Thursday, March 08, 2012

New iPad launch: it's a 'revolution', but do I really need one?

Apple says it is redefining the tablet with the launch of the 'revolutionary' new iPad – but it's not an iPad3.

At the first launch event in San Francisco since the death of Steve Jobs, Apple bosses Paul Schiller and Tim Cook said the tablet would have the "best mobile display that has ever shipped. It is a revolution".

Graphics will be sharper on the 9.7in screen because it uses a high resolution Retina Display with more pixels than a 50in HD TV.

The camera is improved – to 5MB – video will be 1080p high definition and other features include Voice Dictation.

The new iPad sounds exactly like something I do not need, especially as it uses 4G wireless technology, which will not be available in the UK for at least a year.

My combination of the original iPad plus an iPhone 4Gs – which is brilliant – works well enough for me. I already have voice dictation, and a 5MB camera on a big tablet is unnecessary to a photographer who carries around two cameras which pack more power and quality.

If I were buying again, I would go for the iPad2 and, of course, the iPhone 4Gs.

The new iPad is expected to be available in the UK from March 16, costing £399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version. The iPad2 is being reduced to £329 for the basic version.

CNN review of the launch


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