The new iPad dropped today, and yes, it's officially called the iPad, no number attached. The mystery of an Apple event is always met with such hype and fanfare that often the announcement is best told through the pictures themselves. Check out CEO Tim Cook and Apple executives introducing the next generation of the iPad in the gallery.
A new iPad means good things for the non-early-adopter crowd: a price cut of the iPad 2.
With preorders starting today for the latest iPad, pricing for the iPad 2 drops to $399 for the WiFi-only 16GB model and $529 for the WiFi + 3G 16GB model. For comparison, the new iPad prices start at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB — all WiFi only. The 4G-capable iPads will go for $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB.
Will the price cut entice you to buy the iPad 2?
Should I buy a new iPad? That's the question on everyone's mind after Apple announced the new iPad today in San Francisco. We've already touched on four reasons to splurge on the new iPad, but what if you're on the fence? Here, five reasons why you might want to skip the new iPad altogether.
- You don't consume a lot of media — The biggest upgrade to the new iPad is its Retina display. With a 2048 x 1536 screen resolution and 246 pixels per inch, this iPad is a stunner. As Apple puts it, it's "resolutionary." But if you aren't into watching movies, checking out photos, videos, catalogs, and magazines on a tablet, the new iPad might not impress you enough for a purchase.
- You've tried tablets, but prefer your laptop — If you've tried using a tablet before but always find yourself picking up your laptop to work, you can probably skip the new iPad and all other tablets for that matter. Some folks just aren't "tablet people," and find them harder to navigate, use, and work on. If that's the case for you, just skip it.
- You never use your iPad camera — The new iPad comes with a 5MP rear-facing iSight camera that is capable of shooting 1080p video with some cool footage stabilization features that kick shaky vids to the curb. Unfortunately, the forward-facing camera is still VGA-quality. How many times have you actually shot some video (or took photos for that matter) with your iPad camera? If you can't recall the last time you fired up your iPad's cam, this feature might not be worth your dollars.
- You don't have a ton of cash to spend — On a budget? The new iPad starts at $499, which is competitively priced based on its competition, but isn't a price tag to scoff at. If you really want to dip your toes into the tablet scene, consider picking up an iPad 2, which just got a price reduction to $399 for WiFi-only, and $529 for WiFi + 3G.
- You already have an iPad 2 — While the upgrades to the new iPad are impressive, they may not be worth your cash if you already have, and love, an iPad 2. Sure, better screen resolution would be nice, but it's not a deal breaker. 4G LTE speeds would be a great addition, but your 3G is working just fine for you. I'd say, if you're totally happy with your iPad 2, stick with it for now. And if you just have to buy it (even though you don't need it), sell your iPad 2 on Ebay and put that cash towards an upgrade.
Will you be buying the new iPad? Check out four reasons why you might want to splurge.
Apple's Tim Cook announced the new iPad today (just iPad — not the iPad 3 or HD, which came as a surprise), and while the specs on the next-gen tablet are impressive, it may not be for everyone. Should you buy a new iPad? Here, we list four situations where the new iPad might be worth a buy.
- You're a world traveler — The new iPad allows for travelers to jump on 3G connections around the globe, while the 4G speeds at home ensure quick downloads and connections. Plus, while the iPad is slightly heavier than the iPad 2, 1.4 pounds is much easier to lug around than your laptop.
- You watch a lot of movies — The new iPad's 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 Retina display has 44 percent improved color saturation and 246 pixels per inch, which gives better viewing quality than your HDTV. Amazing! If you're a movie buff, this means crisp, clear, and lifelike images.
- You want to ditch your laptop for photo editing — It's possible to edit your photos on an iPad, and the new iPad's A5X processor, which is four times as fast as a Tegra 3 processor, allows you to efficiently run more apps and videos with improved performance. A better processor also means faster speeds when watching movies, flipping through photos, and more. Basically, this iPad is superpowerful.
- You have money to burn — The new iPad isn't cheap. If you already have an iPad 2, it may not be worth the purchase price. WiFi-only iPads start at $499 for 16GB, while a WiFi + 4G 16GB iPad is $629. Need more storage space? You could be spend up to $829 for a 64GB WiFi + 4G model, which might be necessary if you want to store movies, photos, and download lots of apps.
Should you buy a new iPad? Here's a few reasons you might want to skip it.
There's a new iPad in town. With a display that rivals high-end HDTVs and 4G connectivity, how much will Apple's latest creation cost?
The next iPad will be available on March 16 with preorders starting today. Prices start at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. 4G-capable iPads will go for $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB.
Do you plan on purchasing the new iPad? If so, here's how to get your old iPad ready for resale.
Before Tim Cook revealed the new iPad at today's Apple event, the company showed off its newest addition to your living room: the revamped Apple TV. Available next week for $99 with preorders starting today, the new Apple TV improves on its predecessor with a 1080p streamlined user interface, compatible with other Apple products. iPhone photos will automatically upload for viewing on Apple TV.
Watch TV shows the day after they air on cable; no week of waiting for iTunes availability. Speaking of iTunes, Apple TV uses many of the same services iTunes users already know. Get program recommendations with Genius, iTunes Match support, and even access your iTunes playlists from the cloud. Of course, apps are at your disposal with Apple TV, including Netflix, Flickr, MLB.tv, and YouTube to name a few.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Apple TV.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new iPad in San Francisco today. At just 9.4 mm thin and weighing just 1.4 pounds, the new iPad is slightly heavier than its predecessor and comes with improved features over the iPad 2. Let's check them out, one by one below:
- Improved display — The next iPad will come with an amazing 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 Retina display that contains 3.1 million pixels, 264 pixels per inch — that's more than your HDTV screen at home. The new screen is definitely the conversation point here, as it also has better color saturation as well (44 percent better to be exact).
- Better processor — The iPad will be stocked with an Apple A5X processor that offers four times the performance as a Tegra 3 processor that you'd find in other devices, which means the next-gen iPad will be blazingly fast when watching movies, surfing the web, and flipping through photos.
- Better camera — There will be a 5MP iSight cam with an illuminated sensor that offers auto exposure and auto focus.
- High-def video recording — The iPad will be capable of 1080p recording with footage stabilization that helps shaky hands capture great videos on the fly.
- Voice dictation — Not quite Siri, but the iPad will offer voice dictation for notes, texts, and other applications and support US English, British, Australian, French, German, and Japanese languages.
- 4G LTE — The next iPad will come with 4G LTE speeds, capable of 21, 42, and 73Mbps download speeds (depending on band — HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, or LTE), which is a huge improvement compared to the iPad 2's 3.1Mbps download speeds. LTE partners will be AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Bell, and Telus, while 3G connectivity will be world-ready. Additionally, the new iPad can be used as a personal hotspot if the carriers support it.
The next iPad will be available on March 16 with preorders starting today. Prices start at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB WiFi-only iPads. WiFi+ 4G-capable iPads will go for $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB.
In grade school, studies of space are often limited to the eight (that was nine in my day, Pluto fans) planets of the solar system. Discover the mysteries that lie beyond our own planetary backyard on the iPad app Journey to the Exoplanets ($10), which examines the outer planets that continue to be discovered.
Created by Scientific American magazine, the app includes audio, video, illustrated, and essay tours of the planets. If none of these new exoplanets impress you much, build your own perfect planet complete with its own star and gravitational patterns. It's not all fun, games, and planet creation as there is a whole lot of learning to do in Journey to the Exoplanets. An interactive timeline charting the history of space exploration, how a star's light is seen, and science experiments for little astronomers round out an iPad must for the space geek.
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