This is always the $64,000 question on any new iPad / Apple device unveiling – what’s new and improved? Or what are the key things that will make me want to upgrade. And just as always I’m sure there will be plenty of people saying how there’s just not enough new to satisfy them, or that’s it’s a ‘minor upgrade’ and so forth.
Anyone who’s saying those sort of things because the iPad does not look drastically different or have a brand new design is just not paying much attention to what the iPad is – a game-changing device that’s far ahead of all rivals and a massive hit with consumers, enterprise, in education and in just about every area possible. It’s the ultimate example of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’.
For those who are weighing up the upgrade based on headline new features / functionality, here’s a quick rundown of what those are:
— Hugely improved, new retina display. This looks amazing in the demos and will improve every bit of the experience of using the iPad. It should also lead to some incredible new apps and updates to existing apps and games.
— Processor Upgrade: A faster dual-core processor with quad-core graphics. This should provide the speed and power needed to accompany the major upgrade of the display.
— 4G LTE: for blazing cellular data speeds.
Now the new iPad supports HSPA+ for up to 21Mbps, and if you haven’t heard about dual-carrier HSDPA for up to 42Mbps.
— Improved Camera: 5-megapixel iSight camera, capable of shooting 1080p video.
— Dictation: Dedicated key added to the keyboard so you can speak notes, messages, emails etc.
— Same Battery Life: Not new of course, but Apple claims battery life will be just as good with the powerful new display. It will be interesting to see how much battery life suffers when using LTE.
So that’s the headline list of new features for the new iPad. For more details and even a very clever demo of the retina display, check out Apple’s features page for the new iPad.
I’d say the retina display makes the upgrade worthwhile right off the bat. LTE will be great I it doesn’t chew up battery so fast that it’s not worth using. Dictation capabilities are a good new feature too, and it works with 3rd party apps too. I’ll use that a lot.
You’ll no doubt be shocked to hear that I’ll be getting the new iPad, and lining up on launch day to acquire it. How about you? Now that it’s been unveiled, are you going to be getting one?