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Video: iPad (3rd generation) quad-core gaming review

In this video, we give you a look at the graphics power of the new iPad. The iPad (3rd generation) ships with the A5X processor, which is a dual core chip with a quad-core graphics processor on-board. We demo a few games that take advantage of this added graphics power, including: Sky Gamblers Air Supremacy, Real Racing 2 HD, and Infinity Blade II - all of these titles shows off the Retina display and quad-core graphics amazingly. If you've found other high-quality games that show off the Retina display and graphics nicely, leave 'em in the comments!


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Video: A look at the iPad (3rd generation) Retina display

The new iPad (3rd generation) was released two weeks ago, and in that time, Apple has already sold millions. The biggest and best feature of the device is the high resolution Retina display. When you compare it against the original iPad and iPad 2 displays, it's apparent that it's a big step up from what we've had before. In fact, it's the highest resolution display ever shipped on a portable device. We give you a look at the iPad (3rd generation) focusing on the Retina display in this, the first in a series of videos where we will focus on a major feature of the new iPad.


Here are the apps that are optimized for the new iPad Retina display

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Software

ipad retina apps

The new iPad is upon us, being delivered to, and purchased by, hundreds of thousands (if not more) of people today. The biggest feature that Apple's touting is the Retina display, which is seriously gorgeous. That said, to really get the most out of the experience, you'll want to have Retina display-ready apps, otherwise you're just using apps that the iPad is upscaling. Here's a list of a bunch of apps that you can download, right now, that are ready to showcase the beauty of the new iPad Retina display:


iWork apps updated for iPad Retina Display

iWork iPad Retina Display

To go along with the new iPad, Apple has been hard at work updating nearly all of its apps to support the new Retina display of the tablet, and that includes all three iWork apps. Pages, Keynote, and Numbers are all now available in version 1.6 in the super high 2048x1536 resolution. Pages also brings new 3D bar and charts, Keynote has new animations available, and Numbers is largely the same aside from the new Retina support. You can download all the app updates now, or buy them for $9.99 each.


iBooks Author 1.1 released, supports iPad Retina Display

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Software

iBooks Author 1.1

Apple released a bunch of software updates today to bring all of its services and devices in parity with each other, and that includes iBooks Author. iBooks Author is the free software that allows you to create rich eBooks for the iPad. WIth the new Retina display iPad being launched today at the iPad event, it's only natural that iBooks Author would see Retina display support. You can grab the update from the Mac App Store.


Apple iPad ad shows off Retina Display

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Displays, Handhelds, Videos

Get a look at the commercial spot that Apple put together to promote the new iPad, focusing specifically on the super-high resolution Retina Display. The latest Apple tablet was announced at today's iPad event.


iPad 3 will feature a 2048x1536 Retina display

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, HDTV, Rumors

iPad 3 Retina Display proof

If you were curious if the iPad 3 would ship with a Retina display after all the rumors, well, wonder no more. MacRumors has independently confirmed that the panels that are to be used in the next iPad sport twice the linear resolution as the original iPad and iPad 2, sporting four times as many pixels. The site obtained one of the new panels and put it under a microscope in order to check out the pixel density. The results show that the pixels in the newer display panel are a quarter of the size of the pixels found in previous models.

MacRumors does note that the panels are not directly from Apple, however, they are listed as OEM replacement displays for the iPad 3 and are in mass production. The difficulty in creating 9.7" display panels with a 2048x1536 resolution make this all but obvious that these are for the next iPad.


10 iPad 2 questions answered

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Handhelds

iPad 2 questions

You have to hand it to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. No matter how ill he may be, his showmanship and stage presence remain undimmed. So much so that it took, as it often does, days for the euphoria of the iPad 2 unveiling to wear off. As that happened, though, I, like others, started to have these little, "Hey, wait a minute…" moments. And from there, the inevitable questions about the latest magical device from Apple started piling up. Here are the ones I've been considering or hearing from others. Fortunately, I think we have answers for virtually all of them.

Why No Memory Specs?
Apple's busy touting the iPad 2's huge performance increase (over the original), which comes courtesy of the A5 chip. That makes sense, a dual-core processor should beat the pants off a single core CPU. However, as with any computer, the CPU is only part of the performance story. What's the easiest way to increase system performance? Add memory. We know that the first-generation iPad has 256MB of RAM, but Apple isn't saying how much is in the iPad 2. "More" seems like a reasonable guess.

Why No 4G?
Apple's new best friend, Verizon, has a brand-new LTE network, but you won't find 4G on the new Verizon iPhone 4 or the latest-gen iPad. Why is that? Price is one reason: Adding a 4G radio would certainly have increased the price on the top-of-the line iPad 2. Also, Apple pays pretty close attention to the market and early market research indicated that almost 50 percent of potential iPad buyers were picking up a Wi-Fi-only model (Apple does not break out Wi-Fi-only iPad sales figures). I have a 3G-ready iPad, but I've never activated the service (I find ample Wi-Fi access almost everywhere I use my iPad). I suspect that's a common scenario. If a good percentage of iPad owners aren't using 3G—even when they have it—why would Apple jump to introduce 4G?

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Here’s why iPad 2 didn’t get a Retina Display

white ipad 2

In the lead-up to the iPad 2 announcement, many were predicting that Apple would give the tablet's 9.7-inch screen a bump in resolution. But when Steve Jobs revealed the second-generation iPad to the world, it had the same pixel count as the first one: 1,024x768, even though the display was revamped to be considerably thinner. Why no extra pixels?

Looking at the history of the display on the iPhone offers some clues. Apple kept the display of the iPhone at the same 480x320-pixel resolution for the first three versions of the phone, and when it finally upgraded the display for the iPhone 4, the bump was huge, doubling the display resolution to 960x640 pixels. The upgrade also introduced the term "retina display," a piece of marketing jargon that Apple doesn't quantify, but generally means a display that is better than the limits of human vision.

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