Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
Friday, 10:30 AM Pacific, and a few people remain in line for the iPad launch at the Apple Store in Washington Square mall (Portland, OR, metro area). Evidently lines were heavy in the wee hours but quickly thinned out, as Apple had enough supply to meet initial demand. Some 4G and 64GB models were still available. But the remaining stock will likely run dry by the time Friday workers begin taking off early and flood into the stores.
Taking a quick look at the iPad 3 – errrrrt!, iPad – and nothing new becomes readily apparent. It's the flexible use of the new iPad that will leave it's market on the industry. In iBooks text was crystal clear at nearly any font size. The various settings available should allow anyone to find a comfortable brightness and color scheme for any inside reading environment.
The camera is amazingly snappy, and while I only took a few indoor shots, they were clean and crisp. Based on only a quick comparison, the iPad seemed on par with that of the iPhone 4S. Not many will use the iPad for photos or video, but if the iPad is out, the kids are on the beach, and the iPhone is stuck in a purse or bag somewhere, count on the iPad picking up the slack.
Video trailers played as smooth as butter, and the image quality of the trailers can't even match that of the iPad itself. Video looks fantastic on this device. It makes me wonder if some will just snuggle up to a movie in bed with their iPad vs going Airplay via their Apple TV and big screen...
Lastly, the new iPad is wicked fast, clearly faster than the iPad 2 in just about every function or task. While the main CPU may not have been given a huge boost, the graphics chipset is clearly giving the system a big pickup. Whatever else Apple tweaked between the iOS and chip level is anyone's guess, but it's clearly faster than the iPad 2.
The new iPad is everything every other tablet wishes it where – but isn't – and that spells another blockbuster product for Apple, and dominance in the market for at least another year.
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