Our new iPad review is
coming later today live, but in the meantime we've put together a gallery showing off the beautiful device. Check out our Apple iPad (3rd generation) unboxing gallery to get a look, and be sure to check out our thorough iPad review (featuring a bunch of video) later today!
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!
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.
We open up the brand new iPad (3rd generation) in this episode. The new iPad (or iPad 3, as some call it) from Apple features an amazing Retina display, A5X processor with quad-core graphics, and optional 4G LTE from Verizon or AT&T. It's a nice upgrade from the previous iPad 2, and is the best tablet for the money that you can get today. In fact, you can get one right now from Apple. All you'll find in the box is the iPad tablet itself, along with a sync cable and AC adapter for charging, and that's really it. Not much to this one, but not to worry, we'll have plenty more iPad (3rd Generation) videos for you soon, including some LTE speed tests.
Some buyers of the new iPad have been reporting that it gets considerably warmer than the previous iPad 2 model. Jim Dalrymple from over at Loop Insight was able to get a statement from Apple regarding the increase in temperature:
"The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications,” Apple representative Trudy Muller, told The Loop. “If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare."
In other words, Apple is well aware that the new iPad can get a bit warmer, but that is because of all the new technology that it's packing. Tests have shown that the new iPad gets about 10 degrees warmer than previous models under heavy usage.
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:
- ABC Player
- AIM for iPad
- Another Monster at the End of This Book
- Art Authority
- Barefoot World Atlas
- The Daily
- Day One
- Diamond Dash
- The Early Edition 2
- Flight Control Rocket
- Foosball HD
- Infinity Blade II
- iStopMotion for iPad
- Joining Hands
- Labyrinth 2 HD
- Martha Stewart Cookies
- Mass Effect Infiltrator
- MLS MatchDay 2012
- Modern Combat 3
- Mr. Oops
- NYTimes for iPad
- Order & Chaos Online
- Quotes Folder
- Real Racing 2 HD
- Reeder for iPad
- Roambi Analytics
- Roambi Flow
- SketchBook Pro for iPad
- Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy
- Solar Walk
- Star Walk for iPad
- TouchGrind BMX
- Tweetbot for iPad
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.
At yesterday's iPad event, Apple unveiled the final piece of the puzzle as it pertains to bringing the full iLife suite to iOS with the release of iPhoto for iPad and iPhone. Similar to GarageBand and iMovie, iPhoto is available now as a universal app for $5. So, what's the draw? Well, iPhoto lets you use your iOS device's multi-touch display to perform basic photo editing function like simple one-tap white balance, red-eye removal, and exposure adjustments. You can also crop and straighten images, and remove blemishes with ease.
You can pull up your photos that are stored on your device, including the camera roll and Photo Stream, and compare images side-by-side. Edits are non-destructive as they save a copy rather than editing the original. You can process images that are up to 19 megapixels, which should be fine for the vast majority of people out there, but for those of you shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II in RAW format, you may wanna look elsewhere for your photo processing software--but in that scenario, why would you be using an iPad for that function anyway?
You've got a bunch of sharing options, including Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr. You can also export photos to your Camera Roll and to iTunes and email them to contacts. One new feature is Journal, where you can select a group of photos that iPhoto then puts together in a unique gallery with dates, weather information, maps, and more. It's like making a diary out of photos relating to an event or range of dates.
For $5, you can't go wrong with iPhoto for iOS. You can get it now on the App Store.
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 now has today's iPad Event available for your viewing pleasure. Head on over to the Apple site and hit play to watch the 84-minute presentation. If you'd rather watch on your Apple TV, the event should be available in the Apple Keynotes podcast later today.
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