In a word – Yes! You’ve heard of the old adage – ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’, well, the iPad2 certainly wasn’t broken but Apple have made some amazing changes and updates that have now virtually guaranteed it top spot in the tablet market. The display is sharper, performance is faster, the camera has been updated and there are now extra features. We are going to run through the main changes here but if you want to view them all, click onto the main Apple website.
The display now has 4 times more pixels than the original iPad2 which means razor-sharp text and gorgeous, richer colours. The Retina display is the hub of the iPad; everything you do is through its large, beautiful display. So it figures that when the display is better, the entire iPad experience is better. The Retina display on the new iPad2 features a 2048×1536 resolution, this is an increase of 44 per cent greater colour saturation and an astounding 3.1 million pixels, all in the same 9.7-inch space. That’s four times the number of pixels in the iPad2 and a million more than an HDTV. Those pixels are so close together, your eyes can’t discern individual ones at a normal viewing distance.
Now with the new and powerful A5X chip, featuring quad-core graphics that drives four times the pixels of iPad2, the new iPad2 still gets an amazing 10 hours of battery life. The Retina display needs a chip of this strength to power every one of the 3.1 million pixels in the display. And its quad-core graphics processing makes everything you do on iPad feel incredibly responsive. From the little things like swiping, scrolling and pinching to the big things like editing photos in the new iPhoto, applying filters and transitions in iMovie and, of course, playing games. Flash storage means that whenever you want to use your iPad you can. Each time you press the Home button or open the Smart Cover, it’s ready to go. Instantly. It’s fast and reliable, so you can get to your apps and do whatever you need to do, in an instant.
This 5-megapixel iSight camera, designed with advanced optics, lets you shoot gorgeous photos and 1080p HD video. Featuring a backside illumination sensor that captures great-looking pictures whether by sunlight or candlelight, autofocus, tap to focus and tap to set exposure functions mean every photo you take instantly becomes a frame-worthy gem. Plus it comes with built-in face detection that automatically balances focus and exposure across up to 10 faces. And with automatic video stabilisation, your recording is bump and shake free, which is a huge advantage when you’re out and about. The iSight camera has advanced optics to give you the best picture possible. With an ƒ/2.4 aperture and a five-element lens, it captures light efficiently to produce a sharper overall image. And the hybrid infrared filter (which you’ll find in expensive SLR cameras) keeps out harmful IR light for more accurate, uniform colours.
And that’s not all. Say you want to write an email, send a text, search the web, create a note or tweet a thought. Now you can do it all with just your voice. Instead of typing, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard then say what you want to say while your iPad listens. Tap Done and, just like that, your spoken words become written words. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can do things like update your Facebook status.
The new iPad2 – from £399 available to pre-order here with delivery after March 18th.