At the much awaited Apple product event in California, the third generation iPad 3 stole the show and garnered the attention of people across the globe. Contrary to the speculations made before the launch, Apple termed this ultra modern gadget simply as an 'iPad' instead of 'iPad 3' or 'iPad HD.' However, the event was meant for some more products coming from Apple, but the new iPad was undoubtedly something that made this event talk of the town.
The recently launched iPad has many new features and specs to talk about. Its improved features have qualities to become an attraction even for casual observers. Most importantly, it is run by a powerful processor and features a sharper screen than its predecessor, iPad 2. Moreover, this is going to be slightly thicker and heavier than iPad 2 because it has to accommodate a larger battery to supply power for its high resolution screen. The new gadget will have the ability to connect to the latest 4G LTE networks to transfer data with a faster speed than its predecessors.
The shipments of new iPads are expected to hit the market during March 16-19 if everything goes as per the schedule. In the first phase, the new iPad will be released in only 10 countries: the United States, France, Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and China.
Prices for the new iPads will remain at the same level i,e, $499. However the versions that would be capable to access cellular networks will cost between $629 to $829. One more important revelation that came through this event is about iPad 2 that got cheaper by $100 to cost just $399 now. This is a strategic move of Apple Inc to regain some market share from cheaper tablets like Kindle Fire from Amazon Inc that comes at just $199. Apple had to look at iPad prices for reduction as Samsung Electronics and other full-size tablet makers have revised their price bands to make tablets cheaper.
The battery capacity of the new iPad has been improved with a larger battery. The backup is expected to last around 10 hours even with the new battery because of the screen with higher resolution. This battery would have lasted for around 17 hours if used with screens with less resolution. Apple says that the battery is 70 percent stronger than those used in its previous models.
Sharper display is one major thing to look upon in the new iPad. Apple said that the display of the new gadget will be sharper than any average high definition television. It features a super high resolution screen to make texts and images sharper, crispier and brighter than ever. This new screen will be able to show all the details in a high definition movie that were earlier missed out in iPad 2. Apple said that the new screen embraces an altogether unique concept to show deeper and more vibrant colors than previous iPad versions.
Since the new iPad has not been baptized with a different name it might cause some confusion in the mind of buyers. Confusions are likely as its previous version iPad 2 still exists but that could be managed. Same thing had happened with the launch of iPod as the new iPod was known as just 'iPod.' Now, it is for the consumers to figure out which version they are looking for.
During the product launch in California, it was confirmed by Apple that the new iPad will reach to the consumer in a version that can use the LTE wireless broadband networks of Verizon Wireless and AT&T. The 4G offered by these companies make data transfer faster than 3G used with iPhone and previous iPad versions.
Apple also revealed that it is updating some of its software so that consumers use the features of new iPad in entirety. For example, the company is considering to launch a version of Mac's iPhoto, a photo organization and manipulation program for tablets.
The new iPad is maneuvered to restore the lost Apple's market share in the tablet segment. The company has not entirely written off the iPad 2 rather made it more feasible for consumers by slashing its price by $100. Now it is to be seen how the new iPad is going to turn the fortune wheel for Apple.