Apple announces some new iPads.. which are still the same old. (image courtesy of The Verge)
A little over an hour ago, Apple unveiled some new iPads for the world to enjoy. The first one being a new version of the traditional 9.7 inch iPad (pictured above). I’m assuming they’ll call it ‘the new iPad’ which is the same name as the other ‘new iPad’ which came out last Spring. So what will the first ‘new iPad’ be called? Will this newer ‘new iPad’ be called the ‘new new iPad’ or ‘the all-new iPad’? Most sites are speculating they’ll simply call it ‘iPad 4th generation’, but I’ll leave that for the iFreaks to figure out… I’ve already got a headache. Anyway, here’s what the ‘iPad 4th gen’ will consist of -
* [SAME] Exact same display (size/resolution) and camera (5 megapixel iSight) as the previous iPad (iPad 3rd gen)
* [NEW] Lightning port connector (just like iPhone 5)
* [NEW] A6X processor, featuring 2 times the graphics performance of the previous A5X
* [SAME] Same battery life expectancy (~10 hours) as previous iPad
* [NEW] Features LTE connectivity for Sprint in the US and EE in the UK
* Pricing for the iPad 4th gen will also remain the same as it was with the previous-gen iPad.
Essentially, the new iPad is as much of an upgrade to the previous iPad as the iPhone 5 was to the iPhone 4S. Some may argue that it’s less of one, being that the iPhone 5 grew a tad in terms of height. Otherwise, it’s the same old deal as the last time. Same iPad you love with newer software and a step-up with faster hardware. Not to mention, the new ‘Lightning’ port which screws current iPad owners of using their current accessories… unless they buy a $30 adapter from Apple. Gotta love it, eh?
So, what about that other iPad they mentioned?
So, they just took the new iPad… and shrinked it. (image courtesy of The Verge)
Like the Internet rumors have been swirling for a while… Apple had also announced their new, smaller, but-still-very-much-the-same iPad mini. What can you expect in the iPad mini? Take almost everything I mentioned above, but change the following -
* Apple A5 processor, same as in the iPhone 5
* No ‘Retina’ display, but same 1024×768 resolution as iPad 2
Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same deal in a smaller package. Same battery life, same LTE connectivity, same ‘Lightning’ port, same camera, mostly the same as the iPad 4th gen that I mentioned above. Pricing for the iPad mini begins at $329 for the 16GB WiFi model ($429/32GB, $529/64GB) and models with LTE begin at $459. So start saving those pennies once again, kids. So what did we learn today? Like the title of this post says, Apple released more of the SAME. In other words…