Apple announces newest iPad

The latest iPad was unveiled today in Apple’s special event in San Francisco.

Release date is March 16.  That’s next week, folks!!!  Let’s hope Apple comes through with this date.

Dubbed “The new iPad,” the updates include:

1.  High-resolution Display.  It is the same resolution as the iPhone 4S retina display.  At 2048 by 1536 it boasts over 3.1 million pixels.

2.  iSight Camera.  The new camera sports a 5 Megapixel sensor, using the same technology that’s in the iPhone 4S.

3.  HD video recording.  Let’s you record in 1080p, just like on the iPhone 4S.

4.  Voice dictation.  Sweet…

5.  Next generation wireless… 4G-LTE!!!  Finally!!!

More importantly, the price.  The new iPad is priced at just $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. And $629, $729, and $829 for 4G.  These are the same prices as the iPad2.


Other things:

It can also function as a personal hotspot (requires carrier support).  Up to 5 devices can connect wirelessly to the iPad.

The new iPad gets the same 10 hour battery life as the old model, and about 9 hours when on 4G.  That is not bad at all, considering how 4G sucks the life out of most 4G-enabled cell phones (you know who you are).

There will be two versions of the iPad (AT&T and Verizon).

More info to follow.  Stay tuned.

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3 quick tips for iPhone 4S #1

Quick tips for iPhone 4S users:

These are not secret tips, but almost all of my friends and colleagues did not know about at least one of these features (including myself).

I would like to credit Michelle R for these helpful tips.  She has fast become my go-to consultant for these things.

1.  Get to camera/iPod control without having to unlock your phone.  

If you are like me, you probably activated the key lock so that whenever your phone times out and locks, you have to put in the 4-digit numerical password.  If you need quick access to your iPod or camera, and do not want to have to input the password each and every time, you can just press the home button twice, and you will get direct access to the iPod controller (reverse, play/pause, forward), and the camera button on the bottom right to activate the camera.

2.  Scroll through contacts list quickly.

At the right of the contact list, there are letters that if you press on it and scroll up/down, you can scroll through the contacts list by letter rather than by each contact.

3.  Domain suffix (ie “.com” etc.)

I used to just type out this simple 4-character ending when surfing through Safari.  After a while, it got old.  Well, there is a key for it, sitting next to the “Go” key at the bottom right of the keypad.  So now you can type your address (www.whateverthewebaddressis) and then press this key to add “.com” at the end.  Sure, it will only save 2 seconds of your time, but if you type enough web addresses, over time any little bit will help.

If you keep the “.com” key pressed, it will give you other suffix options (“.net” “.edu” and “.org”).  Slide your finger to the other keys, rather than lifting and pressing the key.

If your default search engine is google (and not yahoo), you don’t even need to type “www” or “.com” so if you want to go to “www.nytimes.com” you just need to type “nytimes”

I hope this helps.

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