Apple iPad, the first mobile device, shown after the death of Steve Jobs, the former head of the company, whose market capitalization exceeds half a trillion dollars.
Era of iPad has entered a pivotal stage, if we turn to analytical data, and which quarterly please grieve experts around the world. In the fourth quarter of 2011, Apple managed to sell 15.4 million units of iPad, which exceeded the number of desktop computers sold by HP (they were sold 15.1 million units during the same period of time). Such comparisons allow the host of presentation Tim Cook, the current Director General of Apple, to conclude that the iPad – is exemplary devices of a new era of post-PC (post PC). According to surveys of Apple, people mostly use the iPad for e-mail, reading e-books, games and web surfing, but Apple, however, does not create just another device, and a whole category of devices. For this reason, the tablet has already produced more than 200,000 applications for a variety of solutions to different problems. For comparison, the iPad, according to Cook, in less than two years, there was about 100 competitors, and none of them has not reached the appropriate level – because, Cook launched a mobile Twitter client and search for companies to Yelp on the tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab and called it “crafts smartphone running on the tablet.”
The design of the new iPad (it is the name of the device, rather than 3 or iPad iPad HD, as some authorities tehnoblog guess) has undergone minor changes compared to its predecessor – the new generation model has a thickness of 9.4 mm and weighs about 652 grams, which is somewhat iPad is heavier than the second generation.
It also comes in white and black casing and is available and is compatible with the same accessories as its predecessor. The name change to “simple” is connected with the desire of Apple not to confuse their fans plenty of alphanumeric combinations that are in an era of rampant Jobs on the iPhone and iPod touch. Although, judging by the not so fiery as when he was Steve Jobs’ presentation devices, we can conclude that marketers and designers iPad just in a hurry do not agree on the name of novelty.
The new iPad screen, using a matrix Retina Display, which was on the iPhone 4 and 4S. On the plates such technological solutions are not used so far – Apple just the first set in the device with a large screen resolution than its physical dimensions, coming from the increase in the density of pixels (264 pixels per inch). The new iPad, it is 2048 * 1536 pixels, that is 3.1 megapixels, which is higher than Full HD-screen (1920 x 1080 pixels). Thus, for the iPad image is perceived as if it was placed on 15-inch device. Apple is also significant (40 percent) increased the level of color saturation and color screen (44 percent). The matrix displays the image in True RGB color profile.
The company also established a new tablet in the quad-core chip that is responsible for video graphics. He shared with the main processor, a new generation of computing called A5X. According to Apple, its new design works twice as fast as Nvidia Tegra chip, and three to four times more productive in general. Of the innovations iPad also worth noting the much improved camera iSight. Now the plate is set a 5-megapixel camera with a 5-element lens, IR filter and a sensor with a backlight, which allows to get pictures in poor lighting conditions.
The camera can also shoot Full HD-video with a frame width of 1080 pixels with software image stabilization. In fact, the manufacturer decided to just rearrange the chamber module 4 of the iPhone to the iPad.
The new version adds support for networking iPad 4G LTE. Now the data rate (included) when working in 3G-networks and so-called 3.75G network reaches a limit to their specifications, 21 and 42 Mbit / s, while in the U.S. LTE – 73 Mbit / s. Thus, the tablet when connected to a corresponding network without delays is quite open “heavy” Attachments and plays Full HD-video. However, we emphasize that this applies only to LTE-operators in the U.S. and Canada – AT &T;, Telus, Bell, Rogers and Verizon (the latter, respectively, will work on an appropriate modification of a single tablet). As for 3G, here again, Apple engineers have gone through repetition and they did so, as is already in the iPhone 4S – the tablet is activated 3G-roaming, adapted to all existing versions of WCDMA-networks with support for the regime “access points” in the absence of restrictions imposed by the cellular operator.
It is obvious that such innovations would also have an effect on the energy consumption of new items, which were not significantly reduced from premiere to premiere. Thus, according to Apple, the new tablet will be able to work up to 10 hours of normal operation and up to 9 hours with 4G.
As is usually the case, to release a new version of the iPad, and updated the software part iOS. Was no exception, and yesterday. The new version of iOS updated and improved the appearance of all major programs and a number of standard extras. For example, changes have iWork – there are new templates of documents and presentations, Garage Band – the creators have included in his support of the Save the service iCloud, make it musical editor, and a special tool to simulate Smart Strings Strings, iMovie – the program now has more new filters for video editing and timeline with full tools to create transitions between video clips, titles and so on.
Among the new products is the iPhoto application with full support sign controls, including editing photos multitouch (for example, double-tap on the frame portion adjusts the white balance and color), new special effects tools for basic editing (drawing cluttered horizon avtokontrastnost, trim size , eliminating the effect of “red eye” and so on), AutoSort personnel, including the recognition of similar images, a convenient mode to display the thumbnail and background images (up to 19-megapixel images) and quickly send images between devices and Web services Flickr, Twitter, and e-mail. In addition, the new iPad comes full voice control, in particular, the input text. Now, the built-in virtual keyboard, the tablet is present a voice activation button mode, which has worked with English, French, German and Japanese languages.
From the standing reference application released exclusively for buyers of a new tablet, Apple’s co-operation with publishers and developers launched several programs – the fighting simulator Ace Combat, RPG Infinity Blade: Dungeons, an application for creating and editing graphics SketchBook Ink from Autodesk, we are all united that they actively involve the possibility of a new video subsystem iPad – the simulator is a realistic 3D-engine, RPG-game supports HDR-images of scenes and lots of colors and shadows, open and export images with ultra-high resolution up to 100 megapixels. Coupled with the already mentioned screen size that is larger than the consoles Xbox 360 and Sony PS3, iPad looks “king” of the mobile gaming industry.
Apple has retained the current value of the tablet, providing 3G-version with 16 GB of memory for $ 499, 32GB for $ 599 and 64GB for $ 699 in white and in black housing. For fans of 4G tablet will cost 629, 729 and 829 dollars respectively. Expected a certain amount of technophile with a 128 GB version is not released. On sale will go to the iPad on March 16 in the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. Apple plans to begin selling at the same time in all these markets, calling such a move first in its history on the scale. Production and sales of iPad 2, meanwhile, will continue – it is cheaper by $ 100 – so the price tag drops to $ 399 for 16 GB Wi-Fi-model.