Tech Connection: The new iPad: worth the upgrade?

By James Crowell
March 14, 2012

For the past three years, Apple Inc. has released a line of tablet computers that have become wildly popular with the general public since its April 2010 launch.

This year was no different, as Apple announced the release of the third generation iPad with a release slated for Friday, March 16. The biggest new aspect of the new iPad is an extremely high-resolution display, featuring a 2048-by-1536 resolution screen with 3.1 million pixels in the same 9.7-inch space as the previous iPad models.

Many individuals have considered the Apple iPad just “a big iPhone.” This is true, yet the iPad is much more versatile than some believe. The new iPad has a 5-megapixel rear facing camera, the ability to connect to 4G LTE networks and the new A5X CPU chip with quad-core graphics.

All in all, the new iPad has quite a lot of new features and it can be said that the third generation iPad is worth upgrading to if you have an iPad now. It is easily the biggest tech gadget of 2012.

Media reaction to the iPad has been generally positive. Time Magazine ranked the iPad as one of the 50 Best Inventions of the Year 2010. However, soon after the iPad was released, CNET and Gizmodo released a list of omitted features and lack of any support for Adobe Flash was chief among them. Ars Technica also noted the similarity between the iPad and Star Trek’s fictional PADD tablet computer, both in name and functionality.

The late Steve Jobs, founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., was the primary champion of the iPad, even coming out of his medical leave to debut the iPad 2 last year. His creative vision brought the iPad from the drawing board to the hands of millions of users worldwide.  Many consumers have praised the iPad for its ease of use and ability to enable many “technophobes” to be able to interact with a computer for the first time.

I strongly believe the new iPad will become a huge seller in the coming months just as many past Apple products such as the iPhone and iPod.

 

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James Crowell

Senior com major at Cabrini College. Technical Director for LOQation. On-Air personality on WYBF-FM. Past News editor for The Loquitur, 2011-12. Passion for videography, tech news & quantum mechanics. Follow me @JamesCrowellJr

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