The iPad 3 has just been announced, and some major changes have been announced.
- iPhoto for iPad: Apple brought GarageBand and iMovie to the iPad, and now iPhoto joins them. The entire iLife suite has come to the iPad, and the app looks beautiful.
It allows for more advanced color correct, editing, multitouch edits, and more. You can buy it for $4.99
- Camera: The camera has been updated dramatically. The rear camera is now 5 Megapixels, has improved white balance, automatic face detection, and can shoot 1080p video. This is not as good as the iPhone 4s, but the same level as the iPhone 4.
- Retina Display: The iPad 3 has a major update to the display, boating over 3 million pixels on the screen, which Apple says is the highest on any mobile device. From initial looks, it looks like a fantastic update, and great for playing high quality games or those new 1080p videos you might be shooting.
- A5X: The new chip is the A5X, which is a dual core CPU, but a quad-core GPU, meaning that your graphics functionality is going to be vastly improved, which goes great with your iLife suite and new cameras, but for high quality gaming, such as N.O.V.A., Infinity Blade, and more. This could also bring more high intensity games to the iPad, such as what you see on consoles.
- 4G LTE: AT&T and Verizon will be getting their own 4G LTE enable iPads, starting at $629. No word on Sprint, though I’ll update the article when I find out. Tim Cook, the current CEO of Apple has formerly made comments about the compromises adding 4G would add to the devices, but it seems those statements are in the past. This likely means that the next iPhone will also have 4G. The battery life has only taken down by an hour is 4G is enabled, otherwise it remains at about 10 hours.
- Dictation: A lot of people were hoping for Siri on the new iPad, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The iPad 3 comes will the ability to use speech to text, just tap the microphone button on a keyboard to start. However, you can’t use the voice dictation like Siri on the iPad to schedule meetings, reminders, etc. This is something I think will come out in the future, but I’m anxious to get it.
You can preorder the iPad at http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad, and read more at https://www.apple.com/ipad/. The price scheme hasn’t change, 16-Gig WiFi-only starts at $499, and $829 for a 64 Gig 4G iPad. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this or any other topic, leave a comment below or email me at email@example.com You can also check me out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube by hitting the buttons on the top of your screen. You can also check out my Google Plus Page at https://plus.google.com/107817518299218190319. Thanks!
iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband ’11, as well as iWeb 3 and iDVD 7 (both iLife ’09 and ’11 apps) have been updated today. They are relatively minor updates, so I won’t go over them. iDVD and iWeb will update through Software Update. iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband will need to update through the Mac App Store if you bought them there, but will update through Software Update if you bought it elsewhere (like on the physical discs).