The new iPad is available in stores today.
Yes this is a Windows 8 blog but trying to ignore this monster would be impossible. Kinda like having a lion come into your house and expecting you to continue a conversation with a friend.
Microsoft’s arch nemesis Apple has raised the bar for what a Windows 8 Tablet should be.
Apple has radically improved the new iPad by making the display dramatically better and making the delivery of content dramatically faster.
There are other changes in the new, third-generation iPad—called simply “iPad,” with no number, which goes on sale on Friday at the same base price as its predecessor, $499.
The key upgrades are to those core features—the 9.7-inch screen and the data speed over cellular networks. These upgrades are massive. Using the new display is like getting a new eyeglasses prescription—you suddenly realize what you thought looked sharp before wasn’t nearly as sharp as it could be.
Boosting those particular features—the screen and the cellular speed—usually has a negative impact on battery life in a digital device.
But Apple has managed to crank them up them while maintaining the long battery life between charges that has helped give the iPad such an edge over other tablets.
Walter Mossberg talks a lot more about the new iPad in this video.
Apple’s new iPad is proving to be another hot-seller, with hundreds queueing at stores across Asia to be the first to get their hands on the 4G-ready tablet computer as the company’s share price hit $600 for the first time.
As consumers lined up around city streets to buy the iPad, one firm that took the new device apart said Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Samsung Electronics had all held onto their prized roles as key parts suppliers.
David Tarasenko, a 34-year-old construction manager who was the first to pick up the iPad from a Telstra store at midnight in Sydney, said ever since Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed the tablet’s third iteration, he couldn’t wait to get one.
“When Tim Cook announced it, it sounded like such a magical tool. I just got hyped into it, I guess,” he said.
The new iPad is a progressive development of Apple’s tablet, with a more powerful CPU and screen and better camera. It was not marketed as a revolutionary product like earlier versions, yet Apple devotees still snapped up the latest version.
“The iPad is already a pretty mature product and it’s hard to revolutionise it any further,” said Dickie Chang, an analyst with research firm IDC based in Hong Kong.
“It’s slightly heavier than its predecessors and I think Asian consumers will be more concerned about that,” he said.
“Going ahead, with Tim Cook at the helm now, I think he may have to come up with another product to mark his stamp. That could come in the form of launching a smaller iPad with a longer battery life, for instance.”
Crowds were down on previous Apple launches, but there was still excitement as stores opened.
Analysts are expecting over 1 million units to be sold today.