So, there you have it: a. The rumour mill in the run up to the announcement, but now we have all the details, how does it measure up to our expectations?
Firstly, the name foxed everyone. The device was widely expected to be named Ronseal school of product naming., then to reflect the minor spec upgrade, then recently was being touted to sell the retina display. But instead Apple went with simply 'new iPad'. Obviously its marketing team has gone to the
There was also word the new iPad would come packing an, though we debunked that one quite early on. Apple did boost the imaging skills though, , upping the camera to 5 megapixels and making it record in 1080p HD, on a par with the . But 8 megapixels would've been overkill.
The processor was widely expected to be the, though instead Apple introduced the , which was also rumoured. But it should handle games and movies with aplomb, seeing as it's rocking "quad-core graphics", although we don't exactly know what that means as yet.
was expected to make its debut on iPad, but while we got a voice dictation mode, the voice-activated personal assistant is conspicuous by its absence.
There was also talk of a, but we always knew that one was a little far-fetched. Apple specialises in making tried and tested tech more consumer-friendly, rather than adding gimmicks to its products. That didn't work out either, though we could see it towards the end of the year.
So that's what we didn't get, but what was as predicted? The, and was always a dead cert. A new iOS was also expected, and iOS 5.1 brings new features like a redesigned Camera app, the ability to delete snaps from Photo Stream, and lets your device work as a personal Wi-Fi hotspot. The iPad 2 is also staying on sale and dropping in price, .
, though Apple didn't announce plans for its . Maybe it'll do that along with its .
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