My how time flies; it’s already been two years since the iPad was originally released, and what a ride it has been. I remember the storm of rumors around it beforehand, and when it was first announced, it was panned by critics as either a big iPod touch and questions abounde about what it did that you couldn’t do with anything else. I saw its potential, though, and wanted one right away. Apparently millions of others agreed as well and began using, in my opinion, one of the best computing devices ever made.
Like the iPhone before it, the iPad has changed the way many people compute. In fact, it doesn’t quite feel like computing anymore, which is a bold statement. It just feels natural, with a computing device that finally embraced and captured how things should interact, read, and how the Internet should work. The iPad thrust forth a fully seamless experience that has altered the way many people read, learn, study, and do practically anything any app will allow them to do. Article Continues…
Apple’s third generation iPad announcement came with a lot of upgrades, but due to most of the announcements being leaked out long before showtime, there were few surprises. The least surprising was the long-rumored Retina display, which makes it easy to underestimate it’s impact on the “post-PC” era. Without a doubt, the Apple Retina display is a huge game changer. Perhaps the biggest of all the upgrades. Really! The biggest.
If you’ve had an iPhone 4 or 4s for a while, take a look at an iPhone 3Gs and see how pixelated everything looks. Now imagine that effect when viewing the non-Retina display on any computer. That’s the huge difference that the Retina Display offers, and it’s a trend that’s going to change a lot of people’s perception of what a computer is, and the quality expectations thereof.
Sure, we’ve had Retina displays in the iPhone 4 for almost a couple years, but using a Retina display at a large scale is going to dramatically change the way people view normal PC/Mac monitors. The pixels on today’s monitors will seem obvious and huge to those who’ve lived with a new iPad for awhile, relegating even a new iMac’s glorious monitor to second-tier status compared the iPad display quality.
The 11” MacBook Air has one of the highest pixels per inch of any computer with 135 pixels per inch, with most all other monitors having somewhere from 90-110 pixels per inch. Compare that to the iPad’s Retina display with 264 pixels per inch, and the iPhone’s with 326 pixel per inch displays and it’s easy to see that, pretty soon, all computers are going to have a lesser display quality compared to the iPad. Article Continues…
Yesterday’s iPad launch gave us a lot of new features; Retina Displays, HD cameras, voice dictation, and bevy of other tweaks and improvements. However, there was one other change that nobody on stage really called a lot of attention to: the name.
Similar to its iPhone brethren, when the iPad moved to its first major update, a numeral was added to the end of the name to distinguish it from the original. We had the iPad and the iPad 2. Logically, most expected this latest update to be named the iPad 3.
Au contraire, mon frère. Article Continues…
Well, another Apple Event has come and gone. As per usual at these events, things started out with the requisite Apple cheerleading…
- iPad “reinvented” portable computing.
- “Post PC” Devices making up 76% of Apple’s sales.
- 25 billion apps downloaded from the App Store.
- Apple stores all around the world – turnout is astronomical.
and so on. If you want to hear all that for yourself, you can view the whole presentation on Apple’s Events site.
Finally, though, Tim Cook and Company got down off the soapbox and started talking about the things we were looking for: new hardware and software.
Cook started out by talking about Siri and how it’s easily his favorite feature. He then went on to mention that the service will now be available in Japan today – in iOS 5.1. Other announcements were made (we’ll get to those in a sec), and the only other mention was that the stock apps were updated to take advantage of the new hardware. Article Continues…
This morning, the online Apple Store has been taken down temporarily stating “We are busy updating the store for you and will be back shortly.” This action usually indicates a new product being released or updated.
This time around, it’s pretty much expected that we’ll see an update to the iPad – iPad 3, if you’re counting. The questions are mostly centered around the tech specs of the new model. What kind of processor – A5 or will we see an A6 pop up? Rumors abound that we’ll be seeing an HD display on this model, and there’s even talk that this model will feature some sort of haptic feedback to allow you to “feel” what’s on the display to some extent.
We’ll have the details for you here on the OWC Blog as soon as we confirm what the actual changes are. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Store s back up, and new hardware & software has been announced.