The Wall St. Journal's Walt Mossberg: A Million More Pixels Than HDTV. "The key upgrades are to those core features — the 9.7-inch screen and the data speed over cellular networks. These upgrades are massive. Using the new display is like getting a new eyeglasses prescription — you suddenly realize what you thought looked sharp before wasn't nearly as sharp as it could be."
The New York Times' David Pogue: A Polishing of the Old. "If you're in the market for a tablet, here's the bright side: For the same price as before, you can now get an updated iPad that's still better-looking, better integrated and more consistently designed than any of its rivals. And if you already have the iPad 2, here's an even brighter side: At least this time around, you don't have to feel quite as obsolete as usual."
The Verge's Joshua Topolsky: Does the tablet king retain its crown? "Minor gripes aside, the iPad remains best in breed when it comes to design and materials. Other tablets may have more ports or larger screens, but few can match the elegance, sleekness, or solidness of this device."
Macworld's Jason Snell: Apple advances the ball with a better screen, camera, and cellular connection. "The new iPad is just that: The iPad, updated for a new year and millions of new iPad users. It's not smaller or lighter, but it's got a remarkable screen, a much better rear camera, and support for cellular networking that can run at Wi-Fi speeds. It's the iPad that millions of people have embraced, only one year better. Users of the iPad 2 shouldn't fret: Their iPad investment is certainly good for another year. But they might not want to look too closely at the new iPad's screen. Once you get a load of that Retina display, it's hard to go back to anything else."
Fox News' Clayton Morris: Hands-on with Apple's new iPad. "The new iPad includes a better display, faster performance, better camera, and a snappy new operating system. Those may seem like small steps in the tablet space. But having used the new iPad for the past week now, I can tell you it's a giant leap for connected mankind."
Daring Fireball's John Gruber: Pixels pixels pixels. Battery battery battery. Speed speed speed. "Reading on the big retina display is pure joy. Going back to the iPad 2 after reading for a few hours on the iPad 3 is jarring. With bigger pixels, anti-aliased text looks blurry; with smaller pixels, anti-aliased text looks good; but with really small pixels like these, anti-aliased text looks impossibly good — and what you thought looked pretty good before (like text rendered on older iPads) now looks blurry."
TechCrunch's MG Siegler: The New iPad Makes Apple's Tablet Domination Clearer Than Ever. "If you have the original iPad, I say this is a no-brainer. If you have an iPad 2, it's a tougher call since it still seems nearly as fast as the new iPad. But if you choose not to upgrade (or to spend $399 for the 16 GB iPad 2 now), again, treat the new iPad as if it were Medusa when you're in an Apple Store. Do. Not. Look. At. It."
The Loop's Jim Dalrymple: iPad Third Generation. "I struggled after the event to put the right words together to describe the display and a week later I'm still lost for the proper analogy. The only thing I can think of that comes close is comparing it to the first time you ever saw an HDTV. Remember how startling it was to go from one of those giant standard definition projector TVs to an HDTV? That's what this is like."
SlashGear's Vincent Nguyen: "Steve Jobs would have approved of the new iPad. With its focus on the holistic experience rather than individual boasts around its constituent parts, it's the epitome of the Post-PC world the Apple founder envisaged. No lag or delay; no frustrating cloud settings or arcane minimum software requirements. Simply pick up, swipe, and you're immersed in a joined-up ecosystem. Apple doesn't need another revolution, it has already started one, and the new iPad brings a fresh degree of refinement to a segment in which it is undoubtedly the king."
The Guardian's Charles Arthur: The screen is the computer. "The iPad 3 puts Apple a mile ahead of anything we've seen from Android tablets. The interface is unchanged. But all sorts of incremental details – especially the screen, but also the camera capability and so the graphics heft, and the mobile broadband capability – have been ratcheted up. It's hard to see anyone catching this product because it offers what people want: access to computing wherever you are. Not every sort of computing, and there are still rough edges (notably the dictation) and incompatibilities (LTE). But for function and form, nothing else gets close."
The new iPad goes on sale Friday morning at 8 a.m. in the U.S. and nine other countries.
An unauthorized preview, three days before Apple-sanctioned sales begin
Despite Apple's (AAPL) best efforts to keep a lid on the thing, a pair of Vietnamese bloggers managed to get their hands on a new iPad and post a 4-minute unboxing video on YouTube.
You need some fluency in Vietnamese to follow the commentary, but not to get the gist. The larger camera, the 4G designation and the LTE option in network settings MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 13, 2012 8:18 AM ET
Most seem to be even more impressed with the latest tablet than the tech press was
RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky: 'New iPad' - Incremental? Really? We would argue it will maintain Apple's Tablet dominance, especially when considered in context with Apple's powerful ecosystem (iTunes, iTunes Store, iCloud, iOS, App Store, carrier/store distribution, etc)... The new iPad raises the performance bar, with the highest resolution screen on a tablet and the A5X processor MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 8, 2012 7:29 AM ET
What we know, what we don't know, what the gossip sites are saying today
The Wi-Fi in the Dominican Republic was as on-and-off as the hot water showers, but some news from the tech world did manage to reach us on the beach.
With Apple (AAPL) scheduled to reveal its newest iPad Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST), here's a round-up of what Donald Rumsfeld used to call the known MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 6, 2012 6:14 AM ET
After the reports of the past few days, is there any room left for surprise?
The latest details, with links:
Unveiling scheduled for March 7, release likely by March 9
2048×1536 "Retina" display (double the resolution of iPads 1 and 2)
Quad-core A-6 chip, perhaps replacing the dual-core chip in the current iPad
4G LTE Qualcomm (QCOM) chipset, signaling that the next iPhone will be 4G too
Still unknown: Where the unveiling will take place, at the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 14, 2012 9:40 AM ET
Said to join Google, Intel, Ericcson and RPX in a bid for 6,000 telephony patents
This was the week we found out how valuable telecommunications patents can be.
On Tuesday, Apple (AAPL) settled its long-running patent dispute with Nokia (NOK) for what analysts estimate could be as much as $1 billion in licensing fees.
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had joined the crowd of companies bidding for the telephony MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 17, 2011 3:33 PM ET
A curated selection of the day's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.
HP and Palm may introduce three models of the PalmPad, a tablet aimed squarely at taking down the iPad, at this January's CES. All three will run a new version of Palm's WebOS, and a fourth student edition, will be showed off later on. Other features will include: a weight of 1.25 lbs., a USB 3.0 MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 22, 2010 6:00 AM ET
With Clearwire experiencing growing pains, Sprint's best option for 4G expansion might be turning to a rival competitor for cash.
Sometimes the best allies are also the unlikeliest.
This might be the case if T-Mobile invests in Clearwire (CLWR), which is majority-owned by Sprint (S). Currently, Clearwire offers fourth-generation (4G) wireless network coverage to more than 41 million people throughout the U.S., but it plans to expand further to cover 120 MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 13, 2010 11:19 AM ET
As Google moves into (and starts to depend on) ISPs' business, is it having an easier time seeing things from their point of view?
It's now clear that Google underestimated the public's desire for true net neutrality over both wireless and wired services -- something the company quickly discovered after issuing a joint policy recommendation with Verizon last week.
Google tried to explain its thinking with a couple of posts, but so far MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 15, 2010 10:18 PM ET
If you buy the rumors that Apple is building a phone for Verizon, January 2011 makes sense
Here's how Daring Fireball's John Gruber sees events unfolding:
The device code named N92 (the iPhone 4 was N90), now in being tested in-house by Apple (AAPL) engineers according to Gruber's sources, reaches device verification test (DVT) level this fall, which is when the secret prototypes go out for field testing. (See Gizmodo here.)
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