Wednesday, 14 March 2012

New Apple iPad Buyer's Guide

We're just a couple days away from the release of the new iPad. To ensure that you are properly prepared for the latest iOS tablet, here's what you need to know about Apple's "Resolutionary" device.

What is the New iPad?
Apple's third generation iOS tablet features a number of upgrades and improvements from the previous models. The new iPad sports a hi-res Retina Display with a 2045x1536 resolution and over 3 million pixels on a 10.1-inch screen, a 5MP rear facing camera, a dual-core A5X CPU and quad-core graphics.
The new iPad will utilize iOS 5.1. Additional features include iCloud connectivity, voice dictation capabilities and AirPlay functionality.
Overall, the design is almost identical to previous iPads, although the new version is slightly thicker and heavier.
In addition to a standard Wi-FI model, the new iPad also includes the option of adding a 4G LTE radio. All models come in black and white.
Will My Old Accessories Work with the New iPad?
Although largely similar in dimensions when compared to the iPad 2, some accessories will not fit the newest tablet. In particular, hard plastic cases and form-fitting docks will likely not be compatible. The new iPad is just under a millimeter thicker than its successor, but that tiny increment may be just enough to make your old docks and cases obsolete. Existing Apple 30-pin connector cables should have no problem with the new model.
As with every iPad, new accessories will be in abundance, and you'll surely be able to find plenty of products to fit the third generation iPad in no time.
Other accessories, like screen protectors and Apple's Smart Cover will work on the new iPad since the dimensions of the front of the device are completely identical to the previous version.
Will My Old Apps Work on the Retina Display?
All existing iPad apps will work with the new model, although not all will make use of the new display. Since the aspect ratio is the same, scaling will not be an issue, but apps not built specifically for the Retina Display will obviously not be as crisp and clear as those that are.
A handful of Retina Display apps will be available at launch, such as Apple's first-party offerings like iMovie and iPhoto, in particular.
New Infinity Blade and Sky Gamblers games have been announced, both are built to utilize the Retina Display.
How Much Will it Cost?
The new iPad's pricing is tiered based on storage space and connectivity.
New iPad (Wi-Fi only)
  • 16GB: $499.00
  • 32GB: $599.00
  • 64GB: $699.00
New iPad (Wi-Fi + 4G)
  • 16GB: $629.00
  • 32GB: $729.00
  • 64GB: $829.00
Stateside, 4G LTE is provided by AT&T and Verizon. The two carriers offer different monthly pricing structures. Wireless service is not handled on contract, and you can opt-in and -out whenever you like.
  • 250MB: $14.99
  • 3GB: $30.00
  • 5GB: $50.00
  • 1GB: $20.00
  • 2GB: $30.00
  • 5GB: $50.00
  • 10GB: $80
At release, Verizon will offer free mobile hotspot with its 4G LTE iPads. AT&T will not offer hotspot at launch, although that may change later in the product's life cycle.
Where Can I Get It?
Online pre-orders are currently available from Apple's website, although launch day delivery is no longer guaranteed. Official Apple retail stores, as well as Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Target and Walmart, will be selling the new iPad on release day.
AT&T and Verizon will begin taking online orders when the new iPad is released, although it is unknown when other online retailers will begin selling the device.
When is it Coming Out?
Apple's new iPad will be available on Friday, March 16. Official Apple retail stores will open up their doors at 8am on release day.


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