Apple says that it sold more than 60 million iOS devices in the last quarter. Apple also says that it sold more iPads last quarter than any PC manufacturer sold PCs.
“We think that iPad is the poster child of the post-PC world. The momentum behind iPad has been incredible, and it surprised virtually everyone,” Tim Cook said in this morning’s major media event. “When we set out to create the iPad, we set out to create not just a new product, but a new category. And we said that in order to do that, the iPad had to be the best device for doing the kinds of things you do the most often, things like browsing the web or checking e-mail.”
The iPhone 4S may have been a modest disappointment to some, but the new iPad certainly can’t be. First of all, there is the much-hyped Retina Display: “Until you see it, you can’t understand how amazing it is,” Apple says.
The Retina resolution will be 2048×1536 pixels, just under 300 pixels per inch. At a total of more than 3.1 million pixels, this is a higher definition than 1080p. The Retina Display also boasts 44% greater colour saturation.
The new iPad will run on an A5X processor with quad-core graphics, offering an all-around speed boost to accommodate the new display. The camera has also been vastly improved: a 5-megapixel sensor and much of the advanced technology utilized in the iPhone 4S, including face detection and temporal noise reduction. And now you can record video in 1080p.
Siri didn’t quite make it to the iPad, but her little sister did. “Voice dictation” will be available on Apple’s new tablet, via a new microphone, which is sort of like a dumber Siri with limited capabilities.
The new iPad will also be compatible with 4G LTE networks, allowing for incredibly fast data download speeds. Rogers, Bell, and Telus will support this in Canada. Personal Hotspot will also be included, allowing the iPad to power internet on your Macbook, for example.
Size wise, the iPad hasn’t changed much. It will weigh 1.4 pounds and is 9.4mm thin.
Amazingly, despite a superior processor and higher-res display, the battery life has remained the same. Expect up to 10 hours of battery life, and nine hours even when on 4G.
Also amazingly, despite the extra manufacturing costs of these improvements, the iPad’s pricing will remain the same. And best of all, pre-orders start today. (Available March 16.)
There is not yet an official named associated with Apple’s new tablet.