by CHRIS TERCERO
If you have been waiting for the iPad 3 to come out, you are not alone. Many people have been anticipating the next iPad since the last iPad came out. When the iPad 2 came out, many people started circulating rumors of the next iPad that wasn’t set to come out for another year, but now that the announcement date is so close, many people keep the rumors coming with indications of things that are really unreasonable. Some of the rumors are pointing towards a new, smaller iPad that will be released shortly after the next iPad. Also, many people think the next iPad won’t even be the iPad 3, as many people call it, but simply an iPad 2s. Although we know many of the rumors most likely aren’t true, there are many key factors that keep arising that may be true.
The next iPad will most likely keep the same shape and screen size, but sport a new retina display similar to the ones found on the new iPod and iPhone; however, the screen will be much larger than the iPod’s and iPhone’s, but will still be as clear as them.
Another rumor is that the next ipad will have LTE. This was rumored in the iPad 2 as well, but it never made it in. Now with AT&T and Verizon having LTE networks, it’s a higher priority for Apple to take advantage of it.
The battery is said to be the same or even bigger with more hours to do the stuff you love on the iPad. With the iPad 2 having 10 hours of battery, the next iPad would be even more amazing to have a longer lasting battery. The battery is such a crucial thing to an electronic device and to have more hours on a battery gives you more time to play games and surf the web.
The camera, a thing every electronic device seems to have nowadays, should be upgraded to an 8MP to match the iPhone 4s. With a better camera, the iPad could beat out all it’s competitors. The camera is something everyone wants, and as phones and tablets get better cameras they will start replacing regular cameras.
The processor; every electronic has to have one, it is the core to the device that makes the electronic work. The next iPad will be getting a faster processor to make the response time between you touching the icon, to it loading. Siri; everyone loves it. Others try to copy it, but the beloved robot helper on the iPhone 4s is finally going to be coming to the next iPad so you can ask all the questions you can come up with.
Enough with the rumors already! Lets get to reality. On Wednesday March 7, 2012 the rumors were put to rest and the new iPad was announced. Many of you may already know the new features of the iPad but if you don’t know about the new iPad here’s what it has.
The new iPad has an iSight 5MP camera that shoots 1080p. The camera has face detection that sets the exposure just right for everyone’s face. It also has an auto stabilizer to make the videos more stable, and not so shaky as they would be on other devices. The cameras optics, software, and processors have all been updated to make the photos it takes stunning.
The retina display that everyone has been anxiously waiting for, was finally announced for the iPad and it features a sharper image than an HDTV, which is pretty impressive. The retina display has four times more pixels than the iPad 2, and 1 million more pixels than an HDTV. The screen resolution is 2048 by 1536, which is twice the resolution than the iPad 2. To make the retina display possible, the engineers at Apple had to elevate the pixels and separate them from their signals to create a crystal clear image that people would love.
Apple also added in voice dictation so if you don’t want to type you can talk to the iPad, and it will know exactly what you said. For the first time ever, an Apple device now runs on the 4G LTE network; it works with any network that runs LTE. Now the iPad will run a lot faster when using data. The 4G network is something that all the devices are upgrading to, so for the iPad to have it, it is now in the battle of 4G. The LTE only added to the other bands that work with other networks, so now, when you go to different countries you can now use your iPad to roam on other 3G networks. And to top off the adding of 4G, you can now share it with other devices with its personal hot spot if your carrier allows it.
Apple also upgraded the A5 chip to an A5X chip which allows faster processing of images and a faster response time. The chip allows the new iPad to run twice as fast as the previous model, and features a quad-core processor to power all 3.1 million pixels on the display. With the new A5X chip, you won’t feel the new iPad lag in anything it can do. The battery is still able to hold 10 hours of play time, so it is there for you when you need it.
Although somethings might have changed, the iPad still looks, feels, and weighs the nearly the same as the iPad 2. With all these major advancements for Apples new iPad, it will be interesting to see how well it does on the market.