Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The new iPad 3

Apple announced the newest version of the iPad today.  For most users, I don't think it will really make that much difference compared to the iPad 2, which is already very nice and I happen to own one.  However, from a technology standpoint, the iPad 3 rocks.  Two big things to me:

First, the new screen is off the charts for high resolution.  It has four times the number of pixels as the iPad 2, measuring in at 2048x1536.  This is higher than any laptop I have ever seen.  Most laptop screens have a long side of 1400 or 1650 pixels.  I have a ThinkPad W500 whose screen is 1920 x 1200.  Even a big HDTV is only 1920 x 1080.  Apple managed to squeeze all those pixels into a 9.7" screen.  I would love to see one.  It should be gorgeous.

Second, they increased the CPU to a quad processor, improved the graphics processor, quadrupled the pixels on the screen, added a 4G (LTE) cellular modem, and increased the battery capacity all without changing the price form the iPad 2.

Looks like Apple will continue to dominate the tablet market for a while longer.
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