We give you the low down on today's product launches from Apple.
With its typical Apple event fanfare, the secretive tech mogul (and world’s most valuable company) launched its newest must-have devices this afternoon: an updated 4G iPad and the undated Apple TV set top device (read: Apple TiVo)
Speculation in recent weeks has ranged from projection devices to an announcement of a much-rumored Apple-built television set (said to be foreshadowed in Walter Isaacson’s biography of late co-founder Steve Jobs). The air cleared just over a week ago as the media invites went out featuring an iPad image and the tagline: “We have something you really have to see.” Here’s our breakdown of the updates:
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Product: The new iPad (creative, yes? – we'll still call it the iPad 3, just saying)
Wi-Fi: 16GB ($499), 32GB ($599), 64GB ($699)
Wi-Fi + 4G LTE: 16GB ($629), 32GB ($729), 64GB ($829) - (upgraded from 3G)
Display Quality: High-resolution Retina (2048-by-1536-pixels at 264 ppi) – (same resolution as iPhone 4S)
Chip: A5X (approximately 4 times faster than the iPad 2)
Colors: Black + White
US Carriers: AT&T + Verizon
Bluetooth: 4.0 (upgraded from 2.1)
iSight (back) camera: 5MP
Auto focus, tap to focus, Video recording HD (1080p) – (upgraded from 720p) Video stabilizing (new feature)
FaceTime (front) camera: VGA quality (0.3MP is still not great though)
Verdict: It looks nice, performs faster, and shoots higher quality; but still not worth ditching your laptop for at these prices.
To check out the Apple TV update, click below.
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Product: Apple TV aka. Apple TV HD - (continuity is always useful - except for the fact Apple will have some problems when the actual Apple TV comes out)
Resolution: 1080p - (upgraded from 720p - bring on more expensive iTunes, Netflix, etc. shows and movies)
Connectivity: Apple's Cloud wireless virtual content system allows for streaming between all of your Apple devices using AirPlay
Color: Black - (who really needs a colorful set-top box anyway)
Controller: Use your aforementioned iPod, iPad, or iPhone using Remote App
Verdict: If you already have the other members in the Apple family. The price point is decent for the features it offers.