Apple Unveiling its New iPad!

Today, Apple unveiled their new iPad at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The new iPad features a 2,048-by-1,536-pixel resolution Retina Display that packs 3.1 million pixels into its 9.7-inch display, along with voice dictation and LTE 4G, coming on March 16 to 10 countries. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, noted that the screen on the new iPad has more pixels than a 1080p television. Packing 264 pixels per inch, the pixels cannot be distinguished by human eye at a distance of 15 inches. The new iPad also features a remarkable 5 megapixel camera. The third-generation iPad also features voice dictation, which allows users to input text by speaking rather than typing.

“The new iPad redefines the category Apple created less than two years ago, delivering the most amazing experience people have ever had with technology,” Schiller said. “The new iPad now has the highest resolution display ever seen on a mobile device with 3.1 million pixels, delivering razor-sharp text and unbelievable detail in photos and videos.”

Key Features:

  • High-definition Retina Display
  • New A5X chip with quad-core graphics
  • 5-megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics, shoots 1080p video
  • 4G LTE models allow for connections to faster wireless networks
  • Still offers the same 10-hour battery life.

The wireless iPad models now sport 4G connectivity, allowing users to connect to long-term evolution networks from providers such as AT&T and Verizon. The new iPad will be offering download speeds of up to 73Mbps over LTE. Canadian 4G LTE partners are Rogers, Bell and Telus.

Another improvement highlighted by Apple, on Wednesday, was battery life; as the new iPad will support 10 hours of battery life on Wi-Fi and 9 hours on 4G LTE. The new iPad is slightly heavier than its predecessor, the iPad 2, and weighs 1.4 pounds while the body is 9.4mm thin.

The launch will be Apple’s biggest roll-out ever, debuting in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Quick highlights from Wednesday’s event:

  • The new iPad features an A5X processor with quad-core graphics.
  • Compared to the Nvidia Tegra 3, Apple says the A5X is twice as fast with four times the performance.
  • The new iPad also has 44 percent better color saturation on its screen.
  • An improved 5-megapixel camera is on the back of the device. It includes an infrared filter and ISP built in to the A5X chip.
  • It also features auto-focus and auto-exposure, and uses the same optics system found in the iPhone 4S.
  • The new camera can also record video in 1080p.
  • There will be two different versions of the LTE-capable iPad models: one for AT&T and one for Verizon. Both will be able to roam worldwide in 3G.
  • The iPad can also act as a personal hotspot, if supported by a carrier.
  • It will also continue to be available in both black and white models.
  • The iWork applications have also been updated to take advantage of the Retina Display. It will be a free update for those who already own Pages, Keynote or Numbers.
  • GarageBand has also been updated to add Smart Strings and a note editor. iPads can be connected over iPad or Bluetooth to make music together. Content can be shared and pushed to iCloud.
  • iMovie for iOS has also been updated, adding storyboards and new editing capabilities. It’s still $4.99 and a free update for those who already own.

The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white on Friday, March 16 for a retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model.

The iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model.

iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPad will also be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16.

Customers can begin pre-ordering their new iPad today, and the iPad 2 is now offered for $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

Rumors Claim Apple’s third-gen Tablet to be named ‘iPad HD’

It’s been reported that Apple is said to be stepping away from its usual numerical naming convention in favor of the more descriptive ‘iPad HD’ when it unveils the expected next generation tablet on Wednesday. Citing inside information from a developer who has previously provided “reliable information” on upcoming Apple products, CNET claims that the much rumored device will not take on the “iPad 3” moniker as many have speculated, but will instead be called “iPad HD” to highlight the most prominent and talked-about feature of the upcoming tablet: a high-resolution “Retina Display.”

Another report from VentureBeat claims that Apple will indeed depart from its traditional naming scheme, and notes that the “HD” title is further proof that the tablet will not ship with a new A6 processor but will instead be equipped with a modified A5 chip, seen in a purported prototype photograph as the A5X. Last week, Gizmodo published a leaked list that detailed “iPad HD” products from accessory makers Griffin and Belkin.

As of right now, it seems as if the “HD” tag could be akin to Apple’s “S” naming convention that took place with the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4S, which marked incremental updates to the smart phone that weren’t substantial enough to warrant a complete number change.

Apple’s next generation tablet is expected to be launched at a media event in California scheduled for Wednesday, and is widely thought to sport a Retina Display, thicker chassis and extended battery life, among other improvements.

Retina Display

iPhone 4S’ Now Require Reservations

iPhone 4S

There has been such a large demand for Apple’s new iPhone 4S that Apple has asked people, that are wanting to purchase the 4S, to reserve one. In fact, the handset is selling so well that the Cupertino, California,company is now requiring that potential in-store buyers make reservations online. Currently, all iPhone 4S models are listed with shipping estimates of 1-2 weeks on Apple’s online store.

The 4S has established a new all-time high opening sales record that Apple is having trouble keeping up with the production. Apple has already sold over 4 million iPhone 4S’ in just over 72 hours. Compare this to RIM (Research In Motion) who have sold the same amount from the time RIM launched. Several years ago RIM was still ahead of Apple in the mobile phone market; however, Apple has now sped past RIM at an incredibly fast pace.

There have also been reports of Steve Jobs having worked on the iPhone 5.  Because his time was limited, rumours state that Steve contributed as much of his time towards the iPhone 5. Unfortunately, these reports have not been officially confirmed; however, if this were the case, the iPhone 5 should be a real jewel. Rumours also state that because Steve’s focus was mainly given to the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S was not the prime of attention. Others, not Steve himself, worked & improved on the hardware of the iPhone 4, while Steve had a head-start on the iPhone 5.

Apple is expected to announce their iPhone 5 at one of their conferences summer 2012.  The iPhone 5 is expected to have a full re-design, considering that this years iPhone, the 4S, didn’t feature one. Nothing has been confirmed, but Apple will probably also be looking into an A6 chip for the iPhone 5. The camera may have slight modifications, but shouldn’t change too much, considering its 8 Mega Pixels already.

A Look At Apple’s “New” iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S, according to Apple, is supposed to be “the most amazing iPhone yet”. I’m not too sure that it is. Apple unveiled an abundance of new generations of their products, and the iPhone 4S was one of them. I must say, and I’m not sure if I’m talking for myself or on behalf of most Apple fans, when Apple announced that there isn’t to be an iPhone 5 this year, at their “Let’s Talk iPhone” gathering, and instead there’s to be an iPhone 4S,I was quite upset. The 4S doesn’t come with a lot of new features; however,  if you consider the Sira voice recognition system and the 1080p HD 8 MP camera a big deal, you might beg to differ.

The iPhone 4S hasn’t changed its looks at all, in contrast its hardware has been completely re-designed.

iPhone 4S

Apple has upgraded the 4S with a dual-core A5 chip, which delivers up to two times more power and up to seven times faster graphics. I must say, those are some impressive details.

As always, Apple also brags about its outstanding battery life on the iPhone. I guess we’ll just have to wait until October 14th, the release date of the 4S, to see how long it really lasts. What really impressed me today was the new camera.

8 MP is quite a lot for a phone. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there’s a phone on the market with a better camera at the moment. I’m quite sure that the runner-up for best camera quality is Blackberry with a 5MP camera. Not only can you take amazing, clear pictures, at the same time you can also quickly edit them by cropping them or adjusting the lighting.

Things like that. Apple have also added quicker access to the camera by adding a button next to the “Slide to Unlock” slider. All in all…. a really neat feature!

iOS 5 will be shipping with the new iPhone 4S as early as October 14th. You can pre-order your 4S on Oct. 7. iOS 5 brings along quite a few cool new features with it, not only is there a new notification center, there’s also a new app called iMessage & Twitter integration. These are the top 3 new features available in iOS 5. I will post a larger, in-depth, review about these in the upcoming days. I’ve had a quick look at all of them…. in short, they all do look quite handy.

Not only does the iPhone 4S ship with a remarkably improved retina display, it also ships with iCloud; Apple’s brand new cloud system. iCloud is by far the easiest way to manage all your “stuff”.iCloud is able to store all your music, photos, apps, contacts, documents, mails, and calendars, and then wirelessly push them to all your devices. All of this requires you to do absolutely nothing at all, iCloud is great because every thing and every task it performs is automatic.

Sprint Rumoured To Offer Unlimited Data Plans With New iPhone 5

According to reports released by Bloomberg, Sprint has been talking to Apple regarding potential unlimited data plans with the release of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is said to launch around October 2011; however the report also noted that Spring want to differentiate itself from its competitors: AT&T and Verizon, both of which do not currently offer unlimited data plans for the iPhone. Sprint is the third-largest carrier by the number of customers, however they are also one of the top 3 carriers that doesn’t carry any iPhone devices. Over the last couple of weeks, sources have claimed that Sprint was negotiating with Apple about beginning to sell the new and upcoming iPhone 5 with the iPhone 4.

Obviously Sprint has confirmed nothing up until now, but we believe that the iPhone 4 data plans will most likely be targeted at customers that are looking at getting a cheap and affordable data package. This is how Sprint wants to differentiate themselves from AT&T and Verizon. With this in mind, it is possible for Sprint to draw away some customers from AT&T and Verizon. Since Sprint also offers unlimited voice and data plans for Android & Blackberry devices, it looks as if Apple’s iPhone will get some love as well.

Alleged iPhone 5 Cases Already Being Sold

Chinese case makers have already started selling alleged iPhone 5 cases around China. One report calls the cases, “everywhere in China”. Earlier this week a picture appeared of a next generation iPhone case. The picture clearly showed that the case had curves and a larger home button area. Since then, there have been rumours of the iPhone 5 having curves, similar to the iPhone 3Gs. But that wasn’t the only thing you were able to determine from the picture, since the cases showed a much larger area for the home button.

One vendor is selling these silicon cases on a Chinese trade site, Alibaba.com, for 2CNY which is about $0.31, however each with a minimum order of 500 pieces. The new cases contradict some pre-existing rumours regarding Apple’s next iPhone. In May, there were reports of the Flash for Apple’s iPhone 5 to be moved away from the rear-end camera, yet the picture shows the flash in the exact same position as in the iPhone 4.

Purported iPhone 5 cases

Numerous iPhone reports had also suggested that the iPhone 5 would only have slight modifications from the previous iPhone, and some were calling the next device an iPhone 4Gs. Chinese case manufacturers have in the past been the source of leaks of upcoming Apple products, such as the iPad 2. Last year, Foxconn became suspicious of the iPad 2 leaks and had contacted the police. Then, last December, Foxconn had fired 3 employees.

We’ll see if these cases really were accurate in September, when the iPhone 5 is rumoured to launch.

Apple’s iPad 2 Launch In Asia Draws Long Lines

The release of the iPad 2 in Asia drew thousands of interested customers to be among the first to officially purchase the new 9.7-inch touchscreen tablet in their countries. After having missed last month’s international launch because of a devastating disaster, Japan became one of the first Asian countries to begin selling the iPad 2 on Thursday. According to The Wall Street Journal, the line for the iPad 2 at Apple‘s flagship Ginza retail store in Tokyo stretched for three blocks. The first customer in line has waited since 8 P.M. on Wednesday, braving a night of heavy rain. All though the crowd wasn’t as large as last year’s “frenzy” for the original iPad, it was a “respectable-sized crowd” that gathered for the launch. The iPad 2 starts at 44, 800 yen, (roughly $549.00 dollars), which is similar to the price of the original iPad when it went on sale last year.

At one store in Hong Kong, over 400 customers endured the rain on Friday in order to purchase the iPad 2. “A long queue snaked around the Apple shop in a major downtown shopping centre with several groups of shoppers loading as many as a dozen iPads onto trolleys,” the Associated Foreign Press reported. The device was out of stock in Hong Kong by the end of midday. There has definitely been an abundance of excitement in Hong Kong, as the white iPhone 4 launched there on Thursday and reportedly sold out within one hour. Apple announced on Wednesday that the iPad 2 would debut in Japan, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korean Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates this week. The iPad 2 will go on sale in China on May 6.

According to one well-connected analyst, Apple is set to ramp up iPad 2 production to grow shipments by more than 100% sequentially. Apple is expected to ship roughly 40 million iPads this year.