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With Apple's new iPad officially available, users on Friday are getting 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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Looking at the new screen, the resolution is impressive, though I'm likely to exchange mine for another one if I find the 'screen-bleed' more than I care to endure on a (near) 900.00 device (mine's a 64gb/LTE Verizon).

Another thing I'm noticing is that for those of us who have large on-device iOS app libraries is the size of these 'new iPad' optimized apps, as it's been confirmed by several sites that they can be up to 5 times larger than their predecessors. Even the recent updates to Apple's Pages app went from 95mb to 269mb, Numbers from 109mb to 283mb, and iMovie from 70mb to a whopping 404mb

One can only deduce that the more graphics-heavy gaming apps like EA's FIFA '12 (already more than 1.2gb as it stands), as well as Epic's Infinity Blade and Gameloft's Mortal Combat series (all at a gig or more all ready) are likely going to be absolutely huge downloads, presenting not only possible device storage issues, but also concerns for those who desire to update said apps while on-the-go via (data-cap limited) LTE equipped 'new iPads'.

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I wonder about that dictation thing more than anything.
its not siri, buts its voice to text.
so why only on the newest iPad. It would have to be part of the 5.1 release, no?
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Any insight as to whether cases from iPad 2 fit well for the new one?

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i've been to the Apple store, and i have seen the future... seriously i used it and web surfing is raised to a new level... no longer do I have to zoom in to read the web page.

reading on the retina display is amazing!
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...and iMovie from 70mb to a whopping 404mb

If only there was some other factory involved with the size increase... for instance, it went from only being an iPhone/Touch app to also supporting the iPad.

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Any insight as to whether cases from iPad 2 fit well for the new one?


I realize this is your first post, Arrclight, but you're going to get some angry replies if you continue to leave the entire story with your questions.

... and, no, I'm not sure if the iPad2 case will fit the 3rd generation iPad.
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Any insight as to whether cases from iPad 2 fit well for the new one?


Seriously, dude, can you please edit your post. There is no need to include the entire article including images. Just click the edit button and get deleting
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I wonder about that dictation thing more than anything.
its not siri, buts its voice to text.
so why only on the newest iPad. It would have to be part of the 5.1 release, no?

It appears to work as advertised, seemingly more accurate than my iPhone4S.

The only downfall is that it doesn't seem to process on-device, but via Apple's Siri servers, so one needs either a WiFi connection or to eat into (expensive and capped) cellular data limits to use it (on the LTE versions that is).
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I wonder about that dictation thing more than anything.
its not siri, buts its voice to text.
so why only on the newest iPad. It would have to be part of the 5.1 release, no?

It probably has Audience's EarSmart tech that first arrived with the iPhone 4S's A5 chip.

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haha. I thought I was seeing double for a second. I almost replied right now including the entire post but I am not sure you all would find that funny.

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Looking at the new screen, the resolution is impressive, though I'm likely to exchange mine for another one if I find the 'screen-bleed' more than I care to endure on a (near) 900.00 device (mine's a 64gb/LTE Verizon).

Another thing I'm noticing is that for those of us who have large on-device iOS app libraries is the size of these 'new iPad' optimized apps, as it's been confirmed by several sites that they can be up to 5 times larger than their predecessors. Even the recent updates to Apple's Pages app went from 95mb to 269mb, Numbers from 109mb to 283mb, and iMovie from 70mb to a whopping 404mb…

One can only deduce that the more graphics-heavy gaming apps like EA's FIFA '12 (already more than 1.2gb as it stands), as well as Epic's Infinity Blade and Gameloft's Mortal Combat series (all at a gig or more all ready) are likely going to be absolutely huge downloads, presenting not only possible device storage issues, but also concerns for those who desire to update said apps while on-the-go via (data-cap limited) LTE equipped 'new iPads'.

We'll See... \

No, 2D games and apps are the ones increasing so much in size. Infinity Blade 2 and other 3D games have already been updated and they aren't that much bigger. That's because they're just bumping up the resolution. 2D apps need all new high-resolution artwork. Real Racing 2 went from 402mb to 444mb, the major factor being the additional languages they added. Even that Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy game is only 360MB. Galaxy on Fire 2 HD says they have "Four times higher resolution textures" while supporting the retina display and that's only 519MB.

Also... download size and installation size are two completely different things. Now the downloads need to include artwork for the older iPads AND the new iPads in one file.
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It appears to work as advertised, seemingly more accurate than my iPhone4S.

The only downfall is that it doesn't seem to process on-device, but via Apple's Siri servers, so one needs either a WiFi connection or to eat into (expensive and capped) cellular data limits to use it (on the LTE versions that is).

well now that is a HUGE suprise.....
if what you are saying is true, Apple assumes the device in question will always be connected. I thought that for the iPhone 4s using siri it made sense because it technically "should be" always connected. But an iPad..... it most certainly is not.
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haha. I thought I was seeing double for a second. I almost replied right now including the entire post but I am not sure you all would find that funny.

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well now that is a HUGE suprise.....
if what you are saying is true, Apple assumes the device in question will always be connected. I thought that for the iPhone 4s using siri it made sense because it technically "should be" always connected. But an iPad..... it most certainly is not.

That was known during the demo. You can see the icon whirling around at the top indicating internet activity when dictating to the device.

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Also... download size and installation size are two completely different things. Now the downloads need to include artwork for the older iPads AND the new iPads in one file.

Are you sure about this? So the extra data will be deleted on my iPad 2?
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The article states "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."

Sorry, but the silver iCloud logo was also on the box of the iPad 2. The store where I work as an Apple-Certified Macintosh Technician still has iPad 2's in stock, and I'm looking at one right now. They had the logo there as soon as iOS 5.0 first came out.
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Any insight as to whether cases from iPad 2 fit well for the new one?


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Also... download size and installation size are two completely different things. Now the downloads need to include artwork for the older iPads AND the new iPads in one file.

Which sound terribly inefficient, and could/should be rather upsetting to owners of the lower-capacity iPod Touch, iPhone 4, and iPad/iPad2, as the 8gb versions of the first two only provide about 6.5gb of free space, and 16gb version only about 13.8gb.

Hopefully Apple comes up with a way in which installations can be 'intelligent' enough to recognize the specific device in use, and forego installing all those completely unnecessary/space-hogging app assets.
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So where's the rest of the article Dan? I expected pages 2 and 3. Anyway good to read a few preliminary words on the ipad. I can't wait to get my hands on this baby, retina display with sharp text is a dream come true for me, shame on the storage though because apple arguably could and should have offered more.

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It lacks the wow-factor of Siri on the iPhone 4S

It will also hear a lot less eff you siri said back to it though.
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The article states "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."

Sorry, but the silver iCloud logo was also on the box of the iPad 2. The store where I work as an Apple-Certified Macintosh Technician still has iPad 2's in stock, and I'm looking at one right now. They had the logo there as soon as iOS 5.0 first came out.

They probably changed packaging since icloud debuted. My launch day iPad 2's box doesn't have the logo on it
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Any insight as to whether cases from iPad 2 fit well for the new one?


As the article stated the Apple smart cover fits, but that's not the dimension that grew larger, that's the thickness. So it's going to depend on how forgiving the specs are on the older case you have in mind. I faced the opposite problem when I went from an iPhone 3Gs to a 4, my Vaja case all of a sudden held the phone "loosely", so I tucked the microfiber cloth behind it and viola: held it (and my current 4s) quite nicely. The length and width didn't cause problems, it was the thinner form factor of the 4 series versus the 3... Since the iPad is thicker a case that was tight on the 2 might not have the slack to accept one.
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so I tucked the microfiber cloth behind it and viola: held it (and my current 4s) quite nicely.

I only had room for a ukulele behind my iphone 4. How did you fit a viola?
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Finally got mine.

It took all discipline not to grin like an idiot, jump up and down, throw a football victory dance and scream "I'm the king of the world".

I think the FedEx guy still somehow knew though, judging from the way he smirked. I must have been just the hundredth geek he delivered this mysterious brown box today.

Oh, BTW, I can't tell if it's heavier than my iPad 2. Too bad I sold it already, so I can't compare now.
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Received mine this morning- screen's amazing, but I've never used an iPad before so I have nothing to compare it to. It looks like my iPod touch 4g's retina display, so in comparison to upgrading my 1g touch, I can understand the difference. It looks like I am holding a tablet with a printed high resolution photo layered on top that is also backlit. You really can not see pixels, even when pressing your eyes against it!

In regards to file sizes ballooning, I found this article to be very relieving:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-57...col;topStories

Verizon connection is showing 3 bars in my apartment, and I am lucky to get any service at all on any other carrier, except T-Mobile, which gives me 1 bar and is usable. I'm not worried about using LTE in my apartment, but it is relieving to know the signal strength appears very strong.

The graphics card is quite zippy- Google Earth runs fairly smoothly when scrolling around in zoomed out mode. It seems to keep up well with the refreshes and renderings.

The camera appears to be good for what I will use it for in my profession. It is not great though and lacks some level of sharpness. It does appear to be a good replacement for I took a few stills to compare low light, natural light, and mixed light settings:




The screen already has a lot of smudges on it- Apple didn't even include a cleaning cloth with it
I guess cleaning this thing is something I will have to get use to.

Overall:
The display!! The display!!!
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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.".

Anyway, here's my real quick, preliminary thoughts after having used the iPad for about 5 minutes.

Holy shit! Somebody help me! Quick, somebody call a whambulance!

I 'm having a freaking eyegasm over here

I just tested out Safari real quick and text is indeed so fucking sharp. I also opened up iBooks and same thing there, the text is crazy sharp. I didn't really mind reading any books on my iPad 2, but now, there is just no comparison. It's laser sharp. There were also a bunch of new app updates today I noticed, so later on I'll be testing some of the apps which I have that got a retina upgrade today, like Real Racing 2 HD.

I also kept my iPad 2, so now I can sync both iPads up and I'll be jamming with myself later on in Garageband.
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I 'm having a freaking eyegasm over here

I just tested out Safari real quick and text is indeed so fucking sharp. I also opened up iBooks and same thing there, the text is crazy sharp. I didn't really mind reading any books on my iPad 2, but now, there is just no comparison. It's laser sharp. There were also a bunch of new app updates today I noticed, so later on I'll be testing some of the apps which I have that got a retina upgrade today, like Real Racing 2 HD.

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?
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I feel the same way about the camera. Very useable but not all the great. It has to be very bright for it it took take good pictures.
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I 'm having a freaking eyegasm over here

I'm guessing you don't mean this type of discharge:

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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?

Well, not all apps have it yet, that's why I opened up Safari and iBooks first, because I knew that those two apps were good to go.

As for the different degrees of sharpness, let's just say that it looks pretty damn amazing.
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Mine arrived here by Fedex 30 minutes ago. I successfully registered it and it is now up and running.... iTunes is now copying all apps into my iPad......

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Amazing is an understatement. It's worth an OM*G I can't believe it's this sharp!

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As for the different degrees of sharpness, let's just say that it looks pretty damn amazing.


It's not just sharp. Native iPad retina icons have very jewel like quality to them.
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Given how Google Earth looks on my 4s I can't wait for how that'll look on the iPad!
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You guys are a bunch of show offs...

I have a feeling my FedEx guy is parked someplace drooling over my iPad.
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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.".

Anyway, here's my real quick, preliminary thoughts after having used the iPad for about 5 minutes.

Holy shit! Somebody help me! Quick, somebody call a whambulance!

I 'm having a freaking eyegasm over here

I just tested out Safari real quick and text is indeed so fucking sharp. I also opened up iBooks and same thing there, the text is crazy sharp. I didn't really mind reading any books on my iPad 2, but now, there is just no comparison. It's laser sharp. There were also a bunch of new app updates today I noticed, so later on I'll be testing some of the apps which I have that got a retina upgrade today, like Real Racing 2 HD.

I also kept my iPad 2, so now I can sync both iPads up and I'll be jamming with myself later on in Garageband.

I'm really surprised you are so excited about your new iPad delivery. My new iPad also came this morning. I wasn't dancing at the door waiting for the FedEx guy so we didn't have the same jovial exchange of excitement. It was pretty boring actually.

Anyway, so I promptly opened the packaging and fired 'er up. First thing I notice during boot is that from the onset this doesn't feel much different than the iPad 2. Also, the magic of the previous iPad openings was mostly lost. It has been a few months since I sold my 2, so it was good to hold one again, but none of that "zomg this thing is sexy" feelings.

Once I got through activation (why is there activation for wifi model again?), my not-so-mind-blowing experience continued. Since I didn't have much time to play with it, I opened up Safari and loaded a page. Pretty sharp, looks good. But still, this is pretty much the same experience. Next up, took some photos and a brief video. Not impressed. No big deal, I'll never use the camera anyway.

So after checking out all of the new features, I was left feeling kind of meh about it. I'm sure I'll enjoy the better display, but I am left feeling disappointed. The magic is gone from my previous experiences.
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Has anyone noticed the difference in the dock conector size? I tried to plug my ipad 2 charging cable into the ipad 3 and it wouldn't fit. The ipad 3 connector looks the same but has a very secure feel to the plugin.
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