Jan 29

iPad Retina DisplayWith regard to the iPad 3, which is expected to be announced in a month or two, the only thing “known” about the tablet is that it will have a higher-resolution display than its predecessors. That said, there’s always been some question as to how much higher its resolution would be.

Most have assumed that the iPad 3’s display would simply be double that of the iPad and iPad 2: 2048×1536 rather than 1024×768.  And this seems to have been confirmed by new images included in Apple’s recently updated iBooks app. iBooks 2.0, which was announced and released last week, contains image files perfectly suited for a display of 2048×1536.

If this turns out to be the case, the iPad 3 would have a PPI in the 260 range.  This is considerably less than the iPhone 4’s 326 PPI, but that should be okay because the iPad’s screen is so much larger and is meant to be viewed from farther away. 

Apple has, as is its SOP, remained mute on the next-gen iPad.  So, take this new information for what it’s worth.

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Dec 19

HexaPose UStand iPad / iPad 2 StandLast year, I reviewed the InnoPocket HexaPose iPad stand.  This stand was designed for the original iPad, but did not fit the iPad 2, at least not well.  The replacement from InnoPocket, the newer HexaPose UStand, solves this problem with an altered design to accommodate not only both iPad models, but other 10-inch tablets as well.

There’s no need to go into a full review of the HexaPose UStand, as much of the original review still applies; however, there are some new features that warrant additional comment.

The UStand’s curved, aluminum base remains unchanged from the previous model.  What’s changed is the frame.

No longer plastic, the new UStand frame is aluminum.  It still has three vertical adjustments for optical viewing, and rotates to display your iPad in landscape or portrait mode.  And, rather than a fixed width, the new frame is adjustable.  

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Mar 02

Today Apple announced the iPad 2, the second tablet powered by the iOS. Aside from a 30% slimmer form factor and front and rear cameras, the new iPad is quite similar to its predecessor in design.

The iPad 2

Perhaps the biggest iPad 2 change is its processor; as guessed, the iPad 2 has a faster, dual-core A5 processor (clock-speed unknown).  Processing power is about twice that of the 1st Gen iPad, and graphics performance is said to be up to 9-times faster in some situations.  First-hand video shows the new A5 SoC to be quite speedy, from everything to normal tasks to games and video.  Presumably the RAM has also been bumped up from the current iPad’s 256MB, but this information was not published.  We’ll have to wait for a teardown to know more.

As also as previously suspected, the iPad 2 has two cameras, a front-facing camera for FaceTime video chats and a new app called Photo Booth, and a rear-facing camera for shooting photos and HD video.  A version of iMovie will be made available in the App Store for editing video shot on the iPad 2.

The iPad 2 with the Digital AV AdapterAs we predicted in January, the screen is not a Retina-class model; in fact, it remains unchanged, at least in terms of size and resolution, but the iPad 2’s multi-touch display is constructed in such a way that the image is closer to the surface glass, much like the iPhone 4.

There are no USB or SD card ports, but you can output video and other onscreen content by way of HDMI with an optional dongle called the Digital AV Adapter, which will set you back $40.  This will surely be a widely-used accessory in classrooms and meetings.

Available in Black or WhiteBattery life remains at 10 hours per charge, which is impressive given the bumps in processing and graphics power. 

The iPad 2 will be available with black or white faces (seen left) and with three unchanged internal storage capacities: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.  Each capacity will be sold in a Wi-Fi only version starting at $499 for 16GB and increasing by $100 for each storage bump, and Wi-Fi + 3G models for either AT&T or Verizon Wireless.  There are different Wi-Fi + 3G models for AT&T and Verizon, so you’ll need to decide which service you want to use before you purchase.  The 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G Model sells for $629 and increase by $100 for 32GB and another $100 for 64GB.

iOS 4.3 will debut alongside the iPad 2 (which ships running this version of the OS); updates will be made available for the iPhone 3GS and GSM iPhone 4, the current iPad, and late generation iPod touches.  Notable features include improved JavaScript performance in Safari, iTunes Home Sharing over Wi-Fi, and Personal Hotspot on the iPhone 4.

Pre-orders for the iPad 2 are not being accepted; Apple says they’ll start taking orders on March 11th, the same day the iPad 2 will arrive in Apple Stores.

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Feb 22

Last Year's iPad Press Event InvitationNext Wednesday may be the day all 2nd Generation iPad speculation ends. 

According to a new report posted at All Things Digital, a Wall Street Journal tech blog, Apple will announce the new version iPad (or iPads) on March 2nd in San Francisco.

Exactly how the iPad 2 will be different from the current model remains unclear, however it’s safe to assume that it will have both front-facing and rear cameras, a thinner design, and improved hardware such as an updated processor and more RAM.  Beyond that, new features are anyone’s guess, but at this point we’ve dismissed most of the rumors as wishful thinking, often bordering on the absurd.

We’ll keep you posted.

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Oct 23

The Pocket PC Central: iPhone Edition Hands-On InnoCase HexaPose Stand for iPad Review has been posted to the iPhone Edition Review Center.

HexaPose iPad Stand Review

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