The new iPad announced, coming March 16th [Update]

As promised, Apple has announced a new version of its best selling tablet, the iPad. As reported by Engadget, the tablet has much of what was rumored beforehand to be included in terms of hardware. That includes a Retina touch screen display that supports 3.1 million pixels and a resolution of 2048x1536.

The new iPad also has, as expected, a A5X processor and a quad-core graphics chip which Apple CEO claims is four times as powerful as NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor. It also supports the faster LTE wireless networks from Verizon and AT&T. It can also serve as a wireless hotspot. Apple claims that even with LTE running, battery life on the tablet is expected to be nine hours. Users can also check out a five megapixel rear facing camera.

Pricing begins at $499 for the 16 GB WiFi only version with $599 for the 32 GB version and $699 for the 64 GB port. The WiFi/3G/4G pricing starts at $629 for the 16 GB version, $729 for the 32 GB version and $829 for the 64 GB port. Pre-orders are scheduled to start today and it will officially launch on March 16th.

Update 1 - Apple has announced that the 16 GB iPad 2 will continue to be made and it will get a $100 price cut, meaning you can now get a WiFi only 16 GB iPad 2 for $399 and a WiFi/3G version for $529.

Update 2 - In an unusual move, the official name for the third generation iPad has been revealed to be ... The new iPad. Nope, not the iPad 3 and not iPad HD. Weird.

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I love my iPad, I use it multiple times every day and life would not be so good without it. I stood in line for iPad 1, got an iPad 2 and pretty soon I will upgrade to the latest iPad. Soon after getting my first iPad I sold my lap top and I have never regretted it once. The iPad does everything my lap top did only better, easier, quicker. If I need a full computer then I have my iMac. I expect for many many people (most probably people who don't read internet tech forums like NeoWin) they will easily find the value in the iPad over a lap top like I have.

I am really looking forward to the latest iPad with the better screen and if you have used the iPhone 4/4S you will know the big difference that the retina display gives you.

Apple are drawing in customers with devices that people find valuable and useful.... millions and millions of iPad users can attest to this.

Moving forward the retina display will be a big differentiator between the latest iPad and the other tablets. It will be something that ordinary people can see and experience for themselves, unlike the number of cores or RAM.

Edited by derekaw, Mar 8 2012, 7:23pm :

How long will it be before Apple users, especially iPad users get fed up with Apple releasing products that really aren't that worth waiting for? I use an iPad from time to time, and can generally say that nothing here appeals to me as a MASSIVE selling point.

Saying that, Apple seem to have a way of drawing consumers in and existing iPad 2 users into spending more money on an under-par item ... fair play to them!

Very poor name choice IMO. So when the next one is out and people ask which model iPad you have, will you still be saying "The New iPad" even though it is not ?

este said,
Very poor name choice IMO. So when the next one is out and people ask which model iPad you have, will you still be saying "The New iPad" even though it is not ?

You think? It is an iPad, right now iPad is one of the hotest brand names in tech, the latest iPad made headline news across the world when it was released, you really think there will be confusion?

You know what is confusing, the 73 editions (SKU's) of Windows 8 that will be available.

So now people are going to hold their iPads closer than one foot from their face? (Because that's about the distance required to actually be able to see the increased pixel density.) Such a waste of processing power, battery life, data bandwidth (because of increased UI resolution of apps). What were they thinking?

floopydoodle said,
So now people are going to hold their iPads closer than one foot from their face? (Because that's about the distance required to actually be able to see the increased pixel density.) Such a waste of processing power, battery life, data bandwidth (because of increased UI resolution of apps). What were they thinking?

Have you seen the difference between an iPhone with a retina display and an iPhone without? The retina display makes a BIG difference to the experience, it is crisper, cleaner and you cant see the pixels on the retina display. I suggest you go look once the latest iPad is in the stores and you will then get a better idea about why the better display is so important. If you can have a better display (plus the other improvements) for the same price why would you not?

Moving forward the retina display will be a big differentiator between the iPad and the other tablets. It will be something that ordinary people can see and experience for themselves, unlike the number of cores or RAM.

another hardware tweak. great, you guys talk as if the whole industry is moving towards VGA days, but apple is going HD.

adding up more pixels and cores make apple great.

Quad-core GPU and a new proceesor for New Ipad....

Does that mean the new Ipad is much more powerful than my core2duo laptop?

Not iPad 3 becasue they don't want to get caught up in the versioning anymore... the platform has offically matured. It is now like the Mac Book, and Mac Book Air etc...

I'm confused... does anyone have the full specs on the GPU inside the new iPad. What do they mean by 4 Core GPU... how many GPU cores does each of these cores have? Throwing around the word core gets confusing. NVidia states in the Tegra 3 specs that it has 12 cores... we know that to be the GPU Cuda based cores. The emphasis on 4 GPU cores makes me think that they need a way to draw attention away from them not having the 4 CPU cores that Tegra 3 has... Nevertheless, I can imagine the need of more GPU power in any case, to run that gorgeous display... I would like to still see more spec on the iPad GPU before I just take their work for it. Guy, any links? I have seen the Apple spec… too simple just stating 4 GPU cores… that means nothing if you don't know what they mean by “cores.”

As expected, nothing revolutionary, and for the most part appearing to play catch-up.

Having said that, the hardware platform is definitely desirable. I find it funny how they tout 'color saturation' as a feature. Will be interesting to see a comparison between the new screen and a SAMOLED Plus screen.

In any case, what annoys me, is that the Australian Apple online store is touting the new iPad as Wifi + 4G, claiming it has 'blazing fast wireless speeds'. To me, this is borderline misleading advertising as there is no Australian 4G/LTE telecom network that their '4G' chip can access. Telstra's LTE network is on a different frequency band.

So ironically it looks like Apple loyalists will have to wait at least another year before accessing 4G networks locally.

Seriously...this has got to be this world's greatest gSheep thread of idiot comments I have seen yet on this board. If you don't like it...don't buy it.

No flash for new iPad 3 camera.
Anyone else a little disappointed? I mean 5mp is great, but to take advantage of that I would think an led flash would compliment it nicely.

Win4Ever said,

Works perfectly for me on both 32 bits and 64 bits IE 9 on Win 7
And works on Chrome and Firefox as well.
Maybe you guys need to install Quicktime.

Weird - have tried on 2 PC's, both have Quicktime, broken on both.

wotsit said,

Weird - have tried on 2 PC's, both have Quicktime, broken on both.

Based on the times you did it at, I suspect high traffic. I couldn't place my orders until about 2 hours ago.

Hmm.. I guess I should exchange this Asus Transformer Prime I just picked up for a new newer newest but newer ipad

Yawn... I am still awaiting on the magical device... I am not shelling out money for this iPad, since I already have the iPad2.... I have a feeling that my next pad will most likely run Windows 8

th3r3turn said,
Is there a list of when they release this around the world?

US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16. with much of the rest of the globe to follow on March 23

I'm not a big fan of Apple and there is no chance I would buy one of these because of how locked down the platform is (no side loading, no storage expansion, etc.) but reading through these comment I don't know how people can't give them credit for the impressive screen and GPU power. Having a > 1920x1200 resolution on a < 10" screen a first as far as I know. Sure there have been higher rez displays but not smaller than 10" to my knowledge. Likewise while the CPU may not be that impressive compared to the quad cores out for Android now this thing does have a beast of a GPU. In fact the GPU is pretty much the same thing as what's on the PlayStation Vita (Quad Core PowerVR Series5XT SGXMP) and as Apple claims this thing should smoke the Tegra 3. I only hope Samsung, HTC, LG, etc. can catch up to this soon. Competition is good people.

I think the only reason people aren't giving them credit is they can't see how anyone could notice the difference.

If you put a LePad 1920x1200 and an iPad 3 2048x1536 side-by-side showing an image or a web page -- would you know the difference?
Both tablets are about 10".
I think a very small percentage of the population, if any, would.

Sacha said,
I think the only reason people aren't giving them credit is they can't see how anyone could notice the difference.

If you put a LePad 1920x1200 and an iPad 3 2048x1536 side-by-side showing an image or a web page -- would you know the difference?
Both tablets are about 10".
I think a very small percentage of the population, if any, would.

I think the vast majority of people would notice a difference of 841,728 pixels. I'm not sure they would care, but they would notice.

Sacha said,
I think the only reason people aren't giving them credit is they can't see how anyone could notice the difference.

If you put a LePad 1920x1200 and an iPad 3 2048x1536 side-by-side showing an image or a web page -- would you know the difference?
Both tablets are about 10".
I think a very small percentage of the population, if any, would.

Have you compared an iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 4? Once you use a retina display you can't go back. I can see the pixel on my iPad 2. I won't be upgrading to this iPad but when I eventually do I look forward to not being able to see the pixels

Sacha said,
I think the only reason people aren't giving them credit is they can't see how anyone could notice the difference.

If you put a LePad 1920x1200 and an iPad 3 2048x1536 side-by-side showing an image or a web page -- would you know the difference?
Both tablets are about 10".
I think a very small percentage of the population, if any, would.


I don't think you grasp how much of a difference that is in resolution. As Shadrack said the difference is 841,728 pixels and that's a lot. In fact the iPad 2's entire screen resolution at 1024x768 is less than that at only 786,432. Oh I think people will notice. As for if it's needed that's another case. I personally don't see much point in going over 1920xY where Y is whatever you need for the aspect ratio you want so it would have been 1440 to keep the 4:3 that the previous iPads had but that would cause scaling issues with legacy apps so Apple just doubled both hight and width. Whether it's necessary or not is beside the point to me it's still an impressive accomplishment.

The new gTablet...except that it runs Gingerbread, won't get updated to ICS, and will be outdated within a month by a slightly more advanced model. All yours for $599 when you sign up for a 2 year contract with you local cellular carrier. Not only that but it will require a community that Google doesn't endorse and none of the manufacturers in order to put ICS on it.

Please o please let me give Google my money right now!!!!!! /s

What is this? Wrong thread?

Updates are quite quick now and manufacturers have to promise an 18-month updates period to be a Google device now.
Asus is probably the best for updates, which is ironic as they seem to have the best Android tabs. All their tablets released this year and last are currently on ICS and will be getting Jelly Bean this year, AFAIK.

neorik said,
the new ipad: more pixels, more thickness, more weight; the wrists thank!

Same thickness, slightly more weight. I'm pretty dissapointed that they didn't reduce the weight in this iteration.

BlendedFrog said,
Nice to see the gSheep are out in force. God this thread is ****ed up piece of ****!!!

Gangster sheep? That sounds kinda cool, actually.

Perspective?

The high The resolution screen is nice, but hailing Apple for this ignores the past.

In 2002 Tablet PCs had 1280x800 and yet the iPad years later only had 1024x768 which was the common resolution for windows 3.1 in 1992.

Other laptops and notebooks have had 1980x1200 since 2003/2004.

And NOW Apple gets kudos for catching up to the rest of the world?

Rea

Its not how many dots, it is how tiny them damn dots are.

and yet the iPad years later only had 1024x768 which was the common resolution for windows 3.1 in 1992.

And? The Android tablets that came out about a year later were the same resolution or only slightly better! You don't have a point.

drazgoosh said,
Oh it's actually quad-core. Didn't think Apple was keeping up with technology...

Dual-core.

The video chip is quad-core (which is meaningless for video chips). Tegra 3 is 12-core, for example.

Sacha said,

Dual-core.

The video chip is quad-core (which is meaningless for video chips). Tegra 3 is 12-core, for example.

Oh that clears up a lot. Cheers

Okay, so we've now got:

2k display on a screen so small it really doesn't make a difference.

1080p media support on a device with so little storage space you can only have a couple of bluray movies on it at a time.

Wireless hotspot support on a device that has an AT&T data plan so capped you can barely use the device the way it was intended already...so don't bother trying to download streaming HD content with it.

And now it looks ugly...

I own the iPad1 and I will NEVER make that mistake again. 8)

excalpius said,
Okay, so we've now got:

2k display on a screen so small it really doesn't make a difference.


Web Pages (Non-mobile btw)

Okay a) LTE is pointless in UK atm
The display tbh, was good enough - I dunno about you but I watched films so clearly anyway.
C) the name. IS more than just irritating
D) The new processor is hardly necessary. I have everything running perfectly on iPad 2, no problem. So there's no need especially as the battery is the same... The battery will be sucked quicker
The only feature that was worthwhile is the camera because the iPad's was ****.
I love the camera for iMessage only

Richio said,
Okay a) LTE is pointless in UK atm
The display tbh, was good enough - I dunno about you but I watched films so clearly anyway.
C) the name. IS more than just irritating
D) The new processor is hardly necessary. I have everything running perfectly on iPad 2, no problem. So there's no need especially as the battery is the same... The battery will be sucked quicker
The only feature that was worthwhile is the camera because the iPad's was ****.
I love the camera for iMessage only

What exactly was you expecting then?

Richio said,
Okay a) LTE is pointless in UK atm
The display tbh, was good enough - I dunno about you but I watched films so clearly anyway.
C) the name. IS more than just irritating
D) The new processor is hardly necessary. I have everything running perfectly on iPad 2, no problem. So there's no need especially as the battery is the same... The battery will be sucked quicker
The only feature that was worthwhile is the camera because the iPad's was ****.
I love the camera for iMessage only

The new battery is almost 20 watt-hours larger.

chadlachlanross said,
How do they expect people to show off to their friends unless there is a number by the name that means "I am better than you"?

By mentioning things that actually matter about the device. Your ignorance about people is about as bad as the ignorance of the people who buy something without actually knowing the difference.

ILikeTobacco said,

By mentioning things that actually matter about the device. Your ignorance about people is about as bad as the ignorance of the people who buy something without actually knowing the difference.

That was my point. The elitist attitude that some people have. They buy it just because it has a '3' and their friends only have a '2'. Not because of any features they were looking forward to or prefer.

I'm sorry you missed that point. However, that's no excuse to respond so harshly.

chadlachlanross said,

That was my point. The elitist attitude that some people have. They buy it just because it has a '3' and their friends only have a '2'. Not because of any features they were looking forward to or prefer.

I'm sorry you missed that point. However, that's no excuse to respond so harshly.

If the point is the exactly opposite of what you said, add /s. Otherwise you are saying what many people seem to think that are anti apple. Most anti apple fanboys think that all Apple users actual walk around doing what you suggested they are doing.

This whole thing is hardly breaking news. For a device with limited capabilities, or put differently a device which only surpasses it's previous versions in specs, it is the usual over speced blahblah to make it look more impressive than it is type of BS.

But no doubt the iSheep will flock and fork out their cash once again.. kaching... Just wondering how much longer they can pull of the same trick instead of actually creating something new or more useful.

Wow, I didn't know gamer's actually prefer to game on the IPAD over the XBOX and the Playstation. That's amazing Are you kidding me Tim? You better fire your statistics team.

I love Apple's products, but with the last 2 events, does it really warrant the hype? Why only $100 price drop on the IPAD 2?

Edited by notta, Mar 7 2012, 7:15pm :

There was a survey recently with number of gamers who regularly game on mobile devices. It was huge.
Turns out they consider Farmville to be gaming.

Can somebody make a Windows 8 tablet with the same hardware specs and same price as this thing? I'll buy that right now.

Don't think you'd want the high resolution to be honest. At most 1080p/1200p would be useful. I doubt anyone would bother passing that.
But yeah, someone could technically make a Windows 8 tablet with the same specs. The PowerVR GPUs (used in iPad and PSVita) seem to be tied up though. So you'd need to wait for a similar/better GPU. There isn't one yet but maybe by middle/end of year.

So why did they want us to see and touch the iPad? I havent read the full article because nothing seems revolutionary, just a decent upgrade for your money.

All in all a decent update with no surprises. Don't really understand the 5mp camera or the crippled siri though. Also, considering they spent so long demo'ing iPhoto, an sdcard slot would have been handy! As it is you have to transfer your photos to your PC then sync with the ipad. No obvious point in doing that, just edit on your PC.

glyfz said,
All in all a decent update with no surprises. Don't really understand the 5mp camera or the crippled siri though. Also, considering they spent so long demo'ing iPhoto, an sdcard slot would have been handy! As it is you have to transfer your photos to your PC then sync with the ipad. No obvious point in doing that, just edit on your PC.

Seems people are forgetting that little thing called Photo Stream...

chrispinto said,

Seems people are forgetting that little thing called Photo Stream...

Still can't transfer your photos from your slr to the ipad without a PC though.

glyfz said,

Still can't transfer your photos from your slr to the ipad without a PC though.

Camera connection kit? It's not like there isn't options.

Thank you so much neowin for making this a single article and not like 10 at other websites.. other sights have 8 breaking news stories for a single press release yet when something like a windows 8 consumer preview is released its somewhere in the back pages and treated like second class news.. thanks

The new name makes sense. iPods and Macs aren't named numerically. I bet the iPhone will be the same this summer.

what said,
The new name makes sense. iPods and Macs aren't named numerically. I bet the iPhone will be the same this summer.

Exactly. Same with the iPod. People will start referring to the model by the year it was released or the generation.

Shadrack said,

Exactly. Same with the iPod. People will start referring to the model by the year it was released or the generation.

Yep, and I actually like that they are doing this. A numbering scheme is just going to become silly when the higher numbers hit. "iPhone 9S". Yep, lame.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Yep, and I actually like that they are doing this. A numbering scheme is just going to become silly when the higher numbers hit. "iPhone 9S". Yep, lame.


iPhone 2012 - sounds catchy?

DexMorgan said,
after "the new iPad" we will get "the newer iPad"

"The New Ford Focus"
"The New BMW 5 Series"

c'mon.

It's just called 'iPad' now. Source: Apple's friggin' website.

chrispinto said,

"The New Ford Focus"
"The New BMW 5 Series"

c'mon.

It's just called 'iPad' now. Source: Apple's friggin' website.


Except they are still selling the iPad 2 and calling it the iPad 2 .the first version was called simply the iPad..so the third version is The new iPad.
Blame Apple on the fact they can't decide to ditch or keep the numbering theme in their product names..they want it both ways and that leads to consumer confusion.

John Callaham said,

Except they are still selling the iPad 2 and calling it the iPad 2 .the first version was called simply the iPad..so the third version is The new iPad.
Blame Apple on the fact they can't decide to ditch or keep the numbering theme in their product names..they want it both ways and that leads to consumer confusion.

They're removing the version/hardware number to bring it in line with their other products (e.g. Apple TV and iPod). They'll most likely do the same with the iPhone.

There's no product called "the new iPad".

hotdog963al said,
Omfg that CPU looks so intense, I can't wait to run Angry Birds on it. /s

CPU is still dual core. Graphics are now Quad. And I did see your /s.

virtorio said,
5 MP camera? Would have been nice if they'd match the camera in the 4S.

They claim that the sensor tech and lens setup is the same as the 4S, I'm guessing they dropped to a lower resolution sensor due to thickness issues or maybe just cost.

virtorio said,
5 MP camera - would have been nice if they'd match the camera in the 4S.

I was expecting the 8MP but I guess that's thanks to all the rumor posts on Neowin lately. Will be interesting to see how this camera does at recording 1080p.

The name of the new new iPad is just "iPad".

They didn't drop the cost of the 2nd Gen iPad enough. Should have been under 300.

warwagon said,
The name of the new new iPad is just "iPad".

They didn't drop the cost of the 2nd Gen iPad enough. Should have been under 300.

"The new iPad"

warwagon said,
The name of the new new iPad is just "iPad".

They didn't drop the cost of the 2nd Gen iPad enough. Should have been under 300.

lol, that is a very bad marketing decision. It appears that the absence of Steve Jobs is starting to hurt them a lot!

warwagon said,
The name of the new new iPad is just "iPad".

They didn't drop the cost of the 2nd Gen iPad enough. Should have been under 300.

well in a way I think they are covering their asses for the future.. as the number gets higher people dont get as excited... think about when they release the ipad 13 or something.. it will just be silly by then..

winlonghorn said,

lol, that is a very bad marketing decision. It appears that the absence of Steve Jobs is starting to hurt them a lot!

What do you base that on? Lower sales number? Less hype? Drop in stock value?

Shadrack said,

What do you base that on? Lower sales number? Less hype? Drop in stock value?

It doesn't seem like he would name a product in such a confusing manner (name the third version pretty much the same as the first one). I could be wrong, but that is what it seems like to me.

I was excited about that but it seems they swiped the screen instead to change photos.

There was no announcement about bezel gestures. Just an interpretation from the demo.

UndergroundWire said,

Yes for now. I'm assuming developers will have access to that API.

All it is is detecting whether a swipe started on the first few pixels of the left/right/bottom/top of the screen. Same way that pull down notifications work. There's no real API to use, this has been possible since iOS 2 (iOS 1 if you count jailbreakers).

Simon said,
All it is is detecting whether a swipe started on the first few pixels of the left/right/bottom/top of the screen. Same way that pull down notifications work. There's no real API to use, this has been possible since iOS 2 (iOS 1 if you count jailbreakers).

Well I have the 5.1 update and iPhoto on my iPad 2, the Bezel Gesture is not working on my tablet.

To me it's still meh. The 2048x1536 resolution is nice the difference on a smaller LCD doesn't matter too much for my usage. Actually, even 1080p does make much of a difference on displays smaller than 32". The caveat here is that this is much closer to your eyes so the "seeing the pixels" "issue" wont be as bad now (it wasn't before? ).

For everyone getting one for the first time, i think it should be great. For people upgrading to have the latest - unless you do specifics like the photo or movie stuff - waste of money IMO.

SHoTTa35 said,
Actually, even 1080p does make much of a difference on displays smaller than 32"

That's at normal living room viewing distance. There is most definitely a difference between 720p and 1080p when it's being held in your hand.

You can see the difference between 1080p and 720p on a 7-10" NON HD display (since previous ones weren't HD)?? Since the GPU downscaled either 1080p or 720 to match the iPads 1024x768 resolution i find that kinda tough to believe.

For the "new iPad" display however, I'd say maybe it's possible but even that I doubt.

No, not from personal experience (since as you said there hasn't been a widely available 1080p+ display that small yet).

But it's pretty basic science. Vision is based on degrees. 1 degree at 15" is much finer resolution than 1 degree at 10 feet.

If you walk up and look at a 1080p 60" TV up close you can clearly see the pixels. The fact that the pixels are indistinguishable for most people on a 1080p TV is because you sit 10 feet away from it.

That's why you have to have a much higer DPI on a phone for indistinguishable pixels than on a TV.

The finer the pixels the better the image. It mostly matters for pictures, then video, but the UI will benefit too. Of course they will not utilize the resolution because you would never be able to touch a 10x10 square that well, but even the UI will benefit. The curves and fine detail will be better.

I also never really understand why people say they cannot tell the different between 1080P and 720P on their TVs. Either they have a small TV, are looking at highly compressed video or have crappy TVs. There is a big difference. Cable/Satellite is compressed so maybe you cannot tell so much. Streaming videos are compressed so maybe you cannot tell. But a Blue-ray in 1080P will beat everything else.

Dot Matrix said,
Someone forgot to tell Apple we've had high resolution displays for a while now. It's nothing "revolutionary".

Evolutionary works for me.

Dot Matrix said,
Someone forgot to tell Apple we've had high resolution displays for a while now. It's nothing "revolutionary".
Had them, but they really aren't wide spread are they?

Dot Matrix said,
Someone forgot to tell Apple we've had high resolution displays for a while now. It's nothing "revolutionary".

Tell me what other tablet has 2048x1536.

Dot Matrix said,
Someone forgot to tell Apple we've had high resolution displays for a while now. It's nothing "revolutionary".

Remind us which tablet has a 2048x1536 display since you claim we have had this high resolution display for a while now?

ILikeTobacco said,

Remind us which tablet has a 2048x1536 display since you claim we have had this high resolution display for a while now?

LMAO, tablets - none, PCs, however... What was all that rhetoric on "Post-PC" again?

Dot Matrix said,

LMAO, tablets - none, PCs, however... What was all that rhetoric on "Post-PC" again?

Still on the bandwagon of claiming tablets belong in the same category as regular desktop pc's and laptops? This thought went out the window when everyone started arguing that tablets can't do the same stuff that traditional PC's can.

Dot Matrix said,

LMAO, tablets - none, PCs, however... What was all that rhetoric on "Post-PC" again?

PCs yeah. But the pixels are not compressed so much on PCs. The technology has been optimized to makes the pixels so small on the new iPads.

Dot Matrix said,

What was all that rhetoric on "Post-PC" again?

If some were to talk about the "Post Mac word," we would have a group of people running around screaming "hater," whining about how poorly Apple is treated.

Dot Matrix said,

LMAO, tablets - none, PCs, however... What was all that rhetoric on "Post-PC" again?

Sooo ... you do realize that manufacturing difficulty is based mostly on PPI, correct?

Which desktop monitors have 264 PPI or higher?

It's the same reason that a 720p phone is big news over a 720p TV.

Dot Matrix said,
Someone forgot to tell Apple we've had high resolution displays for a while now. It's nothing "revolutionary".

Show me another tablet with a 9.7" screen and that kind of PPI. Please.

Shadrack said,

Show me another tablet with a 9.7" screen and that kind of PPI. Please.

Lenovo launched a 1920x1200 tablet. But it's 10.1".
Asus announced a 1920x1080 tablet. But it's also 10.1"
Both run Android 4.0

Some company announced a 1080p 6" tablet screen but currently has no takers.

So yeah, so far no one has bothered with anything higher than 1080p/1200p. It might be worth mentioning that they mostly work on 16:9 aspect ratios too.

Dot Matrix said,
Someone forgot to tell Apple we've had high resolution displays for a while now. It's nothing "revolutionary".

This comment is extremely misguided. Apple is first to get this resolution on a tablet. Now following Apple, the other tablet makers will think about very high resolution displays. I'm going wait for an X86 Windows 8 tablet with a 'retina display'.

Notice the 4:3 aspect is great for documents. 16:10 is a compromise between documents and HD video. Personally I'd go with a 16:10 device but would hate a 16:9 one.

Dot Matrix said,

LMAO, tablets - none, PCs, however... What was all that rhetoric on "Post-PC" again?

HAHAHA this is a tablet, not a PC or MAC. You are comparing apple to oranges again!

th3r3turn said,

HAHAHA this is a tablet, not a PC or MAC. You are comparing apple to oranges again!

Apple themselves made the comparison. In one of their slides, they took all the desktops, laptops, and tablets they sold, summed the values, then compared those numbers to the number of HP, Dell, Acer, and Lenovo PCs sold.

A quote from Cook: "[Apple] sold more iPads in the last quarter of last year, than any PC maker sold of their PCs."

So while Apple likes to call it the "Post PC world", talking up the numbers of iDevices sold (315 Million in total over the lifetime of those devices), comparing those devices to desktops and laptops, the Apple faithful will complain when you compare Apple products to PCs. So if Cook is going to compare, so will I - Windows 7, just one version of a Microsoft product, has far outsold all iDevices ever produced by around 250 million.

If you want the comparisons to stop, I suggest you first write a nice long letter to Tim Cook.

nohone said,

Apple themselves made the comparison. In one of their slides, they took all the desktops, laptops, and tablets they sold, summed the values, then compared those numbers to the number of HP, Dell, Acer, and Lenovo PCs sold.

A quote from Cook: "[Apple] sold more iPads in the last quarter of last year, than any PC maker sold of their PCs."

So while Apple likes to call it the "Post PC world", talking up the numbers of iDevices sold (315 Million in total over the lifetime of those devices), comparing those devices to desktops and laptops, the Apple faithful will complain when you compare Apple products to PCs. So if Cook is going to compare, so will I - Windows 7, just one version of a Microsoft product, has far outsold all iDevices ever produced by around 250 million.

If you want the comparisons to stop, I suggest you first write a nice long letter to Tim Cook.

Because that is a relevant comparison. Apple, as well as others, have been predicting a shift from laptop/desktops to mobile devices. That is as far as the comparison goes. Try and stay in context. The hardware in mobile devices has nothing to do with the hardware in non mobile devices. If that is your standard, then by your logic mobile manufactures should just stop because they are so far behind what laptops and desktops have. My PC has a 6 core processor, a total of 3 tb of harddrive space, 16gb of ram, 2 video cards on crossfire, and 4 21.5 inch HD monitors. I guess because that exists in the PC world, Apple, Google and Microsoft should stop taking any steps forward in the mobile world unless it can beat that. That certainly makes sense doesn't it. SHould probably stop making new monitors too since projects can beat consumer monitors in size as it is. Your brilliant logic at work.

As it has been said, you are comparing apples and oranges.

ILikeTobacco said,

Because that is a relevant comparison. Apple, as well as others, have been predicting a shift from laptop/desktops to mobile devices. That is as far as the comparison goes. Try and stay in context. The hardware in mobile devices has nothing to do with the hardware in non mobile devices. If that is your standard, then by your logic mobile manufactures should just stop because they are so far behind what laptops and desktops have. My PC has a 6 core processor, a total of 3 tb of harddrive space, 16gb of ram, 2 video cards on crossfire, and 4 21.5 inch HD monitors. I guess because that exists in the PC world, Apple, Google and Microsoft should stop taking any steps forward in the mobile world unless it can beat that. That certainly makes sense doesn't it. SHould probably stop making new monitors too since projects can beat consumer monitors in size as it is. Your brilliant logic at work.

As it has been said, you are comparing apples and oranges.

In other words, use the comparison when it is advantageous to Apple, but complain about the comparison when it does not show Apple in the best light. Got it.

nohone said,

In other words, use the comparison when it is advantageous to Apple, but complain about the comparison when it does not show Apple in the best light. Got it.

They weren't comparing hardware because it has already been said by them and everyone else in the market that tablets are their own category. Are you that thick skulled? At this point I think you are just trolling.