NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple's new iPad has finally been unveiled. And all those Android tablets hoping to compete against it should be afraid. Very, very afraid.
Apple has finally unveiled the new iPad
, a device that Apple says is the most
revolutionary improvement to the computing space since it launched its first
tablet a couple years ago. The device comes with 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) support, a "Retina
Display," voice control, and a host of other features. Its not necessarily the
groundbreaking improvement consumers and enterprise users were hoping for, but
its a notable step up, nonetheless.
For Android vendors, the new iPad
is a major concern. Although the iPad 2 was beating their devices handily, the
iPad 3 combines the finer parts of its predecessor and adds in a host of other
things both consumers and enterprise users will find appealing. If the iPad 2which is still available, by the waycan beat products like the Amazon
Kindle Fire or the Samsung Galaxy Tab, what makes anyone think the next iPad
The new iPad shows that Apple is
still the top tablet maker, and Android tablets have a new competitor to worry
1. Its the iPad, isnt it?
Apples iPad, regardless of the
version or functionality, should be enough to strike fear in the hearts of Android vendors
. Apples tablet is the most
sought-after device on the market, and something that is a force to be reckoned
with, no matter what it might offer. Until Android vendors can find a way to
overcome Apple and its iPad, theres no stopping it.
2. The Retina Display matters
Apples new iPad comes with the
Retina Display that has become popular in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. According
to Apple, the Retina Display will deliver even higher quality than anything on
the market so far, and will likely put all Android alternatives to shame. Dont
3. So does 4G LTE
For the first time, Apple has
bundled 4G LTE connectivity into one of its mobile devices. According to Apple,
the new iPad will feature support for both AT&Ts LTE network, as well as
that of Verizon Wireless. Its not groundbreaking, of course, but it eliminates one
major advantage competitors had been clinging to for the last year.
4. Pricing is essential
One of the smartest things Apple
could have done with the new iPad was keep its price the same as its
predecessor, the iPad 2. Customers looking to buy the new tablet
will be forced to pay $499 and up. Its
no bargainespecially when compared to the Kindle Firebut any price hike
would have been harmful to the devices appeal.