Apple’s New iPad Raises the Bar For Tablets

Apple recently introduced the new iPad.  We saw a major breakthrough with this launch.  It had many new features such as a Retina Display on a tablet and a voice dictation.  In this post, I will discuss some new features of the iPad.  I think you’ll agree these features are amazing, and make this iPad worth buying.  The new features will definitely attract a broad market of customers.

The New iPad

Retina Display

Retina Display

Retina Display

     The major new feature is the Retina Display.  I’ve used it and have to say it looks phenomenal.  The retina display was seen before on the iPhone and iPod touch.  It is basically a high-resolution display that has very tiny pixels, which the human eye cannot distinguish.  The resolution is 2048 x 1536, and in fact, it has one million more pixels than your HDTV.  That is 4 times more pixels than the iPad 2, and there is 44% greater color saturation.  The new iPad experience is just one you cannot get on any other tablet because of this amazing, new display technology.  Apps optimized for the Retina Display look stunning.  It’s the best display I’ve ever seen on a mobile device.

A5X Chip

A5X Chip

The iPad needs a powerful processor to power all those pixels on the new iPad.  That is where the new A5X chip shines.  It’s got quad-core graphics, so gameplay is stunning.  Navigating this device is smooth and fluid.  Scrolling, pinching, and zooming all work well on the new iPad, thanks to the quad-core graphics.  The chip is still dual-core, like the iPad 2.  I tested out the gameplay, and it was just stunning.  The graphics have dramatically improved on this iPad.  Despite this bump in graphic performance, the new iPad still retains that 10 hour battery life the other iPads had.

iSight Camera

iSight Camera
iSight Camera

     The new rear-facing iSight camera has got some new tricks up its sleeve.  First of all, the quality was increased to 5 megapixels, which gives your photos sharp quality.  The new face detection feature allows the iPad to recognize up to 10 faces at a time, balancing the focus and exposure.  Video recording is now 1080p, rather than the 720p we had on the iPad 2.  The video quality really makes it a great video-shooting camera on a mobile device.  If you’re not very good with holding the iPad while recording, no worries.  There is automatic video stabilization, which uses software to help keep the video stabilized.  Quality isn’t just about megapixels.  The optics are just as crucial.  To start off, there is an increased aperture lens, so photos will look brighter and better.  There’s also an advanced hybrid IR filter, to keep out harmful IR light, so color accuracy is improved.  The photos I’ve seen look very high quality, and they’re clearly better than on iPad 2.

4G LTE

4G LTE

Network speeds have improved on the new iPad, thanks to the new 4G LTE wireless technology.  It replaces the 3G, which was found on previous iPads.  This is Apple’s first 4G device.  The iPad is available with 4G LTE support on either AT&T or Verizon.  The speed of 4G LTE is hard to believe.  You can surf the web, read email, watch videos, and more at blazing speed.  This is the first iPad to have a personal hotspot feature built-in.  This feature is available only on the Verizon version, and AT&T is not offering it.

Dictation

Dictation
Dictation

     Dictation allows you to speak to type anything.  You can compose an email, send a text, search the web.  Instead of manually typing something out, you can just touch the microphone on the keyboard, and you can say something while the iPad listens to what you say.  After you tap done, your words are literally written on the screen of the iPad.  Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can use it with Facebook or Twitter, for example.  I think this is a very handy feature that many people will use.  I personally use this feature more than typing because the keyboard is hard to type on.  Talking will save you some time and effort.  Sometimes, it would hear you wrong, but for the most part, it was an excellent alternative for typing, considering how hard it is to type on mobile devices.

In the end, I think this is a worthwhile update to the iPad.  If you have an iPad 1st generation or don’t have an iPad at all, this update will be a worthwhile update for you.  This sales have definitely been rising, so many people seem to love the new features on this iPad.  If you don’t want to buy the new iPad, I would definitely recommend trying one out at an Apple Retail Store.

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