Mobile and Wireless: New iPad Hands-On at Grand Central Store Reveals Stunning Screen, Speed
Apple launched its new iPad in the United States March 16. As expected, Apple Stores (including the giant one in New York City's Grand Central Station that eWEEK visited) saw long lines of people anxious to be among the first to get their hands on the tablet. Despite some new, upgraded hardwareincluding a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera and a high-resolution Retina Display (2048 by 1536 pixels)Apple hasn't radically altered the fundamental iPad experience. Many apps seem to run faster, thanks to the proprietary A5X processor (an upgrade from Apple's previous A4), and the screen sets a new bar for display clarity. Even when you lean close, you can barely see the pixels. While the new iPad is a bit thicker than the iPad 2 (at 0.37 inches, versus 0.34 inches for the previous version) and a little heavier (at 1.4 pounds, versus 1.3 pounds) the difference feels negligible when the two devices are actually compared in the real world. Those in the United States will have the option of purchasing the new iPad with 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity on either Verizon or AT&T. Analysts predict the new iPad will prove an instant bestseller. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster expects Apple to sell roughly 1 million units March 16. Apple likely hopes that early surge will translate into long-term success against rivals such as Google Android and the upcoming Windows 8 tablets.