Apple is, as expected, unveiling the new iPad as I type. They still haven’t told us its name, but we do know the big new features of it. These include:
— Retina Display at 2048X1536
— New processor with ‘quad-core graphics’.
— 4G LTE support! And they claim battery life remains just as good as it has been.
— HD video recording in 1080p.
— Improved iSight back camera.
— Voice dictation.
— Prices stay at the same levels as with the original iPad and iPad 2.
We’ll have lots more coverage and thoughts as the day goes on – maybe we’ll even know the name soon.
Not much longer to wait now, for the next-gen iPad announcement at least. Then we might well be into waiting on the release and being able to pre-order but lets not worry about that just yet.
If you’re looking to follow along live with Apple’s iPad 3 / iPad HD event starting in a little over an hour (at 1:00 Eastern) there are a number of good sites that always offer excellent liveblog coverage. Fortune Tech has got a good list of a number of these here.
My favorite for these events is gdgt with Ryan Block generally providing excellent, instant analysis. This is their liveblog page for today. And here are a few others I’ll be following on my iPad and MacBook Pro:
It looks like Apple will not be livestreaming the event today. There will be some live streams on Ustream, but in the past I’ve found those are often poor quality and that they drop in and out frequently. Your mileage may vary.
Oh, and of course I’ll be sharing some thoughts and reactions here throughout today.
The latest rumors on the day before Apple’s iPad 3 announcement event include a number of sources saying that the next-gen iPad will be called the iPad HD, not iPad 3. The argument here is that iPad HD is a much clearer indication of the key new feature – a hugely improved, retina quality display for the next iPad.
We’ve seen Apple go with the iPhone 3G name for their second-gen iPhone, so the iPad HD name as a possibility doesn’t seem far fetched.
I’ve also seen a survey claiming that up to 42% of current iPad owners have plans to buy the next iPad, whatever its name ends up being. So I’m curious – how many of you dear readers are planning to get the iPad 3 / iPad HD? It would be great to hear how you’re leaning – if you have a moment add a comment saying whether you plan to buy, you’re not planning to, or it all depends on what Apple announces about the next-gen iPad.
This is the iPad rumor that just won’t go away: that we’re going to see another iPad model released this fall. Dubbed the iPad HD it is said to be not an iPad 3, but an addition to the iPad line, with upgraded display and targeted at a ‘Pro’ market. Here’s what Joshua Topolsky, the former editor-in-chief at Engadget and now writing at ThisIsMyNext, had to say on this yesterday:
Our sources are saying that not only will there be a newly designed iPhone coming in the fall, but there is going to be a new entry into the iPad family as well. As hard as it might be to believe, the new tablet is said to sport a double resolution screen (2048 x 1536), and will be dubbed the “iPad HD.” The idea behind the product is apparently that it will be a “pro” device aimed at a higher end market — folks who work in video and photo production possibly — and will be introduced alongside something like an iPad version of Final Cut or Aperture. This product is specifically said tonot be the iPad 3, rather a complimentary piece of the iPad 2 line. Think MacBook and MacBook Pro.
MG Siegler of TechCrunch also posted on this yesterday, with a reminder that he first reported on this (an iPad refresh this fall) back in February.
I have zero inside sources on this or any related subjects, but if I were betting I’d be awfully tempted to bet on this one – as usually when Apple rumors are as persistent as this one has been, they end up being proved true.
John Gruber at Daring Fireball has an interesting post up about what the rest of this year may hold in terms of new iPad releases and the tablet market in general. The second most interesting thing he has to say is this, about the market for the iPad and other tablet devices:
The growth potential of this market is too big to be estimated. I genuinely believe that these platforms are the future of the entire computing industry. The market for these tablets — and whatever other future form factors arrive running these OSes — will soon, collectively, be bigger than today’s Windows/Mac PC market.
I think that’s absolutely right. I don’t see how it couldn’t be – with the trend toward mobile computing accelerating all the time.
Then there’s the most interesting thing about Gruber’s post – his guess that we may see two big iPad releases this year. Those would be the iPad 2 as expected in April, and then an iPad Pro type device or an iPad HD(with retina display) in September.