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Should you buy the new iPad?

Here’s what you need to know about whether to buy the latest iPad


Posted March 8, 2012 by Shawn "Doc Rock" Boyd

This is a special iPad announcement wrap-up episode of our “Nonstop Tech Podcast, produced by the Nonstop Tech team.

In an earlier post, my buddy Tim Chaten (@Tchaten) and I gave a rundown of what we thought would happen at Wednesday’s Apple announcement at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Now, after all the fanfare, here’s what you need to know to make a good purchasing decision regarding the new iPad and Apple TV.

The Nonstop Tech team is in agreement that the new iPad is a great purchase if you’re upgrading from iPad 1 or don’t have an iPad. @JeromeKoehler and I believe it’s a must-buy as an upgrade to the iPad 2 if you’re into media creation or consumption, especially photos and video. However, @TChaten advises iPad 2 owners to hold out until the next revision.

We all love Apple deciding to drop the version numbers from the name, although many of us will likely say “iPad 3″ when speaking of the latest version.

In the middle of all the points was a feature dear to my heart — Siri, Apple’s intelligent digital assistant now speaks and understands Japanese. I could not wait to try it, so here’s a quick preview video of Siri using Japanese language input. It turns out she still has a little bit of an attitude even in Nihongo.

If you have other questions regarding the iPad or any other tech questions, please leave them in the comment field. We love to give tech advice.

The new iPad (we may still say iPad 3)

the new iPad

  • Retina Display at 2048 X 1536 pixels
  • Quadcore graphics card A5X
  • iSight Camera
  • Voice Dictation
  • 4G LTE
  • Called “The new iPad”
  • Bluetooth 4

Other Hardware

New Apple TV

  • 1080p Output
  • New operating system available for 2nd Generation and the new Apple TV

Operation System

iOS 5.1

  • Siri now understands Japanese!
  • Swipe up to access camera from the lock screen.
  • 50 MB download limit via cellular data vs the 20 MB that it used to allow.
  • Better facial recognition.

Applications

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Comments


  1. jlieu
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Thanks guys for helping me make this decision! Im not in the position to spend lots of money you have convinced me! :D 

  2. tchaten
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm

     @jlieu Great meeting you yesterday – thanks for welcoming me to Hawaii :) – hope to see you around the Greenhouse more. What iPad are you going with or not going with? 

  3. Posted March 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm

     @jlieu Thanks for coming by J-Boggie and thanks for always support our efforts

  4. Jerome Koehler
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 8:37 am

     @jlieu Glad you are jumping on the bandwagon too!  Did you get your preorder in? :)

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About Shawn "Doc Rock" Boyd

Raised on the East Coast, Doc came to Hawaii soon after graduating high school. Doc has been involved in technology since getting his first set of tools as a Christmas present at age 5. Since climbing out from behind the Genius Bar at Apple you now will most likely find Doc waxing rhapsodically on the virtues of saké, good food, soccer, super-cars and camera gear.

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