On March 7, Apple unveiled its latest iPad creation in one of the customer live events, now with Tim Cook heading the presentation.
So what's the news with this new release? Well, if you want a tablet computer that looks different from Apple's other creations, don't hold your breath. This new product looks just like the rest of second generation: most updates are under the hood. The basic sleek design, ports, and controls all remain the same. The size is totally unchanged. Colors are still black and white, although with skins and covers, that may not really matter.
Two things stand out. First, the main reason Apple is taking the time to hold a whole live event, the 4G LTE capability. This means the tablet can download and update much faster. Apple's hoping this will make watching videos over its apps far more popular, despite the jump in cost for 4G plans.
Second, the new screen has a 2045x1536 resolution, with 264 pixels per inch, so image quality is also taking a jump upward. The new screen is called "Retina," and while it doesn't have anything to do with scanning your vision, it should be far more pleasing to the eyes. Inside the 4G version, the new processor is faster, the outward-facing camera is sharper, and battery life has been coaxed all the way to 10 hours (well, 9 hours if you're using the 4G).
Of course, 4G isn't available everywhere and the services are only offered by AT&T and Verizon, so this new version won't hold appeal for everyone. After all, it's only been a handful of months since the iPad 2 hit the shelves. Are people really ready for an update, or will this convince all those people with the original iPad to finally make the upgrade leap?
Either way, the new tablet is available for $629 with 4G, or for $499 without.