Monday, 29 October 2012

Tablets Apple Unveiled on October 24

Apple Inc. unveiled at a media event in California Theatre in downtown San Jose, California, what the company thinks are the key products for the 2012 Holiday Season. However, there is one surprise from the launch: They tossed the iPad 3 into oblivion with the fourth generation of the Apple tablet computer. The iPad that buyers got on March 22, 2012 is now obsolete. You better sell your old iPad now if you want to have the new one. But then again, this is always how Apple operates; surprises are no surprises.

The iPad 4

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The biggest surprise in the event was the release of the iPad 4, a rehashed version of the “new” iPad (iPad 3), which was released on March 22, 2012. This really surprised a lot of people.

This new “new iPad” is officially called “the iPad with Retina Display” or the 4th Gen iPad. There are only few changes, but you might consider them important. The iPad 4 runs on the in-house A6X processor, which is twice the CPU and twice the GPU performance when you compare it to the A5X. Apple would cover the performance offered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro and the upcoming NVIDIA Tegra 4 processors. Another change is the 9-pin Lightning connector, which replaced the 30-pin one.

Another change is the front camera, now supporting HD Ready resolution (1280x720). However, the back camera still supports the 1080p video recording and automatic video stabilization. Taking pictures is still limited to five million pixels though.

The price is similar to the iPad 3 and starts at $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model, continuing up to $829 for a 64GB version with 4G and Wi-Fi.

The iPad Mini

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This smaller iPad is as thin as a pencil (7.2 mm) and has a weight of a pad of paper (0.68 pounds, 308 grams, 0.31 kg).

Its screen is 7.9 inches diagonally. It offers the same resolution as the iPad 2 (1024 x 768), but with better pixel density. Sadly, Apple used the original A5, and not even the A5X. This means the iPad Mini has the same processor as the iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

Just like the big iPad, iPad Mini comes with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacity, with Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G/4G LTE capabilities. The Wi-Fi only models range in price for $329 to $529, while Wi-Fi+3G/4G models will set you back anywhere between $459 and $659.


Whether you love Apple or not, it is obvious that Apple is in fifth gear when they launch products. They make their old products obsolete within a year and offer features that you would not see anywhere else. They even kept the unpopular display ratio 4:3 on their tablet computers. This might be to say that it is big enough and it will offer the best possible performance.

Apple is indeed the best PC Company on the market, and their competitors know that. Now, we have to wait for the Windows 8 designs and see how impressive they are to capture an audience.

What about you? Will you sell iPad for the iPad 4 or iPad Mini? Or will you choose a Windows 8 tablet?


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