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    iPad 2 price drops to $399 (Wi-Fi) and $529 (Wi-Fi + 3G)

    A new tablet isn't the only news today; Apple just dropped the price of the iPad 2. Much like how the iPhone 4 got a discount with the release of the 4S, the iPad 2 16GB models now start at $399 (Wi-Fi) and $529 (Wi-Fi + 3G). The rest of the iPad 2 line got price cuts as well, all the way up to the 64GB model.

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    Well, they've named it 'iPad', so looks like they've shifted to the same naming scheme as the iPad, Apple TV etc... So now people will have to say 'Early 2012 iPad'.

    Potentially, could this mean a faster release cycle for new models? Or is just to deal with the inevitable version increase - no-one wants an iPad 13 etc...

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    Mussis is annoyed. She saved for ages and got me one for my 30th Birthday. If I was born a week or two later, she would have got a new iPad as they are the same price.

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    Why didn't she wait until the new iPad was released (or was it a surprise present)?

    Apple has a 14-day return policy by the way.

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    The new Ipad supports 264 pixels per inch - which is more then the human eye can individually distinguish
    So another one of those useless shiny features?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    So another one of those useless shiny features?
    ^ Retina display Macs, iPads, and HiDPI: Doing the Math « TUAW

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    so from that is states that the display on a Iphone 4 is better then that of the new Ipad?

    And Apple have made up another term for marketing?

    /apple hater can you tell?

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    There isn't a set PPI for a display to be classed as a Retina display. As that article states, viewing distance is key.

    Here are several photos showing the difference between the screens on the iPad 2 and the new iPad. It's easy to tell which is which.



    Source: Apple's iPad Retina Display: hands-on pictures « The Verge



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    Bit disappointed personally that there weren't more improvements. Tablets are becoming more and more popular now and already some competitors are producing models with quad core processors which in the current rate of development most (if not all) tablets will be quad core by the end of the year, so Apple will have to produce some rather special for the release of the iPad 4 should there be one of course.
    The improvements that have been made will no doubt enhance the iPad further and make a great product even better, but I just think that its not what people have come to expect of Apple in recent years by always pushing the boundaries of development. I know it has 4G but so will most serious mobile devices over the next couple of months. I hope that this changes with the the next gen products as Apple are starting to give more ground to their competitors.

    As always my opinion I'm sure others will agree/disagree with that!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattGreaves View Post
    Bit disappointed personally that there weren't more improvements.
    What sort of things were you expecting?

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    I was wondering what kind of things you/anyone really want quad core for, bearing in mind it allegedly has that for the graphics.

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    It just looks like a hardware refresh to me. Nothing really new at all.

    With Windows 8 tablets due Q4 2012, they'll all come with USB ports, memory card readers and dual screen functionality, just like a PC. It's a shame Apple didn't include this in their latest iPad3. I think the innovation train has come to a halt. I feel Apple are living dangerously, as a lot of OEMs will start making Windows 8 tablets and the competition will be welcome as it'll lower prices.

    As for 4G, it doesn't even exist in the UK yet and it won't be available properly until 2013. I feel the same is happening with Apple since the 3GS. Again, it's been mostly hardware refreshes and nothing really innovative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    It just looks like a hardware refresh to me. Nothing really new at all.
    That depends on your definition of nothing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    With Windows 8 tablets due Q4 2012, they'll all come with USB ports, memory card readers and dual screen functionality, just like a PC.
    Camera Connection Kit + Digital AV Adapter or AirPlay Mirroring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    I don't think Apple are that worried about the Kindle Fire. Why lower the price, when millions of people are willing to buy iPad's at current prices?

    Because apple never wanted to live with competition, they want to destroy it, or that certainly was the case when Jobs was in charge. I thought a cheaper lower spec iPad something similar to what the iPod product line have, would have seen apple stop the advance of android/windows 8 will have on the market

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