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IPad 2 33% Thinner, 2x Faster, iOS 4.3 1118

Steve Jobs was on hand today deliver a speech at Apple's iPad 2 event. The new iPad will feature dual-core processors, 2x faster CPU, and 9X faster graphics, front and rear cameras. And it's 33% thinner. Prices range from $499 to $829 depending on if you want 3G and 64 gigs, and it ships March 11. iOS 4.3 will ship at the same time.
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IPad 2 33% Thinner, 2x Faster, iOS 4.3

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  • No Verizon 4.3? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by 0100010001010011 ( 652467 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @03:16PM (#35360096)

    At the bottom of the page of the iOS webpage, http://www.apple.com/ios/ [apple.com] It shows that it's available for the iPhone 4 GSM Model, but no mention of the CDMA versions.

  • Re:Resolution? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by FunnyStrange ( 974343 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @03:37PM (#35360408)
    On a desktop, adding more resolution to your monitor allows you to fit more stuff on the screen. On iOS devices, where each app takes over the entire screen when it's running, the only way to scale up the resolution without making everything look like crap (anti-aliasing, anyone) would be to *double* the resolution in each direction. That's what the upgrade to the iPhone 4 Retina Display did. Is that even technically feasible for something the size of an iPad at the current price point? Thousands of app developers are thrilled that they don't have to redesign their applications for a new resolution.
  • by devxo ( 1963088 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @03:48PM (#35360568)
    And it looks like Apples own playground is starting to build up. Like FaceTime works only between iDevices and macs.

    I haven't owned an Apple product before, but after following Engadget's live food I have to say iPad 2 looks fantastic. Really, the Android tablets are so far from it that it would be almost stupid to choose something else. I guess I'm losing it against Apple, but I think I'm going to buy it as soon as it comes out in Europe.
  • by cgenman ( 325138 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @03:50PM (#35360600) Homepage

    That's an interesting perspective, considering some of the amazing [amazon.com] consumer video cameras that have come out over the past few years. 1080p30 is now standard. But more than that, the color saturation and reproduction has gotten much better, movement tear is less common, and compression artifacting on your source feed is basically gone. Camcorders are moving into using 3-color chips. Good optical anti-shake still requires about a $500 price point camera (since that technology is pretty mature at this point), but digital anti-shake has gone from godawfully blurry to just a bit blurry.

    Heck, 6 years ago most consumer grade cameras were interlaced. INTERLACED!

    And on the high-end, the Reds have come out and taken professional production by storm. A video camera with high enough quality to take out single frames and use them as stills for full-size / full color fashion magazine covers? Add in the low-light cameras that will happily shoot at dusk or night with professional grade output, and we are truly living in the future.

  • by Reapman ( 740286 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @04:31PM (#35361194)

    Honest question, I'm wondering what you feel the upcoming gingerbread tablets are lacking that makes the iPad that much better? I'm still not convinced i need.. or even want.. either, but right now if i did it would be android simply so i'm not locked into iTunes again. Hated that with my iPhone, don't want to go back.

  • Re:Not bad (Score:3, Interesting)

    by fermion ( 181285 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @04:58PM (#35361576) Homepage Journal
    PC manufacturers really lost consumer confidence by putting "high end" components in a machine that real was not designed to take full advantage of them. Anyone can put a arbitrarily high speed processor, for which the marginal cost will be small, or a huge number of USB ports, again with small additional marginal costs. The problem is that if one does not put a high speed FSB, what have you done?

    For android the question is can it run Flash. Do the batteries last a long time. These is where iOS is venerable.

    The only pressure that Google has placed on Apple is to prematurely an updated iPad. If not for the Android devices, we would have likely gotten a full update late summer with retina screen, 128 GB. The only notable upgrade here is the two cameras. The processor speed bump is for people who want to use the iPad more like a desktop. I am not sure if the iPad iWork apps, for example, are equal to Mac applications, but as far as I have seen they are not.

    Not to say that competition is bad, simply that Google is growing the market for these devices, not competing with Apple products.

  • Spoken like a middle income spoiled brat. Your whole post boils down to "I'll by another when this one is obsolete"
    iPad is not Cheap. Just because something could have been more expensive doesn't mean 'cheap'.

    And stop referring to /. as if it's some kind of group think, it's not. Different fanbois and hater comes out for different things. Trolls always just come out.

    and this is 4g:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4g [wikipedia.org]

    "LTE or WiMax?"
    Neither are 4G.
    Don't get pissey at people because you have no clue about 4g.

    "On the other hand, when it comes to poxy Motorola or Samsung shitboxes that actually ARE left out of OS upgrades and ARE more expensive and DO have crappy battery life... well, we seem to have endless patience for those."
    No, completely different haters come out for those.

    And to be fair, the iPAd was compared to the Touch; which it is. A big touch. Which is neither good nor bad.

    Me? I would gt an iPAd 2, it has what I wanted in the iPAd 1, Camera for video calls. Unfortunately the times in bad right now, financially.

  • by R3d M3rcury ( 871886 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @09:16PM (#35364354) Journal

    It's rumored to be $800 (or higher), far more than the $499 base iPad which is very practical. Lots of people do not need a huge amount of storage or 3G support.

    I remember back when those nasty PC guys used to compare Mac and PC prices. They'd point out the you could get a Dell for $249 and the cheapest Mac was $599. Of course, they'd leave out the fact that the Mac in question had much better specs than $249 Dell.
    So, are you really comparing a $499 iPad with 8GB of storage, 1024x768 screen, and no 3G, with a Xoom that has 32GB of storage, 1280x800 screen, and 3G support?
    Comparing the more closely equipped iPad with 32GB of storage and 3G comes to $729--$70 lower.
    C'mon, Fanbois! Keep your stories consistant!

    If you are are comparing the iPad and XOOM I honestly can't see many people choosing the XOOM, especially when you factor in software (which is the reason why you buy a computer of any kind).

    Have you really looked at the bundled software on an iPad? I mean, maybe Apple has improved this on the iPad 2, but my iPad doesn't even have a clock! If you see a Xoom sitting there doing video editing and discover that you have to pay another $19 to do that on your iPad 2, you may find that once you load up your iPad with everything that comes bundled on the Xoom, your $70 price advantage has disappeared.

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