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Entries in new ipad (2)

Saturday
Mar242012

New iPad Power Indicator Inaccurate- How could it Get Any Worse?

We already reported on the many complaints of the iPad 3's battery that Apple reported as being the same or better than the last, although might be true, does not make the battery experience of the 3rd Generation iPad any better.

Having to power the A5X Chip and its powerful new retina display the battery life is reduced to that of the iPad 2. But that's not the problem. It's the charging. We did tests that showed that it could take 7 hours to charge your iPad 3's battery but it turns out it's even worse than that. On top of all the other issues (see video below) the iPad 3's battery indicator is falsely displaying a full charge with it allegedly taking another 2 hours and 11 minutes to fully charge the device.

This was found out by the famous display expert, Raymond Soneira who you might remember from our Retina Display video. He did extensive testing on the display and in turn discovered this disturbing fact about Apple's latest iDevice. 

At 2:00 hours after reporting 100% charge, the new iPad hardware started to reduce the charging power. At 2:10 the recharging cycle fully terminated with a sharp decrease in power. The new iPad battery is truly fully recharged 2 hours and 10 minutes after prematurely reporting on screen that it was fully charged.

He said not to fear though, Apple should release an iOS update containing the fix soon to a phenomenon not just exclusive to the new iPad, with it being found on many Android tablets as well. 

UPDATE: Apple released a statement saying that the inaccurate battery reading is intentional and that it is just a safety measure to protect the battery. They say that every iDevice has this but it is more noticeable on the 3rd Generation iPad because of the considerably larger battery. Battery experts have confirmed this, an event which they call "battery leaking". This happens when a device with a rechargeable battery hits full charge, drains a little (in this case to about 95%) and then charges up again. This "wash, rinse, repeat" cycle is made to protect the battery of these devices, including the iPad 3.

So what does this mean? Well, you won't have to wait any longer to charge your battery. It looks like Soneira should stick to what he's good at, displays. But this doesn't take away from the fact that you still have to wait a cool 7 hours to charge your battery, which is ridiculous when compared to other devices!

Thursday
Mar082012

Apple Introduces 'The New iPad' with Retina Display, A5X Chip, LTE, 5-MP Rear Camera

Apple introduced the new iPad today, still unnamed. Comeing with a "breathtaking" retina display (when held from 15) of 2048 x 1536 Apple says that it is "redefining the category that Apple created". At 264 pixels per inch, the new display is considered Retina quality with indistinguishable pixels. 

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Featuring an A5X system-on-chip with quad-core graphics, the Retina display offer 44% greater color saturation than its predecessor. All of Apple's stock apps have been optimized for the new ultra-high resolution display and existing apps from third-party developers will be automatically scaled up with text rendered for the new resolution. With additional work, developers can also optimize their entire apps for the new display. 


On the camera front, the updated iPad features a 5-megapixel rear camera with advanced optics very similar to those found in the 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 4S. 1080p video recording is also supported. Voice dictation as found on the iPhone 4S is also included. 

New iPad puts the camera back in focus: 5 MP sensor, AF lens, 1080p video



Cellular-capable models of the new iPad also support 4G LTE as had been rumored by multiple sources. Supporting data speeds of up to 21 Mbps on HSPA+, 42 Mbps on dual-carrier HSPA+, and 73 Mbps on LTE, the new iPad offers a significant improvement in cellular data capabilities. LTE partners include AT&T and Verizon in the United States and Rogers, Telus, and Bell in Canada. Due to differences in frequency bands, AT&T and Verizon support will require separate models. 



On the battery life front, the new iPad offers the same levels as before: 10 hours on Wi-Fi or 9 hours on 4G LTE. As for the device's size, it comes it a scant 0.6 mm thicker than the iPad 2 at 9.4 mm thick, and weighs 1.4 pounds versus the 1.33-pound iPad 2. 

Pricing remains as before at $499/$599/$699 for Wi-Fi models and $629/$729/$829 for 4G LTE models, with capacities coming in at 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB. The new iPad launches on March 16 in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia. 

Apple will also continue to offer the 16 GB iPad 2 in both Wi-Fi ($399) and Wi-Fi + 3G ($529) models.