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post #81 of 303
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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post #82 of 303
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%.
post #83 of 303
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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.
post #84 of 303
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.
post #85 of 303
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.
post #86 of 303
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Originally Posted by island hermit View Post

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


post #87 of 303
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.
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post #88 of 303
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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.
post #89 of 303
'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).
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post #90 of 303
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.
post #91 of 303
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Originally Posted by uguysrnuts View Post

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.
post #92 of 303
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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.
post #93 of 303
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Originally Posted by uguysrnuts View Post

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.
post #94 of 303
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.
post #95 of 303
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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.
post #96 of 303
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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.
post #97 of 303
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?
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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.
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post #99 of 303
Impression so far... it's Beautifical!
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Funny, I saw that scene in a porn movie.

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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.".

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Funny, I saw that scene in a porn movie.

The dead give away should have been when you noticed that the FedEx guy was only wearing a bandana and black socks.
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post #102 of 303
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Originally Posted by Shaun, UK View Post

. . . Maybe if you have excellent eyesight you will notice a significant difference but for me it was incremental rather than revolutionary.

One word for you: optometrist.

Then maybe you won't wonder so much what all the excitement is about.
post #103 of 303
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Originally Posted by addabox View Post

Funny, I saw that scene in a porn movie.

Well, luckily for me, this was no porn movie, because the Fed Ex guy was a dude.
post #104 of 303
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Originally Posted by Neo42 View Post

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.

So what's that now, 3 iPads, an iPhone, 2 Macs, a dozen Android phones and a couple of Android tablets? You're going to make DaHarder jealous.
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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?

Google has never been properly appreciated by apple neither for the laborious note taking efforts during board meetings, nor for their copious prototype tracking within apple's campus.

They are lucky Steven didn't stick around a bit more, cause he WOULD have used every last penny of apple's money in the bank to kill off android.
post #106 of 303
I noticed immediately I can read and post to AI forums without zooming in... fantastic for these 72-year-old eyes.
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This is just a little test. I'm testing out the new dictation feature on the new iPad. I'm not doing any auto correction now and I'm not going to fix any mistakes. I'm just speaking pretty freely and pretty fast because that's how I fucking speak okay. So far this dictation feature seems to work pretty good. I also tried it with my friend earlier on Skype in the chat box and it works really well. I'm now more convinced than ever that the moron who was suing Apple for Siri is a complete fucking retard and the guy obviously has some severe speech defects. not a single word in this post is being typed or corrected. Everything you hear is coming directly from my fucking mouth. I have now been this test to be successful in this post is now completed see

Please don't visit my local coffee house. Thanks!
post #108 of 303
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Originally Posted by addabox View Post

Funny, I saw that scene in a porn movie.

lol!!!!!!! I don't think I 've watched a lot of porn movies that DIDN'T have a variation of this scene in the script, one of the classic porn themes this one.
post #109 of 303
I am playing Real Racing 2 HD- so far, when 3D zooming the car models, there is quite a big of lag. However, during game play, the graphics run very smooth, I could not detect any lag whatsoever. The graphics are just ... well it's been said many times before
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Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post

I noticed immediately I can read and post to AI forums without zooming in... fantastic for these 72-year-old eyes.

Indeed, the clarity and sharpness is very noticeable.

I don't mean this as an insult to anybody, but I would suggest to those few people who claim not to notice much of a difference, that they immediately make an appointment with an optometrist, because they clearly suffer from a medical issue.
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I haven't checked, but I believe the iOS SDK supports third-party access to dictation frameworks. If this is true, then websites like AI could implement dictation commands for the new iPad -- commands like "submit reply", "quote" and even emoticons...
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Please don't visit my local coffee house. Thanks!

Consider yourself safe, because I don't drink coffee.

The only coffee houses that I like are those which are located in Amsterdam.
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Originally Posted by Shaun, UK View Post

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.

It is better in a lot of ways but I'm also with you as of right now there isn't a big need to update to the new one. However there will be new apps that will support this new rez and cpu and then it will be worth it. I have no doubt that all my music creation apps that I use and is the sole reason why I have a iPad will improve greatly.
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Consider yourself safe, because I don't drink coffee.

The only coffee houses that I like are those which are located in Amsterdam.

...Just enjoy the window shopping
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Originally Posted by Flaneur View Post

One word for you: optometrist.

Then maybe you won't wonder so much what all the excitement is about.

To be fair he's going to need one if he keeps using macs with no scalable font and ri!

although I fail to see how someone would not appreciate the retina display.
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Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post

...Just enjoy the window shopping

That sounds like a great combination. First somebody takes a little trip to one of the many coffee houses. And after they spend a half an hour or so there sampling the various goods, they can then take a nice stroll and admire the goods shown in the windows located in a certain district.
post #117 of 303
Well this is interesting...

I restored MC3 from my iCloud backup, and now it says it will not play because it has been illegally obtained.


UPDATE: had to delete and redownload. Kinda sucky since the game is over a GB.
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Well, luckily for me, this was no porn movie, because the Fed Ex guy was a dude.

Sir I have you package.
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post #119 of 303
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Originally Posted by Postulant View Post

Sell it like you did your ipad 2... I don't know why you bought it. You said your $99 touchpad is more usable anyway.

iPad is a better experience in many ways. Touchpad is more versatile though.
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Originally Posted by matrix07 View Post

God, you sounds like an annoyingly lifeless person. The one who sit blankly while everybody dancing and having the time of their lives.

Or I'm just realistic There is no immediate reason to jump for joy over the thing.
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