New iPad Australian Details Confirmed – No 4G

  • 4G band doesn’t fit with Australia
  • Retina display offer 4x pixels of iPad2
  • Pricier than US versions

Apple launched the ‘iPad 3’ in San Francisco this morning, with a few interesting feature, but nothing earth-shattering like we have become used to over the past four years.

Features of the tablet features new Retina display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight camera with optics for capturing photos and 1080p HD video.

However, even though there will be a 4G version available it won't work in Australia as Telstra, the only Telco that offers the spectrum uses the 1800Mhz band and the iPad 3 only works with 700Mhz and 2100Mhz bands.

The Retina display delivers four times the number of pixels of iPad 2, so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when held at a normal distanc. The 3.1 million pixels in the Retina display are more than one million more pixels than an HD TV, and with 44 percent increased colour saturation than in previous models. Movies are now capable of playing at full 1080p HD-resolution

Its A5X chip with quad-core graphics was designed to deliver a fast, responsive user experience while supporting the Retina display and is said to have double the graphics performance of the A5 chip

The 5 megapixel iSight camera features what are claimed to be advanced optics for taking pictures and recording full HD video. Backside illumination allows you to take  photos in low-light conditions and a new video image stabilisation feature removes the bumps and shakes seen when filming with a hand-held device. Images can be viewed on the large Retina display, then edited, enhanced and shared with friends and family using the built-in Photos app on iPad. 

iPad Wi-Fi + 4G with built-in next generation 4G LTE has the most comprehensive support for fast networks worldwide including HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA, and now both CDMA and GSM iPad users have the ability to easily roam internationally, with the exception of Australia whereby, currently, you won't be able to use it until the spectrum is freed up in 2013 when analogue switches off. Of course, Apple, could fix the inner mechanisms by making it compatible with Australia's 4G networks.

Its OS 5.1  operating system has a number of new features including: a redesigned Camera app with video stabilisation technology; the ability to delete photos from Photo Stream; support for dictation in English, French, German and Japanese; and Personal Hotspot. iOS 5.1 also works with iCloud, a set of free cloud services including iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that works with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content and push it to your devices. When content changes on one of your devices, your other devices are updated automatically.

It also supports dictation, a way to get things done using your voice. Instead of typing, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard, then say what you want to say and the new iPad listens. Tap done, and iPad converts your words into text. You can use dictation to write messages, take notes, search the web and more. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can update your Facebook status, tweet, or write Instagram captions.

Apple also introduced the iPhoto app, along with major updates to iMovie and GarageBand, completing its suite of iLife apps for iOS. iLife and the iWork apps, Pages, Keynot and Numbers®, have all been updated to take advantage of the new iPad Retina display. iPhoto includes multitouch features so you can use simple gestures to sort through hundreds of photos and find your best shots, enhance and retouch your images using fingertip brushes and share stunning photo journals with iCloud. iMovie now gives you the ability to create trailers as you record HD video. GarageBand introduces Jam Session, a new feature that allows a group of friends to wirelessly connect to play instruments and record music together live on their iOS devices.

iPad runs almost all of the over 585,000 apps available on the App Store, including more than 200,000 native iPad apps, from a wide range of categories, including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. The iTunes Store puts the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store at your fingertips. The new iBooks 2 app for iPad lets users experience an new kind of ebook. iBooks created with Apple’s new iBooks Author offer fullscreen ebooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, navigation and more.

RRP
16GB $539
32GB $649
64GB $759
Wifi + 4G 16GB $679
Wifi + 4G 32GB $789
Wifi + 4G 64GB $899

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