Kind of like that iPhone 4S announcement a few months back, the newest iPad got decent early reviews, but did not wow anyone. Basically, it looks the same, costs the same and has most of the same features -- check out our live blog for the complete rundown -- but everything just looks and works a bit better. Is that enough, though? It was for the iPhone 4S.
Just looking at it, the new iPad doesn't look any different than iPad 2, noted Business Insider Deputy Editor Nicholas Carlson.
The new iPad! It looks a lot like the old iPad! read.bi/AEMgoT— Nicholas Carlson (@nichcarlson) March 7, 2012
And, it's just what we expected adds Buzzfeed's tech site, @fwd.
The new iPad is the new iPad! c3424377.r77.cf0.rackcdn.com/apple-ipad-eve…— BuzzFeed FWD (@fwd) March 7, 2012
Even the name feels ... old, tweeted Gizmodo's Joe Brown.
So if they're just calling it the new iPad, then the iPad 2 is less advanced than the iPad. OK.— joemfbrown (@joemfbrown) March 7, 2012
But, the features are indeed better, especially that Retina display, says Endgadget's Tim Stevens over at their liveblog.
We're seeing zoomed in images to highlight the quality. Naturally what we can see so far looks amazing.
Gizmodo's Mario Aguilar seconds that on their liveblog.
That's 264 pixels per inch. Which is VERY MANY pixels.
It's the best out there, says The Week's Chris Gayomali.
If you stare directly into the new iPad's retina display it'll turn you into stone. Or at least all your other displays will look shitty.— Chris Gayomali (@chrisgayomali) March 7, 2012
The upgraded camera also makes things show up all pretty, adds Bits Blog's Nick Bilton.
The "new iPad" has a 5-megapixel camera. (The pictures look pretty amazing.)— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) March 7, 2012
Then again, who wants to use an iPad as a camera, questioned mystery tweeter @amaeryllis.
RT @amaeryllis: Good thing the new iPad has an improved camera because people look so cool holding up an iPad to take a photo.— daveweigel (@daveweigel) March 7, 2012
Also on the image front, iPhoto for iPad is also pretty nice, adds The New York Times' David Pogue.
Wow..iPhoto for iPad is very cool. Adds Photoshop-like painting tools, which iPhoto has never had--and you do it all with your fingers.— David Pogue (@Pogue) March 7, 2012
And, Stevens likes the more powerful A5X chip, but wishes Apple had upped the battery life.
Now we're talking about the quad-core A5X. "It makes everything you do feel real fast and smooth." But, still 10 hour battery life.
Wired's Tim Carmody likes the sounds of all of this enough to upgrade.
As someone who is in the market for both an iPad and an Apple TV, I am delighted with today's news.— Tim Carmody (@tcarmody) March 7, 2012
Reuters' Anthony De Rosa disagrees.
Nothing unexpected from Apple today and I don't see a huge need to upgrade to the new iPad reut.rs/A0y4ey— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) March 7, 2012
The stock market agrees with De Rosa.
Apple stock falling $APPL— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) March 7, 2012
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