Mobile and Wireless: 4G-Powered iPad Targets Android Tablets With Retina Display, New Apps
Apple unveiled its latest iPad during a high-profile March 7 event at San Francisco's Moscone Center, which started with Apple CEO Tim Cook taking the stage to discuss the "post-PC future." The latest iPad is designed not only to embrace that future, but also to beat back a sizable challenge from the Google Android tablets currently on the market. In addition to a "Retina Display" (with 2048 by 1536 resolution) and an iOS 5.1 software update, Apple's next-generation device boasts a 5-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 1080p video and an A5X processor with quad-core graphics. Despite those advanced features, the new iPad apparently offers the same battery life as the iPad 2, and nearly the same physical specs. (It weighs a little more.) Those in the United States will have the option of purchasing the new iPad with 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity on either Verizon Wireless or AT&T. Apple executives spent much of the presentation detailing revamped versions of iWork, iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand, all of which take advantage of the iPad's graphical power. In an interesting twist, Apple didn't attach an official name to the new iPad, with executives referring to it only as the "new iPad." While the device will likely sell well upon its March 16 release, the iPad franchise as a whole could face significant competition later in 2012, when Microsoft and its manufacturing partners debut tablets running Windows 8.