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First Hands-On Impressions of 'The New iPad'

Several tech blogs have posted their hands-on impressions of the new iPad, announced earlier today.

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“It’s Resolutionary” Apple says of the new iPad, and we have to agree. We’ve just grabbed some hands-on time with the new Retina Display iOS 5.1 tablet, and the difference from the iPad 2 – which, remember, stays on sale alongside it – is vast. The pixels in the 2048 x 1536 display are, at regular arm’s length, completely indistinguishable: it’s only when you get up close that you can make them out.
The Verge:
Physically, the device feels nearly the same in hand as the previous model. Though it does have a slight bump in thickness, the difference is nearly unnoticeable. Since the design hasn't dramatically changed, there's not much to note in the casing department, and though there are improved cameras present, the general seating and size of the sensors seems unchanged.
Image courtesy The Verge
There's no doubt that this here tablet feels every bit like a $500 product, oozing quality from edge to edge and being as delightful as ever to use. Is it the second coming of the tablet? Of course not, but if we've learned anything from the iPhone 4S, it doesn't need to be. Apple just put an insane amount of real estate in the hands of crafty developers, and frankly, we can't wait to see what they cook up.

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32 months ago
I felt the Tim Cook intro would lead to something just a TAD more revolutionary. He's absolutely right, but in the wrong year: it is a PC supplanting desktops. I was on the edge of my seat for him to say something, like...

...and so we made a dock to connect the iPad to a hard drive which can store a terabyte and provide expansion to the iPad when it becomes a desktop during sedentary times...

But, no. Figures. The moment Apple gets off its iAss and makes something like that, they shut down about every other desktop out there for 90% of the market, and conquer everything ever made.
Rating: 42 Votes
32 months ago
Such a gorgeous screen and an amazing update this year.
Rating: 32 Votes
32 months ago

Such a gorgeous screen and an amazing update this year.

What's amazing to me is that you can blow through your entire monthly data plan in fifteen minutes. What happened to all those unlimited data plans that were going to allow Apple's iCloud to become a serious storage platform? In an era of ever increasing resolutions and ever shrinking data plans, why are we expected to settle for local storage that is less than a tenth of what the PC era gave us? Each of us has different expectations as to what makes a great tablet, but I don't recall reading post after post and thread after thread about how bad the resolution was or how slow the processor is. So why is Apple so busy fixing what isn't even broken and yet so hesitant to address (or even acknowledge) what people are actually upset about?
Rating: 25 Votes
32 months ago

So the verdict on the name is "The new iPad?" We definitely can't just call it iPad, as we reference the original iPad all the time.

It could be just iPad, just like iPod, or iMac, or MacBook Air.

It's the iPad (3rd Generation)
Rating: 24 Votes
32 months ago

So the verdict on the name is "The new iPad?" We definitely can't just call it iPad, as we reference the original iPad all the time.

Right, because everytime apple refers to 'the Mac' they are clearly talking about the original 1984 model and not their current generation..?
Rating: 19 Votes
32 months ago
Nice. Go iFixit and tear it apart to see the new GPU, the CPU, and ram and tell us whats inside.

Oh and take my money apple!
Rating: 19 Votes
32 months ago
I thought Tim Cook's stage presence was fantastic today. I look forward to more of his keynotes.
Rating: 18 Votes
32 months ago
The pundits and several posters here are tripping all over themselves to not be enthusiastic about the differences, stating or implying it is a minor update.

That doesn't pass the smell test. At the same price, battery life, general feature and operating method, and size, it offers surprisingly increased benefits.

It has network access up to 10x as fast wirelessly, so if you need/want to you actually can practically play wireless HD video away from a fixed internet spot.

It has about 4x the screen resolution.

It has about 2x the processor speed and 4x the graphics capacity so you do not see slower response despite the 4x visual capacity.

It is at some basic level (2G/3G) a world phone data access device.

It is pitched as a hotspot, presumably either with a minimum service level or encouraging you to consume data so you simply pay more when you use it.

It facilitates new classes of software previously limited to desktop and laptop devices with CPU, graphics, and memory chips which themselves cost as much as this entire device, but includes an entire computer platform.

That sounds at least "fair" to me and based on how I presented it, I think a majority of people reading this will actually think it "above average to exciting".

Maybe it's just me. I doubt it.

Rating: 16 Votes
32 months ago

German Apple online Store says "iPad (3rd generation)"

I see. I guess they are doing what they do with the Macs and Apple TV - don't give it an iteration name.

We'd be on MacBook Pro 11 by now or something. Wouldn't surprise me if the next iPhone is just called "the new iPhone".

Not sure I completely agree with them refusing to name it iPad 3 though. Though I guess it'll be known as the iPad (early 2012) model..
Rating: 16 Votes
32 months ago
I'm guessing years from now this will be the "early 2012 iPad." Just like how they refer to their computers.

EDIT: Kilamite beat me to it.
Rating: 12 Votes

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