Originally Posted by hdufour
LOL! I used my wifes CC to order mine. Mines maxed out from too many amazon headphone purchases I have/had a white 32gb iPad 2, but found that I didn't care for it for reading - hurt my eyes after a while...if i'm gonna look into the goodness of a retina display I want easy to read, so black it is this time...32gb wifi (i'm kinda cheap, but want storage). Now if only they would SHIP faster....and yes, already have a buyer for my iPad 2 - wife said she was happy with her current gen macbook air....surprised the hell outta me....
Just wait until the MacBook Air gets a retina display, and it will be the first laptop to get one. Bet she will want one then.
You think the black will be easier to read than the white? That's just the border. Or are you referring to the retina display, or both? I can't see a border being more distracting. Oddly, the iPad 2 was more popular in black but the white iPad 3 have been more popular in presales, with the 16 and 64GB AT&T models already showing a later ship date of March 19 (ships by, not delivers by. Surprisingly the 32GB model wasn't as popular this time, whereas it was the 2nd most popular with the iPad 2.) Perhaps the whites are selling faster because Apple made a point of highlighting it at the press event. They think it looks nicer, too, this time. Perhaps with the retina display it will. If not, I hope Apple will allow me to return it. Though I am quite used to a white frame because of my 4-5 year old 24" iMac at work. Actually, I would think it would be less intrusive if trying to read magazines or view photos.
I've always had black iDevices, so I figured this time I would try white. It looks really clean so I'm looking forward to it, plus fingerprints don't show up as easy on it. You just have to keep it free of dirt and grime.
They say the pixels are closer to the glass on this one, and that's good. Less parallax. Windows 8 was having a demo when they announced it, on a huge screen made by this company, I forget the name. The pixels were fused to the glass to eliminate any parallax, so when you swiped the screen it really felt like you were moving the page. I'm sure the iPad won't be that good, but maybe one day they'll be able to do that with a retina display.
One thing they didn't mention which is quite significant is that the battery is much bigger on the new iPad. All they said was that you get the same amount of battery life on the iPad 3 as the iPad 2, even with 4G.... but they didn't explain why. They should have, because it's quite impressive. The iPad 2 has a 6900 mAh battery, whereas the new iPad has an 11,600 mAh battery (if I remember correctly). That's quite an impressive feat considering the new iPad is only 8% heavier than the iPad 2. Did you know that 2/3 of the iPad's weight is the battery (so I've heard)?
Also of note, I've read that the 5 megapixel camera on the iPad actually has better optics and CCD than the 8 megapixel camera on the iPhone 4S. This shall be interesting to see, and I will report back on that since I'll have both. I'm just so furious at Apple for that 80's technology VGA FaceTime camera. It's pathetic and completely uncalled for. Both Wi-Fi and 4G can support realtime streaming of at least 1920x1080 (Full HD) so there's no excuse not to have a capable camera, along with an option to decrease resolution if desired. And where's FaceTime over 4G? Their previous excuse was that 3G couldn't handle it, even though it could have handled it just fine at 640x480. Now that 4G is here, what's the damn excuse? FaceTime is the one feature I use a lot with my family --- much more than Siri (and anyone will tell you FaceTime is much nicer on the iPad). This is really my only complaint with the new iPad (other than the name they gave it, which makes it really confusing for people who are trying to find out info about it on the web or order accessories for it). Apple's official ordering info shows it as "iPad (3rd generation)." The fact that they left out Siri and only included dictation was done on purpose, as a middle finger to the consumer. "You want Siri? Buy an iPhone. You want to use your iPad's data plan so you can tether your iPhone to it? Sorry, you have to have a separate data plan for your iPhone, but we'll let you tether it to another tablet, iPad, or laptop!" Another thing they so conveniently left out at the event is that the AT&T version DOES NOT SUPPORT MOBILE HOTSPOTS! Only Verizon does. AT&T says they plan to have it in the future, but as of now it's not available. Thanks, Apple. It would have been nice to know that BEFORE I ordered the AT&T version so I could have made an informed decision.
And you think it would be so hard for them to add an optical output to the headphone jack, like they do on the Mac Mini or laptops? They could figure it out how to make it fit. It's not that big. They won't though, because they want to sell Apple TVs. I think if they start releasing high-res audio on iTunes, it might be something they would consider.
I just bought a new router (in anticipation of the new iPad and for my iPhone and AppleTV) because my previous Linksys was horrible. In my rather small home I was always getting between 1-2 bars half the time and the other half the time complete drop outs, even if I was only 10-15 feet away from the router. Now I got this top model TP-Link TL-WR1043ND 300Mbps N Ultimate Gigabit router. It's only $50 (on Amazon) and ranks with the $200+ name brand models. It's really nice and has received great reviews. 3 antennas, zero drop outs, 3 bars all the time. Setting it up was a pain, as I kept losing signal to my computer but I finally got it stable. Wi-Fi was always strong though even from the beginning. I may keep the older gigabit Linksys N router to use solely as a hub to connect to my Blu-Ray player and AppleTV. It was $100 and works fine for wired connections but really sucks for Wi-Fi. I was getting stronger SSID signals from people down the street than in my own place. Now I'm shutting them out with these 3x3dBi antennas. Brain cancer, anyone?
My Roadrunner internet gives me between 16 and 21Mbps on average. It will be interesting to see how fast the AT&T 4G really is. It has a theoretical maximum of 72Mbps, but a real world average of around 8.5Mbps in southern California. I don't plan on activating the 4G though until I really need it, since I'm around Wi-Fi 98% of the time. (AT&T on 4G LTE is about 8.5Mbps down, 2 - 3Mbps up, on average in my area. Verizon 4G LTE is about 5Mbps down, 4.5Mbps up, on average in my area. Depending on whether download or upload speed is more important to you, each carrier has its benefits.) AT&T has the advantage of $30/3GB, whereas Verizon is $30/2GB. Pricing is the same on both for 5GB, and only Verizon offers 10GB.
I was reading that eventually 4G LTE will be a thing of the past and a form of mobile Wi-Fi will take it's place, in the next 3-5 years. The problem that needs working out is SSID hopping, instantaneously and without sending credentials each time. Once that infrastructure is in place data rates will come down in price and be more accessible to everyone. And of course, average speeds will be at least double 4G LTE, and up to 10-20x.
Edited by IPodPJ - 3/9/12 at 9:38pm