Did Apple's New iPad Announcements Thrill or Bore You?

By Kat Hannaford on at

If I'm entirely honest, the only thing that truly upset me tonight was that my bottle of cider went warm before I could finish it. But what about you? Did the iPad 3 (sorry, sorry, new iPad) reduce you to tears of frustration, or perhaps the new Apple TV (1080peeee!) send shivers down your spine? Mouth off below.

Just in case you need a refresher, this is what was announced tonight:

 

New 1080p Apple TV

On sale March 16th for £99, the new Apple TV streams movies in 1080p, and even includes a movie-suggesting Genius, alongside a shiny new UI.

 

New iPad 3

Call it whatever you want -- we'll call it the "new iPad 3" for that obvious google-powerz, it's got a retina display with 264 pixels per inch; a new A5X processor with quad-core graphics module; a new 5-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of shooting 1080p...oh, and it's a shade thicker than the iPad 2, too. On sale March 16th, for £399 for the 16GB model; £479 for the 32GB model, and £559 for the 64GB model.

 

New A5X Processor

The dual-core CPU and quad-core GPU chipset is apparently twice as fast as the Tegra 3 chipset, according to Apple.

 

Retina Display for New iPad Has 1,000,000 More Pixels Than HDTV

The iPad 2's display had a 1024×768 resolution. The new iPad 3? 2048 x 1536. Find out more details about that super-clear screen here.

 

Will the New iPad's 4G Work Here In the UK?

There's a lot of confusion over whether the new iPad will launch with 4G here in the UK, considering we're getting the first commercial roll-out of the network later this year. We drill into the subject.

 

A Cheaper iPad 2

The iPad 2 is still on sale, but for £70 less. Personally, I'd rather stump up the extra cash for that better display, but if you're really not that bothered, it'll cost £329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, and £429 for Wi-Fi+3G.

 

iWork and iLife Apps

iWork apps (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) and iLife apps (iMovie and GarageBand) have been updated, with the iWork apps still costing £6.99, and iLife just £2.99. Also joining iLife is the new iPhoto app, which turns the iPad’s standard Photos app into a mobile version of Photoshop Elements.

 

New iPad 3 Against the Rest

How does the new iPad 3 hold up against the current leading tablets? We've got a handy comparison tablet table right here. Tablet table. Table. Tablets. Tabletssss.

 

iTunes 10.6

Available to download later today.

 

iOS 5.1

iOS 5.1 brings with it improved battery management, new Siri languages support, and better Photostream features.

 

iPad Meta Hands-On

We weren't invited to the iPad event because, err, Apple still doesn't like us. But plenty of other sites did, and here's what they had to say.

 

New Apple logo?

Has the Apple logo...changed?

 

Watch the Apple Keynote Video Here

Relive all of tonight's announcements (or go and lie down instead, we won't judge you) over on Apple's site.

 

...Now, Over to You...

But over to you now. What will you be buying, if anything? What specs were you hoping to see, but left you looking like this? Let us know in the comments below. The most passionate argument wins a random piece of junk from my desk (spoiler: it'll be a leftover bag of Percy Pigs from tonight, plus a pair of these Sennheiser headphones. In pink. Mother's Day is coming up, don't forget...)

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