The new iPad: Resolutionary or something more than that?
| by Aaron Almeida
After the Mobile World Congress Event, held in Barcelona, the most anticipated event to have unfolded in the first quarter of 2012 was the one that took place on the 7th of March at San Francisco. The reason for this highly expected event was none other than the launch of the next generation iPad. The build up to the event was as usual as excitable as any other Apple announcement, but the details about the product release were very un-Apple-like. Post Steve Jobs passing, revelations of the product had surfaced, leaving little to the imagination as to what one should expect from the third generation of the tablet that is widely expected to be the year of the iPad.
Let’s take a look and see how the rumours held up and what Apple had to surprise us with.
Prior to the announcement of the newest tablet, rumour mills were abuzz with the notion that the next tablet coming out from Apple’s stable would be called the iPad 3 or the iPad HD. The brand surprised us all by dropping the suffix and went back to their roots by announcing the new ‘iPad.’ That’s right. It is just that no numbering or a name that describes the major feature of the new iPad.
The new iPad, Yes that's what it's called
One may argue that journalists and bloggers or even sources had coined up a better name for the iPad by calling it the iPad HD; but Apple has every right to name it whatever they like. After all, the iPad 2 is nothing but an iPad, whether it came with the design change or not. The only difference is that now when anyone who purchases the new iPad, for the span over the coming year will have to refer to their third generation iPad as the new iPad, even though a year later it may be old, scratched and probably not in a ‘new’ condition.
Rumours, prior to the launch of the latest iPad had hinted that the camera optics on the slate would receive a makeover with it being said to come with an 8 Megapixel camera. Well, this did not turn out totally false as the first part of the above statement turning out true with the camera being bumped up from 1 Megapixel to a 5 Megapixel rear shooter. Apple has done well by not increasing it to 8 Megapixels, and 5 Megapixels should certainly be enough for one wanting to click pictures from a tablet.
Better snapping capabilities
Alongwith the upgrade in the optics of the camera, Apple have also added some interesting features, such as a Backside Illuminated sensor, which is great for clicking pictures in low-light conditions, Auto focus and face detection with the ability to recognize upto 10 faces. Another neat feature of this tablet’s camera is that one can record videos in full HD at 1080p and possess the attribute of having video stabilization. All this together make the iPad’s camera great for everyday photography, but the question begs as to how many of us would really want to capture images or videos using a tablet? Only time will tell, as far as this is concerned.
The major selling point of the iPhone was undoubtedly, Siri, the voice recognition assistant. All the features and functions of Siri were expected to feature on the new iPad, however, it seems that Apple were not so Siri-ous about implementing these features here and have just stuck with the ho-hum feature of voice dictation.
During the keynote, Tim Cook boasted about Siri being everyone’s new best friend, but without the ability to set reminders or actually get Siri to respond back to you, everyone’s favorite artificial intelligence software seems to be basically a gimmick.
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