With the release of the new iPad, Apple has just released the time that they will be opening their doors, and which countries will be carrying the new iPad on launch day. Apple just announced that it will be opening its doors early on Friday at 8:00 A.M. which is one to two hours earlier than expected.
Apple also released the location of the countries that it will be selling the iPad in. These countries are U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, U.K., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Apple will release the new iPad in an additional 25 countries on March 23rd. Stores other than official Apple stores will also be releasing the new iPad Friday. These stores include Radio Shack, Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, and Sams Club. Also, some mobile carriers will be stocking the 4G model including Verizon and AT&T.
The additional countries that will be receiving the iPad on March 23rd include; Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, Sweden, Austria, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and The Netherlands.
Do not expect to be able to order online through Apple however. Apple has run out of stock to be able to deliver the new iPad this week. Expected wait time will be approximately two to three weeks in almost every country. Also not available is a way to reserve a new iPad for yourself. Unfortunately Apple has not created a reservation system for this model, so you will simply have to hit the stores, or wait to order it online.
On the good side, if you do purchase a beautiful new iPad directly through apple, you will be treated to free set-up including all the usual benefits to apple customers such as setting up accounts and the popular “find my iphone/ipad “app.
The highly touted iPad iOS 5.1 will have the option of running the lightning fast 4G LTE radio. They will also include the incredibly helpful icloud connectivity, AirPlay functionality, voice dictation, dual core A-5X CPU, and an astonishing 3 million pixels.
The newest version of the iPad will start at $499 for the most basic 16 GB wifi model and $629 for the 16 GB wifi+4G model. On the upper end of the pricing spectrum, it will cost you $699 for the 64 GB wifi model while the most expensive model is priced at $829 for 64 GB and wifi+4G. Just make sure you get in-line early for the new release.
Everyone knows one person that is always on the go. Maybe that person is you. They are always coming from, on the way to, or in the middle of something. Productivity is extremely important to them and they definitely don’t want to waste any of their time. The iPad can be this persons’ best friend. It streamlines everything great about laptops, TVs, and just about every Apple product into one easy to carry device. You definitely want to make sure you get your hands on this model.
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From its initial release to its latest version, Apple’s iPad has both wowed consumers and inspired competitors. For example, Samsung and Motorola with their Galaxy and Druid series gadgets have given Apple a run for its money. The new iPad (formally rumoured to be iPad 3) is no exception and can expect fierce competition as manufacturers continue to release their own innovative tablets and gadgets. Before exploring the competition, let’s first look at what Apple has in store. But before you read on, would you consider reading these two great posts about the new iPad?
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What the Apple iPad 3 (new iPad) has
The third generation iPad isn’t a major redesign. In fact, it’s much like its predecessors, only better.
Retina Display – The iPad 3 features a stunning “Retina” display that translates into a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. From viewing photos and videos to working with text, the new display is razor sharp and markedly better than iPad2 and the original. The downside to this even-better-than-high-definition display is this: some apps aren’t ready for it and their graphics may appear overly pixelated. Expect developers to update their apps in response. 5MP iSight Camera – At last, a decent camera in the iPad. This is a 5 mega pixel camera capable of creating impressive high resolution photos and videos. Ultrafast 4G LTE – The new iPad boasts 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) capabilities. This technology is still in its infancy, so it’s not widely available. However, if you can get it, it’s dramatically faster than 3G. If you can’t, the iPad 3 includes Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus 3G.
The new iPad is looking impressive so far. Which devices will compete with the iPad 3 this year? Here’s a look at some of the major contenders:
1. Amazon Kindle Fire
For many, it’s been a choice between the Kindle and the iPad. Both devices have evolved rapidly, and the Kindle Fire has already heated things up. First, the Kindle Fire has a huge price advantage over any version of the iPad, starting at just $199 as opposed to $499 for an entry-level iPad. Amazon’s store is also massive, and Prime subscribers have access to a vast library of free videos. The Kindle Fire also boasts an easy-on-the-eyes display and elegant Web browsing experience. At seven inches as opposed to over nine, the Kindle Fire is easier to tote in a purse, briefcase, backpack, or even a large pocket.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note Series
Blending the best features of a smart phone with those of a tablet, Samsung has created a hybrid gadget that small (five inches), portable, and impressive. Larger than a phone, the Galaxy Note features a stylus for greater precision than finger swipes. Not only that, the Galaxy Note is also available in a 10.1-inch size – larger than the iPad. The 10.1 version also supports 4G connectivity and its camera comes with a flash.
3. Asus Transformer Prime HD
Have you ever tried to do serious typing on the iPad? The Asus Transformer comes with a removable external keyboard, solving the problem elegantly. Of course, it also includes all the standard features you’d expect of an iPad 3-era tablet.
4. Toshiba Thrive
With its full size HDMI and USB ports, the Thrive solves another shortcoming of other tablets. Need to quickly access data on a portable Flash drive? Want to view your tablet’s photos and movies on your large screen HDTV? Simply connect a cable and you’re in business!
5. Google Ice Cream Sandwich–based Tablets
Google’s operating system upgrade, Ice Cream Sandwich, has many speculating that Google may be getting ready to enter the tablet market. Many popular Android-based tablets including the Galaxy Note 10.1 mentioned above have updated to Ice Cream Sandwich to good effect.
6. Microsoft Windows 8-based Tablets
Not to be outdone, it’s widely speculated that Microsoft’s Windows 8 system with its integrated tablet features will launch a new wave of tablets.
Apple’s iPad 3 or the New iPad is sure to impress existing and new iPad users alike. However, as the competition heats up, the iPad may find itself losing market share. From smaller tablets with comparable features and innovative tablets that take the evolution of tablet computing to a new level to less expensive alternatives that do most of the same things, there are quite a few gadgets that can compete with the new iPad.
Guest Post contributed by Zoe Howard, on behalf of Phoneshop.co,uk. He has been writing on behalf of Phoneshop for a very long time.
Apple Inc. on Wednesday has uncovered a new version of the popular table device which we have speculated about some months back. I’m talking about the new iPad with a 4G capability and higher-resolution screen, and an update to the Apple TV box. It was the second time that the Apple CEO, Tim Cook will be presenting Apple’s product to the media – the first was when he was presenting the iPhone 4S back then in October, 2011.
Techatlast keeps you updated right from the beginning to the end of the event at Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco, U.S is below for your reading pleasure.
2:15 P.M.:Wrapping Up of the Event
Starting now is a video showing all about the iLife apps. The voiceovers as I think, was done by Billy Crudup in Apple Videos.
The video summarizes most everything that we have heard and makes them simple for us to understand. These aren’t just about the iLife, but about the whole new iPad.
One of our team notes that current iPad owners will have to raise cash in order to buy the new one, but noted that, if at all majority of them aren’t able to raise money for the new one, here he provides this guide to show them how to sell the old one to raise money for the new one.
Presently, iPad 2 still remains available on the market at its actual price even with the launch of the new version. The old iPad costs $399 as at the time of writing this… though we’re very certain the price will soon go down as soon as people started buying the new one, which is now available for PRE-ORDER here. But, if you still want the 3G iPad with Wi-Fi access, it costs $529 and you can get it as well from the widget below.
Enough of that, Mr. Cook is now back on the stage, giving us the clue about the product with a new iPad ad. Though, it is somehow vicious for him to be showing an ad to the large crowd of journalists in the room. They don’t need such, what they are after is the product, ready to be revealed to them.
Tim Cook has just started thanking everyone in the room, saying “Across the year, you are going to see a lot more of this kind of innovation. We are just getting started.”
And after that thanksgiving session, he left the stage. And here come an Apple logo, projected on the screen by the Apple media team.
2:08 P.M.:iPhoto for the new iPad
The new iPhoto for iPad is being unveiled with glass shelves to replace the old and badly looking cheap plywood that was used for the iBooks in the past.
According to Mr. Ubillos presentation on the stage, it shows that the new iPhoto can auto crop photos and do some kind of image browsing and others without much work to put in.
This new iPhoto would be a big hit for people that are into photography business, all because it would make them productive with its ease photo editing feature.
Now, when arranging your photos, the new iPhoto can help you pull in map and some historical weather data to make the image more interesting and presentable. What a wonderful image editing feature? It was cool and you gonna like it when the pre-order finishes.
1:55 P.M.:Apple Updates its iPad Apps
Mr. Schiller, a member of Apple Inc. is back on stage. What is he talking about? Mr. Schiller is talking about the iWork – known as the Apple’s catalog of productivity apps, which has now been updated to work with the new version of the iPad.
There are many more apps for the iPad and few of them mentioned are iMovie, Garage Band and the iPhoto with cool features and it is independent app – not just pictures like it was before. It has its own app with multi-touch editing and photo browsing tools.
Right now, the Apple’s photo-app chief, Randy Ubillos, is now on stage.
Let us get back to the software. Mr Schiller said that all the iPad apps have been updated to be able to work with the new display and processor capacity. A great benefit for new iPad freak guys out there.
Now is the time for third-party developers.
Here’s a presentation from Autodesk. Autodesk’s Chris Cheung is speaking. Chris Cheung and some of his partner displayed SketchBook, which is a drawing app for iPad and other Apple products.
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But what concerns us most is the issue with the iPad not having a new look. I think Apple is priding itself believing that people will have to buy it the way they see it.
Mike Capp from Epic Games is now on with his colleague, playing the games.
1:38 P.M.:Wrapping Up on the New iPad
The new iPad comes with many great features, though, it’s going to cost $499 just the same rate as the old iPad.
It pre-orders has started since Wednesday right at the event, while it is going to be available on March 16th.
It storage capacities ranges from 16GB, 32GB, and 64 GB memory. Its prices are all the same just as the preceding version.
But there is no version code for the new iPad, it is not iPad 3 or any of the names we’ve speculated about for some weeks ago, so we can now think maybe this is the time when all the Apple products will go without version numbers such as the Macs.
Here comes the iPad Voice dictation option! It is a new key, very close to the space bar – with a microphone icon. You can now dictate what you want to say or write just like how the Siri works in iPhone 4S.
The 4G LTE wireless capabilities is what makes the tablet a big hit because users can now use good speed internet connection without hassle. You can use the 4G LTE for faster internet access while you’re out of Wi-Fi internet service – just like when you are travelling while blogging.
The new iPad will support HSPA+ with mean, it can transfer data at 21 mbps; dual-carrier HSPA at 42mb; and LTE which comes with a 73mbps data transfer rate.
Mr. Schiller then talks more about how video buffering works much faster for you to start watching online video sooner than expected.
According to what he said, AT&T and Verizon wireless will be the carriers for the new iPad in the United States, where the ACTA seating will be taking place this month. LTE powered iPads in the U.S. will be configured for each network, since they work on different frequencies. Also, the new iPads are as well compatible with the 3G networks globally.
1:29 P.M.: More Detailed information on the new iPad
According to Mr. Schiller, the new model requires high power processor (the Apple A5X quad-core chip). He says the new chip is even faster than the older chip and can handle graphics twice the capacity of the older one.
Still ahead; We’re on the verge of showing you the second feature of the new version of the Apple iPad. The new feature is called, the iSight camera – it comes with a 5-megapixel sensor. The iSight camera is the one on the back side of the iPad – whereas the front facing camera will still be the same Facetime Camera that we’re familiar with before. And it is basically for videoconferencing.
The iSight camera has good face detection capacity as well. It can record video at 1080p resolution.
And here’s Mr. Schiler showing us a video taken by the iSight on a bench.
One more thing to take note of in this version of the iSight, it has a video stabilization capacity, which is mainly to help you stabilize video content and makes it okay from shakes.
1:23 P.M.:The New iPad with no version number
Phil Schiller, a senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, is now ready to speak right on stage. What was he saying? It is all about the new iPad having Apple’s high-resolution Retina display. Isn’t that great news? Yes, it is.
If you can recall, Apple retina display was first spotted on the iPhone 4 and now is the time for the iPads.
The new iPad retina display is 2,048 by 1,536 pixels. We can as well rate it to be equal to 3.1 million pixels, which mean, it has an additional million pixels than the 1080p high definition TV.
On size, the phone has 264 pixels per inch, and when it comes to color, it has a 44% better color saturation.
Mr. Schiller quotes as saying “four times as many pixels as the older iPad.”
1:18 P.M.:About the iPad, the things you need to know
Few about the iPad. In the fourth quarter of last year, Apple sold 15.4 million of iPads.
Apple CEO, Tim Cook has this to say: “When we set out to make the iPad, we did not just want to make a new product, we wanted to create a new category.”
Mr. Cook is now giving speech about the company’s competitors. To make his speech cool, he showed us a Twitter app which is on an Android Tablet.
He says, “it looks like an overstuffed smartphone app, because that’s. Exactly. What. It. Is.”
He then compares that with the current version of the iPad and play jokes that people were wondering who will come up with the best tablet. But the truth is, we’re the only one.
1:14 P.M.:More on the New Apple TV
Now is the time for Mr. Cue to take his own speech about the iCloud and the Apple TV. He says that we can now pull up our previously purchased movies.
Apple TV presently goes for $99; it is still the same price as it was with the old version. And it is now available for pre-orders online. But, you can check the Amazon script below to book yours.
1:12 P.M.:A New Version of Apple TV
A new Apple TV has just been announced supporting a 1080p high-definition content and it has a new cool interface.
Mr. Eddy Cue who is a senior vice president for Internet Software and Services was the one who demonstrated it. Apple TV screen savers have been changed to juicy photos from the National Geographic.
1:05 P.M.Tim Cook on iOS 5.1
Mr. Cook talks about the iOS 5.1 which is the latest update for the iOS 5 software download for most of the Apple products.
He also made mention of the Siri, the personal assistant app designed inside the iPhone 4S. He says “Siri is your best friend.” And he promised that it will be available for customers in Japan as part of its iOS 5.1.
1:01 P.M.Tim Cook closes the whole event
Tim Cook has now taken the stage — ready to give the final speech. He is bold, happy and in good condition to speak!
What he’s talking about is the evolution of the post-PC devices, iPod, iPad and iPhone.
He says, “The iPad is reinventing portable computing and outstripping the wildest expectations.”
In the meantime, last year, Apple sold 172 million devices, and the company brought in 76% of revenue in the fourth quarter.
Tim Cook revealed it that the retail stores are imperatives to the post-PC shopper — he said that “the devices are new to many people, and people need to get familiar with them.”
The event was round up with a projected display of the Apple’s new store that is based in Amsterdam, Holland. And as at now, it is the largest of Apple retail store ever.
That is how the event goes….thanks for reading and staying with us.
Hey folks, thanks for being there throughout the last few weeks when I’m not available here. I have some days off Techatlast due to some internet connectivityy issues in my country, Nigeria. But now, I’m back with a good news that I have for you, the Apple iPad tagged as the NEW IPAD has been unveiled on Wednesday by Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc.
We couldn’t give you all the information about life coverage of the event in detailed this time due to some circumstances beyond our control, but, we promise to bring everything as it went in San Francisco to you tomorrow with every footage of how the new iPad was released alongside its Apple TV box.
But to give you an idea of what you should be expecting in tomorrow post about the total roundup information about the iPad, I have here some nice pictures to show you of the new iPad and the Apple TV user interface which has worn a new look.
Kindly enjoy and do give your comments and also read some other articles we’ve covered in the past few weeks about the Apple iPad, iPhone 5 and others – both rumors and real news about them….thanks a lot 🙂
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It is yet another year full of excitement for all Apple product users. This is the time when we’re expecting the release of the iPad 3. Though, it is still iPad 3 rumours that clogging up our lives but, what should we be expecting with the next generation of iPads?
I have here quick guide to show you features and all expected capacity we’re expecting in the yet to be released, iPad 3.
By history, the iPad family is still in its second year of existence, but, the device family has really showed us that it is ready to continue to dominate the market for a very long time.
Recently, I covered an article here explaining the features of the iPad 3 and its screen size with some other features, which information is certain to come into a reality soonest as it appeared that Apple is working hard to bring rumoured features into the device. Check the iPad 3 features and let’s hear what you have to say in the comment section below.
iPad 3 Display to Feature Retina Display
iPad 3 was reported recently that it is going to feature the retina display technology, though, many found it uneasy to believe. But since Apple is very popular with retina display on most of its products, spotting iPad 3 with this capacity will not be a bad idea. If this really comes into a reality, that would bring an end to the rivalry between iPad and some other tablets in the market presently.
It’s extremely not likely that anything other than the superfast and new A6 chip will be embedded into iPad 3 to power it, just as Bloomberg and other Medias have reported. But the question, which was still left unanswered, is that maybe the A6 chip will bundle quad core power. Meanwhile, competitors such as, Transformer Prime has finally moved on to quad core chips, and the unbelievable gaming and HD movie processing heft such improvement entails.
However, both Bloomberg and BGR have reported that the A6 chip will certainly be quad core.
When it comes to RAM, seriously, we need to consider the fact that this tablet is said to be featuring a retina display, and that means; there has to be RAM upgrade for it to work perfectly in the iPad 3 device – that depends on the outcome of these claims.
iLounge has recently mention several sources saying that the iPad 3 will come with an HD front-facing camera for its HD Facetime. This would make it looks interesting, considering the fact that high-quality front-facing cameras have recently found their way into smartphones like the recently featured, Lumia 900. It is very popular among tablet users to use their device for video chat much more than using the phones itself.
BGR recently leaked debug screenshots of what it claimed was proof of both that fancy new A6 processor and global 4G LTE, and Japanese blog Macotakara reported similar network details around the same time. Bringing LTE to the iPad before the iPhone would make sense, because the iPad’s larger battery can handle the 4G drain. Then again, a 4G iPad would almost certainly portend a 4G iPhone this summer, and it’s not at all clear that Apple considers the network mature enough to hop on just yet.