G capability and storage capacity.

Cook also announced Wednesday that the 25 billionth app has been downloaded from the App Store. Perhaps significantly, that app was downloaded in China.

PorkChopSandwiches
03-07-2012, 06:20 PM
http://i.imgur.com/2TzDd.gif

that looks sweet, nice to see them get back to their roots

redred
03-07-2012, 06:23 PM
looks ok ,still don't have a need for a tablet of any OS myself

MrsM
03-07-2012, 06:26 PM
I have one - and I'm using it more than I though I would.

Muddy
03-07-2012, 06:38 PM
I never use my desktop at home anymore..

Hal-9000
03-07-2012, 09:01 PM
hope the %$$#@@!! camera is good :x :x

Starchild
03-07-2012, 09:14 PM
I don't understand all this tablet stuff...... I don't need the internet on the move - I'm more of a dektop kind of guy myself.......

Teh One Who Knocks
03-07-2012, 09:20 PM
looks ok ,still don't have a need for a tablet of any OS myself

:+1:

I have a desktop, a laptop, and a huge smart phone, I see no need to spend $600 on a glorified smart phone with no phone part. My laptop costs 33% less and does more than any tablet could ever hope to do.

Starchild
03-07-2012, 09:29 PM
:+1:

I have a desktop, a laptop, and a huge smart phone, I see no need to spend $600 on a glorified smart phone with no phone part. My laptop costs 33% less and does more than any tablet could ever hope to do.

Exactly!!!! My laptop does all it needs to do and my phone is pretty smart because I've had it for 5 years now and the battery still works!!!

PorkChopSandwiches
03-07-2012, 09:44 PM
We have sales people in the field that use tablets. They are way lighter then a laptop with better battery life and you can use all your web apps a lot easier then you could with a phone, especially when data input is involved.

Teh One Who Knocks
03-07-2012, 09:46 PM
We have sales people in the field that use tablets. They are way lighter then a laptop with better battery life and you can use all your web apps a lot easier then you could with a phone, especially when data input is involved.

Maybe I can see using one as a work tool in certain fields, but to have one at home? Waste of money IMO.

Hal-9000
03-07-2012, 09:47 PM
I don't understand all this tablet stuff...... I don't need the internet on the move - I'm more of a dektop kind of guy myself.......

We don't know each other but I love you...

I can see if people need them for work etc...for my life, it's just another way to access stuff I can access on my pc at home

Muddy
03-08-2012, 12:22 AM
hope the %$$#@@!! camera is good :x :x

Oh it is... Oh it ISSSSS!! :lol:

Loser
03-08-2012, 01:20 AM
Nah, they'll put a crap camera in it, then 6 months later release the iShat 3S. ;)

Muddy
03-08-2012, 01:21 AM
What? It's a 5 mp... Did you read the article?

deebakes
03-08-2012, 01:34 AM
:wank:

Loser
03-08-2012, 01:43 AM
What? It's a 5 mp... Did you read the article?

:sarcasm:

You missed it :lol:

Muddy
03-08-2012, 01:46 AM
I still am missing it...?

Loser
03-08-2012, 01:49 AM
I still am missing it...?

....:slap:

Apple mildly updates shit hardware every 6-12 months and resells it. While only releasing NEW products every 2-3 years. :roll:

Muddy
03-08-2012, 01:52 AM
....:slap:

Apple mildly updates shit hardware every 6-12 months and resells it. While only releasing NEW products every 2-3 years. :roll:

Oh I totally agree... I'm not sure what more can be done now though....oh wait...sd slot.. *sigh*... :lol:

Loser
03-08-2012, 02:08 AM
Oh I totally agree... I'm not sure what more can be done now though....oh wait...sd slot.. *sigh*... :lol:

Will never happen, because they make too much on their tiered storage solution.

If they offered an eight gig ipad with a sd slot, why would anyone buy the sixty four gig version?

Muddy
03-08-2012, 02:09 AM
Yeah that is a rip...

deebakes
03-08-2012, 02:29 AM
i'm still debating whether to get one or not :idk:

Loser
03-08-2012, 03:16 AM
Asus memo, nuff said.

Pony
03-08-2012, 10:31 AM
Choose a model
Wi-Fi

Connects to the Internet over Wi-Fi networks.

16GB $499.00
32GB $599.00
64GB $699.00

Wi-Fi + 4G Provided by AT&T Provided by Verizon

Connects to the Internet over Wi-Fi and 4G cellular data networks. Contact a cellular data service provider to sign up for a simple, month-to-month plan right on your iPad and cancel anytime without penalty.

16GB $629.00
32GB $729.00
64GB $829.00

Arkady Renko
03-08-2012, 02:28 PM
I've been pondering to get a tablet for some time now, but somehow I have always shunned actually going for it. I'll probably get an ultrabook type notebook because if you get an ipad with the 64gb memory and that keyboard accessory, you end up soending more and get less oomph (except for the display, of course, but can you really use 3 megapickles on a screen that small?)

PorkChopSandwiches
03-08-2012, 03:15 PM
Will never happen, because they make too much on their tiered storage solution.

If they offered an eight gig ipad with a sd slot, why would anyone buy the sixty four gig version?

Plus they want to move everyone to the "cloud"

Muddy
03-08-2012, 03:23 PM
I listed my ipad2 on eBay last night, but pulled it off this morning... I'm not gonna chase a fad..This thing does everything I need..

Arkady Renko
03-08-2012, 03:26 PM
Will never happen, because they make too much on their tiered storage solution.

If they offered an eight gig ipad with a sd slot, why would anyone buy the sixty four gig version?

Yeah, that's a blatant ripoff. they charge 200 bucks for 48 gb of flash memory if you compare the prices for the 16 and 64 GB versions.


Plus they want to move everyone to the "cloud"

I'm a bit of a control freak, I still prefer POP3 to IMAP, this whole cloud talk gives me the creeps...

Arkady Renko
03-08-2012, 03:27 PM
I listed my ipad2 on eBay last night, but pulled it off this morning... I'm not gonna chase a fad..This thing does everything I need..

au contraire, if you didn't have one yet, now would be a good moment to buy an iPad 2.

Muddy
03-08-2012, 04:03 PM
au contraire, if you didn't have one yet, now would be a good moment to buy an iPad 2.

Yeah, Im sure its a flood on ebay right now.. Plus retail pricing has dropped a 100 bucks for new units.

Jezter
03-09-2012, 06:00 AM
What? It's a 5 mp... Did you read the article?
They now update the rear camera to standards others have had...and yeat leave the front facing the same shit it was. Only to be able to sell the next one with "new improved amazing supercool front facing camera!". When others already have 8MP rear camera and 2MP front...Where as Apple has 5MP rear and 0,3MP front camera. Seesh...that how new iPad is entirely focused on the screen that doesn't even need that resolution for that size of screen. I mean...WTF.

Asus memo, nuff said.
Transformer Infinity. 'Nuff said. ;)

Acid Trip
03-09-2012, 03:32 PM
They now update the rear camera to standards others have had...and yeat leave the front facing the same shit it was. Only to be able to sell the next one with "new improved amazing supercool front facing camera!". When others already have 8MP rear camera and 2MP front...Where as Apple has 5MP rear and 0,3MP front camera. Seesh...that how new iPad is entirely focused on the screen that doesn't even need that resolution for that size of screen. I mean...WTF.

Transformer Infinity. 'Nuff said. ;)

Here is a great article that compares the new iPad to the Transformer Infinity.

http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/new-ipad-vs-asus-transformer-pad-infinity-700-specs-comparison

Goofy
03-09-2012, 04:49 PM
What? It's a 5 mp... Did you read the article?

5mp means nothing, lens quality is all that matters :)

Starchild
03-09-2012, 06:09 PM
I still don't know what all the fuss is about. I have a camera to take photos..........

Muddy
03-09-2012, 06:13 PM
5mp means nothing, lens quality is all that matters :)

Thats the iPad 4.. better lens.. :)