Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

New Apple iPad and Apple TV

, posted: 8-Mar-2012 07:38

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In San Francisco this morning Apple have made a number of software and device announcements:

  1. iOS Update
    iOS 5.1 is available today. the biggest point of this release is the inclusion of Siri for the Japanese market.
  2. Apple TV
  3. New Apple TV offers 1080p video (previous Apple TV offered only 720p), launches March 16. No change in price.
  4. New iPad
    Uses the A5X CPU chip, quad core graphics processing, high resolution 'retina' display (2048x1536), voice dictation features, Dual 3G and 4G LTE network support (in some versions), tethering/hotspot feature (like iPhone), 9.4mm thick, weighs 635g, improved camera including 1080p video recording, 5mp still images, autofocus.
    Available from March 16 in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK. Apple has confirmed availability by end of March in NZ.
    US pricing: Wi-FI US$499+tax for 16GB, $599+tax for 32GB, $699+tax for 64GB. 3G/4G: 16GB US$629+tax, 32GB $729+tax and 64GB $829+tax
  5. iTunes in the Cloud
    Now support movies and TV programme syncing.
  6. iPhoto for iPad
    This new version of iPhoto allows image manipulation and editing on the iPad

As usual Apple used a graph  to show off their success. In this case they were showing how the total sales of the iPad were more than the number of PCs sold by HP (or any other individual PC vendor) during the last financial quarter. Apple also highlights there are now over 200,000 apps that are designed specifically for the iPad.

Apple also showed off a number of news apps - Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy (flight simulator), a called Infinity Blade: Dungeons and Autodesk SketchBook Ink (similar to SketchBook Express currently shipping with the Windows 8 Consumer preview).

Apple has advised that iOS 5.1 and iTunes 10.6 are available today in New Zealand. iPhoto, iMovie 1.3 and GarageBand 1.2 are available today for NZ$6.49 each from the App Store (www.itunes.com/appstore). Keynote 1.6, Pages 1.6 and Numbers 1.6 are available today for NZ$13.99 each from the App Store. Existing customers customers can get the updates for free. 

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