LOOKING PAST THE NEW IPAD
Amidst a cheering crowd of what were undeniably iFans, Tim Cook and his team at Apple unveiled the new iPad. Yes, you read that right - not the iPad 3, not the iPad HD, but the new iPad. The first giveaway that Apple would be focussing on what we didn't expect them to was the name.
The second was the immense focus on the screen. Apple (as we've previously speculated) brought the iPhone's Retina Display to the new iPad. In case you missed it, the Retina Display uses enough pixels to make images and text appear seamless. To keep this seamlessness, Apple uses a 2048x1536 pixel screen, which makes for a total of 3.1 million pixels, or 263.92 pixels per inch (ppi).
To offer such a high-definition -- or, as Apple would say, better than HD -- display, Apple's increased the number of cores of their GPU, and not their CPU. The new processor is called the A5X, and it's a dual-core CPU with a quad-core GPU. Also on board is a new 5-megapixel camera on the back, dubbed iSight. The five-element lens is capable of shooting video at 1080p. Apple's only now made the shift to 4G, but has reported a battery life of 9 hours -- meaning the wait might've been worthwhile.
For other manufacturers, especially those who've been waiting to see what Apple had planned, this isn't great news.ASUS's Transformer Pad is still leading the tablet pack with its Tegra 3 quad-core processor. However, we'll have to wait to get in-depth analysis of the quad-core CPU vs the quad-core GPU. Still, we're willing to bet ASUS is wondering what a quad-core CPU and a quad-core GPU would give them -- assuming it's possible at all, while maintaining a decent battery life.
We're sure you all remember how Samsung's Executive Vice President, Lee Don-Joo, found the Galaxy Tab 10.1 inadequate and ordered a redesign, after he saw the iPad 2. We suspect Samsung must be feeling some déjà vu with its Galaxy Tab 2.
Announced at MWC, the Galaxy Tab 2 is the follow-up to Samsung's original 10.1-inch tablet. With a dual-core processor, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a PLS LCD with approximately 149 ppi. If that spec list doesn't sound impressive to you, it's because it isn't. So will history repeat itself? Will we see a redesign? It's not likely. But Samsung does have an event coming up on 22 March. And they do have some street cred to live up to, especially in the smartphone department.
Despite rumours about the event not being the premiere of the Samsung Galaxy S III, we're still expecting some news about this phone. As for the tablet war, we're guessing it's still iPad vs TROTW -- that's "The Rest Of The World", not us.
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