The New iPad(3) and all of its glory! Part 1:Hardware

The rumors have rung true! The new iPad (3) is coming and boy is it going to be a delight! While the iPad may not look completely different on the outside, it is a completely different beast under the hood. Much of the speculation over the last few months have been spot on! So now the breakdown of the iPad (3). First the display, since that has been one of the biggest controversies in the debates. The iPad will have 2048 x 1536 resolution making it a true Retina display. That type of display on a 9,7 inch screen is absolutely mind-blowing. Something only Apple could pull off. So naturally having a display of this caliber requires a little more power to support such a masterful display. The new processor is called the A5X which is a quad-core GPU processor with a dual-core CPU. So the graphics are really given a step-up on the new iPad. With just these two upgrades I am already sold but this is just the beginning. These two features are going to be the biggest selling points of this iPad, no doubt about it!

  • The new iPad will also feature LTE models. (LTE is a newer wireless technology that is (eventually) going  to take the place of 3G and is being tested in cities throughout the country and is supported by AT&T and Verizon in the US and by Rogers, Bell, and Telus in Canada.)

  • Moving on we come to the new and improved camera.  The camera on the iPad has (finally) been updated to 5 megapixels on the back and 2 megapixels on the front.  The camera technology used inside the iPad is quite similar to the iPhone 4S, which  has a backside illuminated sensor, 5 element lens, IR filter, and ISP (Image Signal Processing) built into the slate’s new A5X processor. A bunch of additional features have been added to the camera as well including auto exposure, auto focus, and built-in face detection, presumably to help sort through photos by faces in new photo management software (like iPhoto). Also, the new iPad will have the capability to shoot video at 1080p! 1080p seems to be showing up everywhere today which I feel signals that the rumors of an Apple Television is quite possible later this year.

 

  • The pricing and storage capacity will stay the same as earlier models with the 16 GB wifi model starting at $499 and coming in either black or white.

So these are just the hardware specs. Another article will be up shortly covering all the software details. iOS 5.1 is out but isn’t as exciting as one might think. Unless, you live in Japan then Siri is heading your way in your native tongue. So  are you thinking about pre-ordering? Tell us in the comments below. If you want to check out the

FYI: The reason for calling it the New iPad and not the iPad 3 is because Apple did not once call it the iPad 3 during it’s Keynote and so I have refrained from stating it as such but put it parentheses so you knew it was the newest model coming out.

Sources: [Verge] [Apple]

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Apple TV Refresh Is Real! (Apple Event)

The new Apple TV refresh is not surprising since 90% of stores did not have them stocked anymore. So the interface definitely got revamped and has much more of an iOS feel. Over at theverge.com we see these screenshots.

                                                                              New Interface

The new Apple TV will also support 1080p video and will stay at it’s current price of $99. I personally think the new interface is a lot more pleasing visually but we shall see how it works in the following weeks.

Sources: [Joshua Topolsky] [Apple]

My thoughts on the Whole SOPA Debacle and What It Could Mean.

As many of you know today has been a big day in the fight against the bill know as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) which in reality (could) affect the state of the internet and the way it runs and operates. While yes, fighting online piracy is something to be admired it can and should be done in a way that does not hurt other websites and citizens by having such harsh consequences. A tweet that has been floating around as of late that speaks volumes as to what I am trying to illustrate.

Does this really seem fair? In essences all the YouTube videos that have songs playing in the background would be illegal and punishable by law. If this Bill passes it will forever change the way we browse and interact with the web. Articles have been popping up all over the web about what this will mean.  An article by LifeHacker explains the Bill and how YOU can help  prevent it from going into effect.  Another article by CNET shows the effects of the Bill on you and answers a lot of questions that people have about the Bill. Reading through the Bill is an arduous task I don’t ask you to endure, I tried but the wording of the Bill made it treacherous and hard to decipher but you can rest assured when reading those two articles that this threat is imminent. It is something that will forever change the way we view the Word Wide Web.
So will you do your part to help? Here is one of the few ways you can help. Visit www.americancensorship.org   and follow the directions to help stop these two bills from censoring the internet. Piracy is something to fight but these bills have more power then than that, so join with others to keep our internet a free place!  For the PEOPLE and by the PEOPLE , that is how it should always be!
Update:  Some of the senators that original co-supported have stood down but the Texas senator who is the biggest advocate still supports it.
Sources: [CNET : LifeHacker ]

Zephyr Gesture Tweak Updated in Cydia.

Zephyr created by Grant Paul (Chpwn) is a cool concept designed to  take the iPad’s gesture baseboard and port it to other iDevices. I love it and had been waiting for some to take on this task, Chpwn to the rescue! The new updates take it too a whole new level. The updates include multi-finger swiping up and down to access backgrounded applications. Swiping left and right on the screen while in applications opens previous applications  just like the iPad! To see these great features in-use check out Chpwn’s video on his YouTube channel. At the start $2.99 seemed a little much for a minimal tweak such as this but Chpwn has done an incredible job and it is easily worth the money! To be able to access applications at a flick of the fingers is so handy!

Sources:[iDownloadBlog] [Chpwn]

            

CallBar 1.0 Hitting Cydia Shortly!

They’ve done it folks! CallBar 1.0 has been released! The great guys behind this awesome application are Elias (insert) and Joshua Tucker who developed the look and did all the documentation while Elias did all the coding and implementing! These guys make a great team and make an application that goes above and beyond what many have thought possible. Now to get to the meat of the article. This application is the best for quickly dismissing calls of all kinds. Some of the great benefits of the app is being able to be in a different application and being able to quickly decline a message without having to have an annoying pop-up block the call. It would come up as a banner message and all I then have to do is hit accept or decline. It works the same for Skype and other similar services. I recommend this to anyone who has lots of incoming calls because it makes it much more efficient and doesn’t waste RAM and is a solid tweak without glitches. I would have to say it is something that should have been created by Apple themselves.

 

The documentation for CallBar can be found here.

 

Sources : [joshmtucker][iDownloadBlog]