First look: Apple's new third-generation iPad with Retina display

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  • bugsnwbugsnw Posts: 698member
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    Any insight as to whether cases from iPad 2 fit well for the new one?







    I purchased the iPad 3 with a new case, just in case there was an update. My iPad 2 case works perfectly on the new iPad. In fact, they are interchangeable so I'm assuming Apple hasn't modified the cases for the new iPads even though I read somewhere that there were slight adjustments to the internal magnets.



    I can't tell any difference between the two cases.
  • gdoggdog Posts: 214member
    Just got one. Much nicer than ipad 1. Fast nice screen and weight etc. did icloud set up five minutes. All good





    their first look at the new high-definition Retina display that is the defining feature of the third-generation tablet.



    The box and packaging for the new iPad is largely the same as its predecessor. In fact, the biggest change is a silver iCloud logo on the bottom of the box, opposite the silver Apple logo displayed on the other side.



    Opening the box of a new 32-gigabyte Wi-Fi model, it's all iPad, with the plastic-covered device sitting atop the included instructions, USB cable and wall charging adapter. Holding down the power button boots the device with a quick and showy flash of the Apple logo before the PC-free setup begins.



    Even in the setup process, the improved clarity with the new Retina display is apparent. Text and fonts are much sharper, and this can immediately be noticed even during the iCloud restore.



    Another new addition that will appear during the setup process is the "Dictation" feature. Here, users are informed of how it works, and are allowed to enable or disable the feature.















    After about a 15-minute restore from iCloud, the new iPad was good to go. Apple's official magnetic Smart Cover still fits the device just fine.



    The new model is said to be slightly thicker and heavier than its predecessor, but any changes are subtle at best. One would need to compare the new model with the iPad 2, side by side, in order to truly notice any differences.















    Once the iPad boots to the restored home screen, the benefits of the new Retina display become even more apparent. Text is sharper, images are clearer and the whole device feels like a major step up from its predecessor.



    The jump in clarity is so strong that even the tiny versions of application icons displayed in an iOS folder look razor sharp. Of course, the icons of applications that have not yet been updated to take advantage of the Retina display also stand out next to their sharper counterparts.















    If this isn't your first iPad, one of the first things you might want to do with your new iPad is update the wallpaper. Whatever you were using before might have been passable, but on the new Retina display, it might just look murky.



    The enhanced display is really all about the text: Something as simple as browsing the Web now takes on an entirely new life with super-crisp fonts that are much easier on the eye.



    Initial tests with the new voice dictation feature were also positive. Simply tap the microphone icon on the keyboard and begin speaking. When done, tap the microphone again, and an accurate transcription of what you speak will be written on the iPad. It lacks the wow-factor of Siri on the iPhone 4S, but is still a strong addition to the new iPad.



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  • tyler82tyler82 Posts: 510member
    Since this is the first I've had I've ever used or owned I feel like I am reviewing a brand-new piece of technology. I know that this is nothing new to most of you guys, but I am now starting to realize how valuable and game changing the iPad is. I just played the game Crow mag rally, and, although I play this game on my iPad touch, and never looked at that device as really a great gaming machine. This smallscreen just seems so awkward for enjoying any type of action game. However, the iPad beautiful retina display makes the game, life and brings me a sense of pleasure and satisfaction that I have not found in a long long time. I have decided to store all of my music on my iPod to clear up space on my iPad that would see me 15 GB of space. Does anybody know if home sharing can be used over a 4G cellular network? Begin parentheses this entire post was dictated in parentheses



    Does anybody know why the battery indicator goes down on my iPad is charging? It started at 86%, and now is that 81%.
  • 2oh12oh1 Posts: 474member
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    Originally Posted by bugsnw View Post


    I purchased the iPad 3 with a new case, just in case there was an update. My iPad 2 case works perfectly on the new iPad. In fact, they are interchangeable so I'm assuming Apple hasn't modified the cases for the new iPads even though I read somewhere that there were slight adjustments to the internal magnets.



    I can't tell any difference between the two cases.



    If you put your iPad in a previous iPad dock, you can see that the angle of the curve around the edges is, in fact, ever so slightly different, and I don't doubt that the case is now a fraction thicker (though doubtfully noticeable to the naked eye). The new iPad fits in an iPad 2 dock, but not as perfectly as the iPad 2 did. The iPad 2 fell perfectly in place. With the new iPad, it fits, but I have to work just a bit to find the connection.
  • 2oh12oh1 Posts: 474member
    Here's something odd about the new iPad. I'm finally at the end of restoring my previous backup, so it's been sitting in an iPad 2 dock, churning away at installing gigs and gigs of apps, photos, music, etc.



    I noticed how warm it got. Definitely not hot at all, but warm enough that I was surprised. The warmth was mostly in the bottom to bottom left. Interesting. Now, it's cooler, though still warm, and it's warmer in the bottom right than the bottom left. Weird! I wonder if this is a case of battery charging? I guess we'll all find out over time.
  • kent909kent909 Posts: 628member
    I just got delivery of my new iPad at noon. It took all of 15 minutes to have the iPad functioning after a restore from an iCloud backup. I am still waiting for all of the apps and content to download however. First surprise is that it kept all my app folders intact. Display is very nice and could be dramatically better if I had better eyesight. The next thing that is really impressive over my first generation iPad is the speed of the device. Dictation works better than any other dictation software I have used. I am excited about the AirPlay mirroring feature. Just my quick first impressions.
  • msimpsonmsimpson Posts: 452member
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    Just one question: Does the display's sharpness change with each app or is there actually a difference between fucking sharp, crazy sharp and laser sharp?



    It depends on who is posting.



    Android users = fucking sharp

    Apple users = crazy sharp

    LASIK users = laser sharp





  • uguysrnutsuguysrnuts Posts: 459member
    I just maxed out the storage! Looks like 32GB ain't gonna cut it. I simply have too many apps, half of which are space sucking games.



    'looks like it's time to trade up to the 64GB version.
  • jnjnjnjnjnjn Posts: 588member
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    Does anybody know why the battery indicator goes down on my iPad is charging? It started at 86%, and now is that 81%.



    You must be gaming pretty heavy.



    J.
  • uguysrnutsuguysrnuts Posts: 459member
    'just fired up Infinity Blade 2 with the new retina update. It doesn't quite deliver on the promised 2048x1536. There is practically no difference between the pre- and post- retina version (I checked before updating). Hopefully Real Racing 2 and Modern Combat 2 will be different (it is in "waiting" state).
  • apple ][apple ][ Posts: 7,905member
    I just noticed something else. I can't stand iPhone apps, because you have to upscale them 2X, but in a few cases, there's no other choice.



    I just opened up my trading app on both the iPad2 and iPad3, and the iPhone app looks way better and sharper on the new iPad on fullscreen. I have both iPads side by side. As a matter of fact, it doesn't even look like an iPhone app that's been scaled up anymore.
  • tyler82tyler82 Posts: 510member
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    I just maxed out the storage! Looks like 32GB ain't gonna cut it. I simply have too many apps, half of which are space sucking games.



    'looks like it's time to trade up to the 64GB version.



    I am saving all the apps I don't plan to use at the moment in the cloud (although at this point they are all fitting on my iPad with plenty to spare- I too have the 32GB model, but I took off all of the music and will use home sharing instead to save space).



    What would be really cool would be for Apple to allow you to reactivate apps in the cloud from the iPad instead of having to do it through iTunes.
  • 2oh12oh1 Posts: 474member
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    I just opened up my trading app on both the iPad2 and iPad3, and the iPhone app looks way better and sharper on the new iPad on fullscreen. I have both iPads side by side. As a matter of fact, it doesn't even look like an iPhone app that's been scaled up anymore.



    I noticed that too. LOVE IT. Granted, I'd prefer to have all apps offer an iPad version... but I'm really loving how good iPhone apps look on the new iPad. What a huge difference.
  • myapplelovemyapplelove Posts: 1,515member
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    I just maxed out the storage! Looks like 32GB ain't gonna cut it. I simply have too many apps, half of which are space sucking games.



    'looks like it's time to trade up to the 64GB version.



    I will be vindicated in that this will be a common concern and problem of users with the iPad 3, and a few apologists here who had been giving us who were originally concerned about this a really hard time are going to look extremely foolish. And while 32gb might barely pass in the requirements, the 16gb model will prove to be the joke it really is. Wait until a few kids put a 3-4 textbooks in and a couple of games and realise that this is pretty much it with their storage. 16gb and 32gb iPad 1 and 2s are already being sold for peanuts and what's worse not a lot of people are buying them when they can bargain down a 64gb model.
  • shaun, ukshaun, uk Posts: 1,050member
    Just went to my local AppleStore to check out the iPad 3. I honestly couldn't tell the difference from the iPad 2. I had them side by side. The iPad 3 is bit sharper but the text underneath the icons is tiny. It didn't seem any quicker although I obviously couldn't play a game on it. The iPad 2 screen was very good. Maybe if you have excellent eyesight you will notice a significant difference but for me it was incremental rather than revolutionary.
  • apple ][apple ][ Posts: 7,905member
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    Originally Posted by 2oh1 View Post


    I noticed that too. LOVE IT. Granted, I'd prefer to have all apps offer an iPad version... but I'm really loving how good iPhone apps look on the new iPad. What a huge difference.



    Yeah, I prefer all of my iPad apps to be the iPad version too of course. I'd say that 99% of my apps are iPad versions, but there's a couple where there's no other choice available, and it's good to know that those will actually look ok and be fully usable.
  • myapplelovemyapplelove Posts: 1,515member
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    Originally Posted by tyler82 View Post


    I am saving all the apps I don't plan to use at the moment in the cloud (although at this point they are all fitting on my iPad with plenty to spare- I too have the 32GB model, but I took off all of the music and will use home sharing instead to save space).



    What would be really cool would be for Apple to allow you to reactivate apps in the cloud from the iPad instead of having to do it through iTunes.



    I too plan to use home sharing when I get the new iPad, and I already do so on my iPad 2, plex media server is also great(big kudos there to the dev team), but I wish apple could just improve their remote app which is to put it bluntly, shit. They should incorporate it to the iPod, oh well, the music app on the iPad (that plays podcasts and audiobooks too...), what's the point of having a separate iTunes media remote? If I am in my home network let me access my stuff from the music app, clearly denoting if I am using local or remote content.
  • dick applebaumdick applebaum Posts: 11,306member


    Google Earth is kinda' sucky -- they need to scale the text for the increased resolution -- not particularly fast either...



    Guess the GOOG didn't get any special prerelease access to new iPad... I wonder why?



  • addaboxaddabox Posts: 12,667member
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    The Fed Ex guy rang my bell about 30 minutes ago. I was ready, so I quickly went downstairs and when he handed over the package, he was smiling and said "You seem eager to be getting this package." I laughed and replied "Yeah, and I'm pretty sure that you know what's inside the package too". The Fed Ex guy laughed back and said "Yep, I sure do.".



    Funny, I saw that scene in a porn movie.
  • dick applebaumdick applebaum Posts: 11,306member


    Impression so far... it's Beautifical!
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