Editorial Hardware

iPad 3rd Generation Retina Display

There has been a lot of talk recently about the new iPad and how good the screen is.  As someone who has had the iPad 2 for a while and is now a new iPad owner, the difference is subtle but quite nice.  Everything is crisp and much easier to read.  Graphics have no visible pixels.  It is similar to having changed from the iPhone 3GS to iPhone 4 (or iPhone 4S).  Having said that, there are a few times so far where the higher-res screen isn’t nice.  Like looking at those wallpapers I’d downloaded previously that are now pixellated, or looking at apps that haven’t yet migrated to the new Retina display.  However, these are minor and the pros outweigh the cons.

So, how clear is the new screen?  Well it’s really not something you can actually tell via a picture of them side by side – you really have to see it in person.  However, the images below should help to give a perspective.  The images below are of the first 250 pixel x 250 pixel block of the screen.  First is the iPad 2, second is the new iPad.

As my wallpaper is a grid you can easily tell it is four times the size of the original (double in both the x and y axis equates to four times) iPad and iPad2 resolutions.


The new iPad


Today Apple and it’s team of executives headed by Tim Cook announced the new iPad. No number, no “HD” for this one, just “the new iPad”. This will surely cause some confusion, so let’s just all agree to call it the third generation iPad shall we?

As time has gone on, I have found myself using my iMac and MacBook less and less and instead relying on the iPad more and more. As a matter of fact, this post is being written from the WordPress app for iPad. Apart from needing to find a comparable replacement for Quicken for the iPad, I have almost no real use for my laptop anymore. My desktop is also becoming more a storage and media server as I rarely touch it as well. It is a late 2007 iMac.

So, Justin and I talked about it and I went ahead and bought the new iPad. Once it comes in, Justin will get the iPad2 so he can have all the features of a tablet as well. I also bought the camera connection kit so I can hook up my camera and transfer the pics to the iPad. This will allow me to completely negate the need for a laptop or netbook at all when traveling. All I need now is an app for tethering to my DSLR and I’ll really be a happy camper! Looking forward to March 16th when it will supposedly arrive.