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.
Jeremy Horwitz, the Editor-in-Chief of iLounge.com, has apparently laid eyes on the next generation iPad, at CES yesterday.
Horwitz says the new iPad he saw is a lot more like an iPad 2S, in terms of looks and size. It looks virtually identical to an iPad 2 and is very nearly the same size – just a tiny bit thicker (around 1mm). All its buttons are the same and in the same place.
From the back, you could walk past this new iPad on display and have no idea that anything had changed.
Another small differences noted by Horwitz is on the rear camera:
… the camera in the upper left corner has become bigger—noticeably so when placed alongside the iPad 2, but not so huge that anyone would think they were different at a distance. The new camera hole is silver-ringed, and does in fact look the same size as the iPhone 4S’s much-improved rear camera system, minus the LED flash.
The good news in relation to the size remaining almost exactly the same as the iPad 2 is that most iPad 2 accessories should also work with the iPad 3 if this all proves accurate. One of the main exceptions will be cases that are designed to fit the back of the iPad very precisely (the same sort of cases that will not fit correctly if you apply a screen protector type cover).
Shanzai.com, a site that follows China’s technology industry, has posted a rumor to the effect that Apple’s next tablet will resemble "an oversized iPhone 4" rather than a smaller iPad. Shanzai says that they have "ears to the ground in Shenzen," the home of Apple contract manufacturer Foxconn, and that loose lips have stated that the 7" tablet is a "finished product."
That’s a slice from a recent article at TUAW, but the same thing has been reported all round the web this week. Rumors of a smaller iPad model have been around just about ever since the iPad was released, but they seem to have gained ground this week.
I’m still a little on the fence about how appealing a new, smaller model will be – but leaning towards thinking it would be a nice to see a small ‘range’ of iPads consisting of the full-size and 7 inch models and both WiFi only and 3G options.
Apple is internally testing the first material update to its iOS 4.0 mobile operating system against a handful of new devices, including next-generation iPod touches, an iPad revision, and an "unknown" product, AppleInsider has discovered.
According to people familiar with the matter, the latest beta of iOS 4.1, due to ship in the coming weeks, includes three new "Configuration Descriptors" within its USB configuration files — all of which pertain to devices that list "Apple, Inc." as their "manufacturer" … The second unreleased product referenced in the USB configuration files is "iProd 2,1." All indications are that this device represents a material update to the company’s iPad, as the inaugural version of the device released this past April was similarly listed in configuration files as "iProd 1,1" prior to its announcement.
Emphasis above is mine. Very cool to see that a next gen iPad may already be in testing with the upcoming iOS 4.1. It still feels very early to be talking about new models, but hey while we’re here I’ll vote for cameras and more RAM as my two big wish list items.
Via: Apple Insider