Wednesday, March 7, 2012

APPLE: Let's talk iPad

So today was Apple's conference at which most people were expecting to see the new iPad 3 or iPad HD. The rumors were flying as to what we'd see in the new device and if everything was true, the device probably wouldn't function and would cost about $4,000. So what was the big news from today? Check it out:

 - 76% of Apple revenues in 2011 were from mobile devices, not computers. That's an insanely huge portion of their profits.
 - 315 million iOS devices sold through last year, 62 million in one quarter alone. Craziness.
 - Siri is hitting Japan today.
 - 585,000 apps currently in the app store.
 - 25 BILLION apps have been downloaded, that's an absurd number.
 - iTunes in the Cloud will now support movies in 1080p!

New Apple TV:
 - Supports 1080p with a "streamlined new user interface."
 - You can get your iTunes playlists on the TV from the iCloud and photos and third party apps are easy to access.
 - Apple TV will cost $99. Not too shabby.

Let's talk iPad:
 - 15.4 million sold in last quarter. HP sold 15.1 million PCs in the same quarter. Tablets are definitely the future.
 - Over 200,000 apps that are custom made for the iPad.

The New iPad!
 - Retina display. For the first time the iPad has a higher resolution than the screen at the conference, makes it tough for them to showcase the clarity. Ha!
 - Gorgeous, high resolution display.
 - 2048 x 1536, running 3.1 million pixels the most ever in a mobile device. Literally more pixels (over a million) and clarity than 1080p. Wow.
 - 40% better color saturation than previous devices.
 - There IS a physical "Home" button, debunking rumors that the system would be the first without one.
 - A5X Processor, quad-core graphics! Good Lord this thing is going to look incredible.

 - iSight camera: basically the same as the iPhone 4S which means it will look great. Auto-exposure, auto-focus, all that jazz.
 - 1080p video recording as expected.
 - Voice dictation: A taste of Siri on the iPad.
 - 4G LTE! A faster experience through the AT&T and Verizon networks. New iPad now has 21Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA at 42Mbps, with LTE taking the cake at 73Mbps.
 - Opening links and photos on emails and such is going to be infinitely faster.
 - Telus, Rogers and Bell are other 4G LTE networks around the world.
 - iPad can now be a personal hotspot if the carrier supports it. Nice!
 - 10 hours of battery life and 9 on 4G! That is nothing short of phenomenal! Damn impressive Apple.

 - 9.4mm thin weighing in at 1.4 pounds, slightly heavier than previous iterations.
 - $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. $629, $729 and $829 for the 4G models!
 - Same exact prices as the current iPad!
 - The new iPad is available on March 16th!

 - Pre-orders start today!
 - US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan all on day one! Apple's largest rollout ever!
 - Video game graphics look pretty!
 - HDR Graphics and tone-mapping. Basically means it's going to look beautiful...of course.
 - INFINITY BLADE: DUNGEONS! This entry puts you on a quest to craft the ultimate weapon. Looks to build on what made Infinity Blade great and improve the formula even more.
 - WOW. Apparently more memory AND screen resolution than BOTH the Xbox 360 and PS3?!?! Ridiculous.

 - It is apparently called the "New iPad" not iPad HD or iPad 3.
 - New iMovie, etc. etc.
 - Introducing iPhoto for iPad! 19 megapixel photos. Available today for $4.99.
 - Bezel gesture support.
 - No new dock connector, debunking another rumor.
 - iPad2 price drops by $100 per model. Definitely an incredible deal for someone who wants a 2.

Well it sounds like that's about it from the Apple conference today. I don't really know what I can add other than I'm f**king pumped to see it in action. With a quad-core processor, 4G LTE, retina display and more The new iPad is going to put Apple that much more ahead of the competition this year. Not to mention for the same price that the iPad 2 was listed at! What do you think? Will you be getting The new iPad on day one???

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