The New iPad Vs. Ipad 2 And Competitors
Yes, the new iPad is a reality as it was introduced to the world by Apple yesterday.
The show was held in San Francisco and the new iDevice was unveiled by Apple bosses Phil Schiller and Tim Cook.
The rumors and disputes about the name of the tablet varied – iPad 3, iPad HD or otherwise. They were all wrong. The name is simple: new iPad. Such a relief for many as it might turned out to be iPad 2S. Or something.
And what is so new on the new iPad and how does it compete with other tablets?
The sales of Apple surpassed PC unit sales for HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Acer. Also they sold 315 million devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod) with iOS in 2011, what accounts for 76% of Apple’s revenues.
With the prices of “old” iPad and iPad2 dropping significantly over the last few days and weeks, the question is – what’s so new and “resolutionary” on the new iPad?
|Display||9.7-inchLED-backlit IPS LCD||9.7-inchLED-backlit IPS LCD|
|Resolution||1024 x 768||2048 x 1536 “Retina Display”|
|CPU||1GHz dual-core Apple A5||dual-core Apple A5X|
|Graphics||PowerVR SGX 543MP2||TBA (but “Quad-Core,” our first guess a PowerVR SGX MP4+)|
|Memory||512MB RAM||1 GB (unconfirmed)|
|Storage||16GB / 32GB / 64GB||16GB / 32GB / 64GB|
|Front Camera||VGA (640 x 480)||VGA (640 x 480)|
|Rear Camera||0.7-megapixel, fixed focus||5-megapixel, autofocus|
|Cellular||EDGE plus Quadband HSPA or CDMA EV-Do Rev.A (Verizon)||“World-Ready” 3G, HSPA+, DC-HSPA, 4G LTE (AT&T, Verizon)|
|WiFi||802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||2.1 + EDR||4.0|
|Thickness||0.34-inch (8.8mm)||0.37-inch (9.4mm)|
|Weight (WiFi)||1.33 pounds (601 grams)||1.44 pounds (652 grams)|
|Weight (3G / LTE)||AT&T 1.35 pounds (613 grams)Verizon 1.34 pounds (607 grams)||1.46 pounds (662 grams)|
|Battery Life||25-watt-hour lithium polymer (rated 10 Hours)||42.5-watt-hour lithium polymer(rated 10 hours / 9 on 4G)|
|Ports||30-pin dock, 3.5mm headphone||30-pin dock, 3.5mm headphone|
|Location (WiFi)||WiFi, Digital Compass||WiFi, Digital Compass|
(3G / LTE)
|aGPS, 3G, Digital Compass, WiFi||aGPS, 3G, 4G, Digital Compass, WiFi|
Comparison chart originally posted at Endgaget.com, slightly edited by myself.
Mike Capps, president of game developer stated that Apple’s new tablet has “As more memory and higher screen resolution than an XBox 360 or Playstation 3” – what should that mean?
The consoles are of course not their main competitors, but they have been around here for a while. Xbox introduced to the market in 2005 and Playstation 3 a year later, in 2006. So these pieces are about to meet their ancestors soon and leave to “silicon heaven“. Just for a simple comparison – Apple has updated the iPad twice since it was first unveiled in 2010.
And with at least 22 of the top 25 paid iPhone apps being games; among the top 25 paid iPad apps, at least 12 games – the aim and path of Apple is more than obvious.
However I doubt that the real hard-core gamers will switch to Apple just because it has a better screen resolution. But the segment of casual gamers or “on-the-go” gamers is wast and still unsaturated, thus it’s a smart move from Apple.
Also when compared to the other tablets currently available, the toughest competitor in this chart is the Asus Transformer Infinity. But let’s wait for benchmarks and proper tests before jumping to conclusions.
See the comparison of the New iPad adn iPad 2 to Asus Transformer Infinity, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Kindle Fire tablet and BlackBerry PlayBook below.
Image originally posted at Gizmodo.com, slightly edited by myself.
The new iPad starts is $500, $600, or $700 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version at 16, 32, and 64GB, respectively. For Wi-Fi plus 4G it’s $630, $730, and $830, for the the 16, 32, and 64GB versions, respectively.
Plus some of the features of the New iPad can be seen in the New Apple iPad TV ad.
Still in doubts – is the hype around the new iPad in place and is it a smart move to launch a bit “newer” product so soon? And also, will Apple leverage from its position of a tablet market leader and shift more casual gamers to its platform?