The New iPad is Finally in Town on 16 March 2012
Apple gave the new iPad a bunch of new features but no new name.
When it goes on sale next Friday in the US and several other countries – including Singapore – it will be “the iPad” or perhaps “the new iPad”, not “iPad 3” or “iPad HD”, as some had speculated.
The lack of a new name could cause confusion for buyers, particularly since the older model, the iPad 2, will still be sold.
The new iPad unveiled yesterday (this morning, Singapore time) has, as expected, a sharper screen, driven by a faster processing chip. What was more surprising was that the new features mean the tablet computer will be slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, because it needs a larger battery to power the high-resolution screen.
The new iPad will be 9.4mm thick. That compares with the iPad 2’s 8.8mm. The weight is going up from 0.6kg to 0.65kg for the Wi-Fi-only model. The original iPad weighed 0.68kg.
Prices are not changing from the previous models. They will start at US$499 (S$625) in America. Versions capable of accessing cellular networks will cost US$629 to US$829.
The new iPad will go on sale March 16 in the US, Canada and 10 other countries – including Singapore. A week later, it will go on sale in 25 more countries.
An Apple source confirmed that the March 16 launch date means Singaporeans, by virtue of being in Asia, will be among the first in the world to get their hands on the new iPad, ahead of those in other time zones.
Apple’s Singapore website had already been updated by early this morning, with the new iPad available for pre-order at prices ranging from S$658 for the basic WiFi-only 16GB model, to S$1,088 for the 64GB WiFi and 4G model, with deliveries scheduled for March 16 to 22.
Apple is keeping the basic model of the iPad 2 in production and dropping the price to S$528 for the basic model in Singapore, beginning today. That could help Apple regain some market share from cheaper tablets like Amazon’s US$199 Kindle Fire.
The battery life of the new model remains the same: About 10 hours of use. Apple says the battery capacity is 70 per cent higher than for the old model, which suggests that it could have kept the old screen and extended the battery life to 17 hours instead of upgrading the screen resolution.
Apple said the new display will be sharper than the average high-definition television set. In a hands-on demonstration, text shown on the screen was noticeably crisper. The higher resolution will not make a difference, however, for most Web images, which are of low resolution. The new screen should be able to show all the detail in high-definition movies, which the iPad 2 does not.
The new screen can also show deeper and more vibrant colors than previous models, Apple said. The new model features a higher-resolution camera on the back, similar to the one in the iPhone 4S.
Apple also confirmed that the new model will come in a version that the LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless broadband networks. They offer speeds that are faster than the 3G networks used by previous iPads, and current iPhones.
Article source: TODAYonline
Check out the new features in this product tour here!
Interested parties, you can pre-order here and delivery will be made after 18 March 2012.
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