A couple weeks ago I collected some rumors and made my predictions about the iPad 3. Apple unveiled the new tablet today, calling the new device “resolutionary.” Let’s check out the new device and see how my predictions fared.
- Launch Date. I “predicted” a March 7 announcement and that was correct. I hedged on availability hoping for March 9 or 10. Actual availability in the US will be on March 16th with pre-orders being taken now. 2 dozen more countries on March 23d. Looks like I will be able to get one before I go to Chicago for ABA TechShow on March 28th. Looks like memory configurations remain unchanged as does pricing: 16 GB $499, 32 GB $599 and 64 GB $699.
- Retina Display. You bet. 2048×1536 resolution, double that of the iPad 1 and 2. For context, that is 1,000,000 more pixels than your HD television at home. 264 pixels per inch, for those counting. Apple claims the new display will have 44% better color saturation than the previous model, which should be a difference you can see. All the stock applications on the iPad have been updated to take advantage of the new resolution. App Store apps will be able to take advantage of the new resolution as soon as they are updated by their developer. Apple did preview a couple apps that take advantage of the high resolution display including an air combat game called “Sky Gamblers”, professional drawing application “Autodesk.” and a new Infinity Blade release called “Dungeons.”
- 8 inch iPad?. Nothing more than a silly rumor, as predicted.
- 4G/LTE. I missed this one. The iPad 3 will support high speed LTE networks. That means speeds of up to 21 Mbps on HSPA+ plus, 42 Mbps on DC-HSDPA networks and 73 Mbps on full LTE networks. That’s faster than your home connection people. LTE partners are Verizon, Rogers, Bell, Telus and AT&T as well as others around the world. Sounds like Apple will still have separate devices for AT&T and Verizon networks. Also contrary to my expectation, Apple is claiming the same battery life as past models, 10 hours (9 for LTE devices). LTE models will be $629 for 16 GB, $729 for 32 GB and $829 for 64 GB
- Thicker. Yes, it is thicker. 9.4 mm. The iPad 3 was 8.6 mm. About a 10% increase. Weight goes up to 1.4 lbs compared to 1.33 lbs for the iPad 2, a 5% increase. I suspect all these changes are to accommodate more battery.
- Better Camera. Yep. 5MP iSight camera with 5 element lens, IR filter, illuminated sensor. That is the same camera as the iPhone 4 which is incredible. The new camera has auto-exposure, auto-focus, face detection, video stabilization. The front camera is now described as “iSight” quality. Unknown what that means.
- A6 Chip. I missed on the name. The new iPad will have something called an A5X chip. The new chip has 4 times the performance of the Tegra 3 chips that powers many Android tablets. I’m reading that this chip is dual core CPU and quad-core GPU. Will need that horsepower to drive that giant screen.
- Siri. Close, but not quite. Looks like Siri will still be an iPhone 4S only capability but the iPad will support Siri’s dictation capabilities. I think Siri is terrific for dictation. For me, the iPad is a much more natural place for that type of task. I think lawyers will like this feature.
- iPad 2 Discontinued? As predicted, the iPad 2 will continue with improved pricing. $399 for 16 GB wifi model.
- RAM. I didn’t offer a prediction for RAM configurations, but commentators infer from Apple’s comments that the iPad 3 will have 1 GB of internal RAM.
- New Apps.I didn’t offer predictions here either. Sounds like Apple updated its iWork apps (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) to take advantage of the Retina display. iMovie and Garage band got display updates as well as a few new features. The big app news was a new app, iPhoto for iPad. Lots of user-friendly editing and management functions as well as an easy way to move photos between devices. The new iPhoto will be $4.99. The other apps are at the same price as before (free upgrades if you already have them).
- Will I Be Getting One? Yes.
So there you have it. Will you be getting one?