Before the clock strikes 12, the new iPad is now ready for online orders at the Apple Store. As expected, there’s no change of pricing compared to the previous iPad 2 with the 16GB WiFi version going for RM1,499.
For the 4G + WiFi version, although the 4G band is not supported in Malaysia, it still supports the usual 3G networks here with micro-SIM. The extra difference is the support for HSPA+ with download speeds up to 42Mbps which is currently supported by U Mobile. Of course, availability of higher speeds depend on actual coverage with HSPA+.
If you don’t want to spend on the latest, you still can order the iPad 2 which is priced at RM1,199 for the 16GB WiFi or RM1,599 for the 16GB 3G version. 32GB and 64GB models are no longer available online.
To order the new iPad at the comfort of your home, head over to the Apple Store.
UPDATE: New iPad now available with similar pricing from RM1,499 for 16GB WiFi.
This is it. If you’re anticipating for the high resolution new iPad, your wait is finally over as Apple has announced 20th April 2012 as the official availability for Malaysia and other 11 countries including South Korea and Brunei. Our neighbouring Thailand will be getting theirs the following Friday on 27th April.
Pricing wise we don’t expect deviation from the current RM1,499 starting price for the 16GB WiFi version. As for the 4G + WiFi version, although it isn’t fully supported in Malaysia, we believe it will still make an entrance considering it supports 3G and HSPA+ speeds up to 42Mbps.
The new iPad isn’t a huge leap forward compared to the previous version apart from the high resolution screen, faster processor and improved 5MP camera. The new version is slightly thicker and heavier but it shouldn’t be that noticeable. If being the latest isn’t a priority, you can snap the iPad 2 from the Apple Online Store from just RM1,199 while stocks last.
So anyone going to queue up on Thursday night? Hopefully no grandmas queuing this time.
When the new iPad was revealed, Samsung had thrown pot shots by having a comparison of their own. Obviously it wasn’t that fair as it left out other aspects of the hardware. To find out which is better on paper, we have laid down the details on a comparison table above.
In terms of display, the new iPad is much superior with its higher 2048×1536 resolution that gives a density of 264ppi. While it is no way near its iPhone 4 Retina display density, it trumps even the latest crop of HD Android tablets of 224-226 ppi. The processor of the new iPad 2 is still running dual-core but comes with an improved quad core GPU and double the amount of RAM compared to the outgoing model.
While the new iPad is thicker by 0.6mm, the battery capacity is tremendously increased to 42.5 Wh which is nearly double of the iPad 2′s 25 Wh. That’s approximately 11,666mAh which is heaps more than most tablets in the market right now. Having to support 4G LTE, battery life is definitely a concern and it is good to know that the new iPad has bumped up the battery capacity to maintain its 10 hour battery life. However in terms of weight, the new iPad seems to be the heaviest among the lot.
With current line up, the new iPad with its high resolution screen is looking like hot choice right now but perhaps not for long. Earlier, it is rumoured that Samsung is working on a 11.6″ tablet that would be powered by its 2GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 processor. The new Exynos is capable of pushing 2560×1600 display resolution which is higher the new iPad. Samsung is better known for developing new models rapidly and their recent abstinence from churning out high end models is probably a strategic move to see what their competitors are up to. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was redesigned after the iPad 2 was introduced.
2011 was a big year for Android tablets but the iPad still manages to maintain its dominant spot for tablets. For 2012, it is no longer a battle between iOS and Android, as Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet is expected to shake things up. The early previews have created some excitement and it is interesting to see if the final product is able to live up to its expectation.
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UPDATE: We compared the new iPad with other tablets. View the comparison here.
Samsung has published a comparison table that highlights why its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, announced at MWC last month, is better for content creation than the new iPad. The Korean company is banking on its tablet’s ability to work with two apps simultaneously on one screen as well as its unique S-Pen stylus input to entice users.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes pre-installed with a number of apps developed by Samsung that allows users two run two apps side by side on one screen. Third party apps can offer the same functionality as well so long as the apps support the Google instancing API that enables this side-by-side feature.
In addition, the Galaxy Note 10.1 also features a Wacom digitizer and a pressure sensitive stylus that is superior to your average capacitive stylus that’s sold by third party manufactures as an accessory for the iPad.
Interestingly, the table doesn’t highlight some of the advantages the new iPad has over the Galaxy Note 10.1, namely the much higher screen resolution and the updated A5X SoC featuring a new quad-core GPU (though the Galaxy Note 10.1 is rocking a 1.4Ghz dual-core processor while the new iPad is powered by a 1Ghz unit).
So what do you think, which one’s better?
The full 85-minute new iPad presentation is now available for viewing here. If you have the time, we do recommend you take a look at it. If you don’t have an hour and twenty minutes to spare, you can check out the super compressed 90 second version here.
With a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels the Retina Display on the new iPad packs four times more pixels than the iPad 2. Not only that, with a total pixel count of 3.1 million pixels, the new iPad’s Retina Display has one million extra pixels than a 1080p HDTV (1920 x 1080). When viewed at a distance of 10-inches — Apple considers this as the normal viewing distance – the individual pixels are indistinguishable from one another and by that definition the display on the new iPad is able to carry the Retina Display moniker. We have a problem with Apple’s definition but we’ll save that argument for a later date.
In this post we’ll just share with you a side-by-side comparison of the iPad 2’s standard 1024 x 768 pixels uploaded by AnandTech. Take a look at the icon comparison after the jump. Immediately you can see that the bump in pixels makes a world of a difference and that’s going to pull a lot of “oohs” and “aahs”.
Still pictures can only show you so much, to really see if the new iPad’s Retina Display is all that, we’ll have to wait for the official Malaysian launch to experience it for ourselves. Unfortunately, we don’t have a firm indication on when that will happen. We’re shooting for March 16 at the same time as Singapore but this is purely speculation at the moment.
Didn’t stay up in the wee hours of the morning to catch the new iPad announcement? No time to sit down and watch the full 85 minute presentation? We’ve got just the solution for you. Here’s a 90 second recap of the highlights from yesterday’s announcement, just perfect for your lunch time viewing. Enjoy!
First, watch the video. Done? Ok good. Now awe in amazement knowing the fact that that video was made entirely using iMovie on the iPad. It’s amazing what such a simple device can do. Just think, if a novice can crack a decent quality video edit, imagine what a pro can do with the the iPad. The possibilities are indeed limitless.
And if you consider that 48 hours of videos are uploaded on YouTube every minute, you can see how the iPad with the new iMovie makes a compelling case for consumers. Videos are the next frontier in user generated content and the new iPad, with its quad-core graphics performance, the 5MP camera with backlit sensor and enhanced optics, and the updated iMovie, is primed to make the most out of this surging trend. Imaging shooting a concert in 1080p, editing it right after and uploading it immediately when you’re done. Or imagine a roving reporter shooting, editing and uploading the content right from the field. Imagine the advantages and potential.
More and more people are uploading videos online and even more want to make their videos look good. Similarly, these same people don’t want the fuss, complication and cost normally associated with full editing suite.
Apple’s combination of easy to use yet immensely powerful software and the gratification of being able to create amazing user generated content so quickly and easily on an intuitive device like the iPad will be the biggest pulling factor for consumers to hit Apple stores come launch day.
In yesterday’s iPad announcement Tim Cook said “Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t create on an iPad”, we can certainly agree with what he said. While we still think that there is still very little to get excited about with the new iPad, overall Apple has once again shown why it is unbeatable in the tablet market segment.
With the iPad and easy to use yet amazingly powerful apps like iMovie, Apple has created the perfect marriage of software, operating system, applications and cloud solutions that all work seamlessly together to give the user a simple yet immensely rewarding and satisfying experience.
And this, ladies and gentlemen is why the new iPad doesn’t need to be revolutionary, because as it is right now, it’s already perfect.
Check out the first of what will surely be a series of commercials for the new iPad. The focus is on the new iPad’s 2048 x 1536 pixel Retina Display and that’s pretty much expected as the new display will be a key selling point and one of the most visually dramatic and appealing feature when you first pick up the new iPad.
With a high definition display, improved graphic performance and an improved 5MP camera that can shoot 1080p videos, the new iPad brings enough improvements to bring the masses by the droves to Apple stores to get one but for us we expected much more. The “resolutionary” new iPad brings welcomed improvements to Apple’s iconic tablet but it is by no means the game changer that it used to be.
The iPad will still dominate the tablet market. Nothing on other tablet right now offer a more complete user experience. If anyone asks us which tablet to get, we’d still point them to the direction of the nearest Apple store but the same time we’d tell them to keep an eye on the horizon because the next big thing in tablets might be coming from somewhere unexpected.
What do you think about the new iPad? Yeah or meh? iPad 2 owners, will you make the move? Share your thoughts in the comments section.