Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Analysis of the iPad in April, in-depth analysis

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The iPad 4 , also called fourth-generation iPad or iPad simply is the second generation iPad with Retina display Apple launches during 2012. To say that this new version of the tablet only includes the new processor A6X not be fair, since Apple really has improved more in the device. The new iPad 4 also includes a new LTE chip that lets you connect to networks around the world, has a 1.3 megapixel camera FaceTime capable of capturing video at 720p and also carries the new Lightning connector that is already part of " standard "of Apple.

Despite these developments, the iPad 4 has not undergone a design change as the rest of the line products that Apple has released iOS between summer and autumn. This means that although the iPad 4 is new in some respects, there is nothing new in design or appearance.

The iPad 4 is something unique, something that Apple had never done before. It is an update in the middle of the product cycle. The question now is not 5 to see an iPad within a year or will the iPad 5 and half year before Apple will keep the cycle that started the iPad 3?

The above iPad

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For the course taken since the beginning of Apple iPad to the present generation, it is best to take a look at this table. Here we can see the features that have different models: from the first to hit the stores until the current iPad 4 and iPad Mini.

iPad 4: Technology

Externally the iPad 4 is virtually identical to the iPad 3, which in turn is almost identical to the iPad 2. The only difference that can be seen with the naked eye is the new Lightning connector that has come to replace the previous 30-pin connector. Inside tablets things change.

The system-on-a-chip that Apple A5X rode the iPad 3, has given way to new A6X. The formerly FaceTime camera VGA quality has gone to a 720p HD sensor and LTE chip that was only compatible with U.S. networks has moved to another that is compatible with international networks.

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However, even with the new components, the iPad 4 is identified as iPad 3.4, which identifies it as a minor hardware revision, something like what happened in 2008 with the iPhone 3G. Definitely a factor to consider. When Apple updated the iPhone 4 (iPhone3, 1) and launched the iPhone 4S with improved housing, camera processor and gave it a new internal reference number (iPhone4, 1).

Version numbers are not intended to be used by customers, and Apple takes into account a range of factors to assign, but still this way of designating the new iPad 4 raises a lot of questions.

Apple does not advertise the iPad3, 4 as Lightning or iPad 3 with LTE iPad 3 with international or iPad 3S. Apple iPad was announced as fourth generation, even when internally identified as an update of the iPad 3. Apple has given a name that can make you feel to own an iPad 3 that you feel as obsolete, while the new product gives them little reason to upgrade.

Why Apple made this choice? Probably we'll never know, but the way in which it affects the decision to buy or not to buy, upgrade or update is not something we can understand.

iPad 4: Design

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The iPad 4 is virtually identical to the iPad 3 and the iPad 2. With this information it seems that there is not much to say about the industrial design of the new tablet, however, this is exactly what makes it something we have to talk.

The iPad 4 has an aluminum housing unidoby, something that has little to do with the anodized aluminum used in the iPhone 5, iPod Touch and iPad 5th generation Mini. These share a new design very similar, based on rounded edges, metal buttons, and black slate and white colors and silver.

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From the front all iOS devices remain more or less the same, with the exception of the new colors, but from the sides and the back, the difference is immediately apparent.

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Maybe when the iPad was announced 2013, will also receive the new design, but for now you have to keep waiting and it is important to mention that currently seems to have a dated design compared to devices that already have the new model.

iPad 4: Apple A6X

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The new system-on-a-chip A6X advertised as twice as fast as A5X processing both in the graphics. The A5X was launched only seven months earlier. It was a variant of the Apple A5 and is in the iPad 2, iPhone 4S and now in the fourth generation iPod Touch and the iPad Mini. The processor was supercharged to be able to move from one screen graphics Ratina with resolution 2048 × 1536 pixels.

A6X The new processor is the second generation iPad with Retina display, but it really is much more than that. Apple licensed Previously existing ARM chips (Cortex A8 and A9) and integrated them into the A4 and A5. This time, initially for the iPhone 5 and now for the iPad 4, Apple licensed the ARM instruction set and created his own V7S chip 32nm dual-core, which was engineered to deliver 1.4 GHz in the case of the iPad in April .

The iPad 3 processor PowerVR SGX543MP4 includes four cores, while the new A6X includes four core PowerVR SGX554MP4 graphics, a little update of previous chip offering much more powerful graphics. Moreover, the new iPad 4 retains the same amount of RAM as its predecessor (1GB) and the same storage capacity (16, 32 or 64GB) so really the total storage capacity is the same as Apple already offered with the iPad first hit the market in 2010.

The iPad 3 towered overheat to execute tasks such as 3D games. This was something that drew considerable attention since the previous iPad just warmed Does A6X new architecture makes the heat disappear? So it appears that either, but heat is attenuated commpleto has not disappeared.

After a while playing titles like Infinity Blade II Powerful, Real Racing 2 HD and similar games, iPad 4 still feels hot, but not as much as with the iPad 3 and nearly as hot as some generations of iPhone.

This is the difference the Geekbench tests CPU 2 between the iPad, iPad 2, iPad 4 and iPad 4.

geekbench ipad Análisis del iPad 4, Análisis a Fondo

This is the result of JavaScript SunSpider, a test that tries to give an idea of ​​the time required to execute the code heavy websites such as Facebook and Google Docs.

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These tests give us an idea of ​​the advantages of the new processor, although it is more illuminating to see test real situations as boot time, loading web pages or running applications between different versions of iPad: iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5G.

As you can see, the difference is much more when they get to compete alongside each other.

iPad 4: 4G LTE international

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The iPad WiFi + 4 with LTE connectivity has not yet reached the stores, so it has not been able to test the performance of the new chip QualcommMDM9615.

Apple has announced some advantages for the new chipset and new agreements with operators. First, unlike the iPad 3, iPad 4 will have a model available for Sprint in the U.S.. Second, and also unlike the iPad 3 and iPad 4 OF AREA eque model will work with LTE networks worldwide. According to Apple the iPad 4 LTE will run on:

Model A1459: UMTS / HSPA + / DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz) GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), LTE (AWS, 700b MHz) for AT & T, Rogers / Fido, Bell / Virgin and TELUS / Koodo

Model A1460: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz), UMTS / HSPA + / DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz) GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), LTE (2100, 1800, 850, 700c, 1900 MHz) for Verizon, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, EE, KDDI Optus / Virgin, Telstra, Softbank, SK Telecom, KT, SmarTone, M1, SingTel , StarHub.

The iPad 4 keeps the same microSIM card format that the iPad 3 instead of opting for the new Nanosim as Apple has done with the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini. Surely not been changed yet, as in the case of 4 Apple iPad is not so limited in space as with other devices.

iPad 4: FaceTime HD camera

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The iPad 4 maintains the same 5 megapixel camera iSight 1080p Full HD iPad 3, but finally improves front camera. The new FaceTime camera is now a 1.3 megapixel sensor capable of capturing video at 720p. The sensor includes new technologies to improve image quality and also face detection. In the specification sheet iPad 4 we see that the camera is the same that is present in the iPhone 5, iPod Touch 5G, iPad Mini and it is a significant improvement compared with the 0.3 megapixel camera that used the iPad 3.

Improvements are evident in the camera (iPad 3 and iPad 4 left to right in different circumstances).

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Although it may seem a minor update, the new FaceTime HD camera is an important development, especially for people that usually make use of applications like FaceTime, Skype or other video calling applications.

Still, the front camera is not up to the 5-megapixel rear camera, so it will still be relegated to simple functions like making a point or make videollmaadas photo.

iPad: Lightning connector

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The new connector Lightning debuted with the iPhone 5 and soon after came the iPod Touch 5G, iPod Nano 7G and is now also on the iPad and the iPad Mini 4. The Lightning is a connector 8-pin connector fully digital and can be connected in either direction, ie to prove that there will be as in previous connector or USB connector.

Unfortunately, the new connector Lightning is only at one end of the cable, because the other side is still a USB connector. The connectors can withstand Lightning USB 3.0, although that use NAND Flash memory are not able to take advantage of this kind of cable. Apple can not use the Thunderbolt connector in iOS devices, since they do not have the required PCI artiquitectura.

One of the biggest advantages of Lightning connector on the iPhone 5, iPod Touch 5G, iPod Nano 7G and iPad Mini is its thinness. The connector is 80% smaller than the 30-pin dock connector that Apple used previously. Apple literally had to remove the dock connector to make these devices as thin as they have done. In the case of the iPad in April the matter is not so. Apple had to increase the thickness of the iPad 3 against the iPad 2 to feed the Retina display, which remains the biggest obstacle to making the finest iPad 4 and has absolutely nothing to do with the connector.

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Although the iPad 4 is not presently served by Ligtning connector features, Apple has introduced so that in the future can make a 10-inch tablet thinner.

For the iPad 4 the main advantage of having a coenctor Lightning is that it will support the next generation of iOS products accessories. With AirPlay, you can stream music and video wirelessly, WiFi Sync to sync wirelessly, enabling AirPrint to print wirelessly and enabling iCloud backup or move data between devices and the physical connections are not as necessary as they were previously.

From now on all iOS products leaving the Apple campus in Cupertino Lightning lead the new connector and accessory manufacturers that it should be pretty clear. Or make products that are completely wireless or required to adopt the new connector ligthning in their products.

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For those accessories with 30-pin connector and the connector can not be replaced, Apple has begun providing Lightning adapter to 30-pin connector and also there is another Lightning to microUSB adapter to comply with regulations seeking eurpea unify the type of mobile devices charger. In addition, there are also accessories to VGA Lightning and are on track to HDMI adapters Lightning.

iPad 4: battery life

The figures given Apple are on par with those of the iPad 3. That is up to 10 hours of surfing using WiFi, 9 hours of surfing using mobile connectivity and 10 hours of video playback. Take time to know the exact figures iPad 4 with LTE connectivity.

iPad 4: the experience

The default iPad 4 comes with iOS 6 installed. This version of the operating system includes 200 new features. Of course, the iPad does not have the new features related to the phone section and it has no application Pasbook catered for mobility. What this version does include the integration of new maps, Siri, integration with Facebook, share photos streaming, improved Mail and Safari ...

These are just some of the most important of the new version of iOS and the iPad in particular.

iPad 4: Siri

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With iOS 6, Siri is now available on the iPad 3, iPad 4 and also in the iPad Mini, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5G. Apple set the iPhone Siri interface for larger screens and has adjusted so that its interface is similar to the notification center.

Siri for iPad is capable of doing exactly the same things that Siri for iPhone 4S or iPhone 5. You would think that the iPad being profoundly different device to the iPhone, Siri could have other uses, but for now this has not happened.

The main advantage is that Siri offers a much faster way of interaction on the touch screen. For example, it is much faster to speak and transcribe Siri to have to write on the touch screen of the device very good the virtual keyboard.

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Siri is not perfect yet, still too dependent on the Internet connection and in some cases is quite frustrating to. Still, when it does work just as well on an iPhone than an iPad.

iPad 4: Watch

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The original iPad had no bag application, weather, voice memos, compass, calculator or clock. Three years later, most of these applications are still not available natively, but have added at least one: the clock.

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The clock that Apple has decided to include in iOS 6 and therefore the iPad 4 has been licensed from the Swiss railway company, since the design is strikingly similar. The application works just like on the iPhone or iPod Touch, but has an interface more suitable for 9.7-inch screen of the iPad 4.

iPad 4: Maps

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The launch of Apple's iOS Maps 6 was really controversial. The application is not as successful as expected and many are critical of it. Two months after his arrival the application has improved somewhat, but still remains unconvincing. The reason for the arrival of this application is simply to get completely rid of Google in the devices and allow Apple to develop their own services around the maps without need for third.

Jumping Google maps to maps themselves, allows Apple to make certain features could not do otherwise. For example, the new maps are based on vectors thus reducing data consumption and also this new application also has allowed Apple to integrate a navigation system step by step, something that Google Maps could not do. However, constructing a map from scratch, especially ones maps with custom mapping, elegant 3D models and other features that we had become accustomed users require a lot of money, time and resources.

For now, we can say that the jump to Apple Maps Google Maps has lost reliability and also the option to Street View, but won another lake in beauty and functionality. And surely go as time passed, the reliability and the large amount of information from Google Maps also comes to Apple Neuvos Maps.

Possibly the maps on a tablet are not as important as a phone. It is more common to find a route from a phone from a tablet. Perhaps the iPad could be more oriented to organize a trip for themselves. However, the application maps an iPad should be equally prepared and be just as useful as that found on an iPhone.

iPad 4: Integration with Facebook

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iOS 6 features deep integration with Facebook. This means that the iPad 4 is able to share a status update with just a few taps on the screen. In addition, you can also share websites, photos, Game Center information, locations maps, AppSotre applications, content from iTunes or iBook Store and many more actions.

Information contact FaceBook also integrate with contacts. The events and calendars are integrated into the calendar, although this can be disabled directly from the options.

At the moment there is no widget or the like to see the contents of FaceBook. For this it is necessary to resort to the application of social network and from there find all content published our friends in the social network.

iPad 4: guided access

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Guided access to lock the iPad screen in a single application. Turn your iPad into a device for a specific application. Something very useful for certain environments such as education, windows and the like. Certainly a very interesting option and a way to ensure that you will be using the iPad can not access other functionalities.

iPad 4: Apple Retail and iCloud

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We include this category in the analysis, since for many people selling the product as the iCloud service can be an added value to take into account.

Apple stores offer customers the ability to do all sorts of questions about the device before buying or even once purchased. Dependents really know the products they sell and are always happy to help the customer.

Also in case of problems, the official Apple stores usually give fairly quick solutions. If the problem is caused by a manufacturing defect or the like, it is common for a visit to the store the device is changed by a completely new one. Moreover, with the advent of iCloud can leave the store with the new device and containing the old data completely wirelessly. Just need to connect a WiFi network, identify with the iCloud ID and begin the restoration. Within minutes (or hours, depending on the amount of information and the speed of the WiFi network) can be total restoration.

iPad 4: Application Compatibility and accessories

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The iPad 4 is compatible with more than 700,000 applications on the AppStore. Of these, around 275,000 applications are optimized for the iPad screen 4 (which are designed for iPhone are compatible, but really do not have a perfectly matched interface).

The iPad 4 should be compatible with most existing fixtures for iPad 3 due to the extreme similarity of both devices. However, the iPad 4 Lightning carries the new connector so it is possible that some devices that need to be connected via the 30-pin port are not compatible.

It is possible that in some cases these are compatible accessories using a ligthning adapter pin 30 which is available from the Apple Store. For devices with composite video output or component is not supported. Yes it will be with HDMI or VGA devices.

iPad 4: Prices and availability

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The price of the new 9.7-inch iPad 4 are:

  • 16GB WiFi iPad 4: 499 €
  • 32GB WiFi iPad 4: 599 €
  • 64GB WiFi iPad 4: 699 €
  • iPad WiFi + LTE 4 16GB: 629 €
  • iPad WiFi + LTE 4 32GB: 729 €
  • iPad WiFi + LTE 4 64GB: 829 €

The WiFi only model is already available in some countries (among which is Spain) and the model with WiFi + LTE arrive sometime in November.

Buyers Guide

If you currently do not have a tablet and you're thinking of buying one, the iPad is still the device easier to use and best suited to most people. If you consider that the iPad 4 is too large or heavy, you can opt for the iPad Mini. If the iPad 4 is sized, but it's too expensive, you might consider the iPad 2 as an option.

If you currently have an original iPad, the iPad 4 is an update of the most logical. iOS 6 and ligthning connector lead you to the present and also the device is ready for the future. The Retina display quality and the performance increase will be something you'll notice from minute one.

If you have an iPad 2 and doubted when buying an iPad 3 due to performance issues or heat, do not hesitate. The iPad 2 is still a good device, but it becomes more and if you want something new the iPad 4 is the best choice.

If you have an iPad 3 only three reasons to consider purchasing an iPad 4 and none of these reasons is particularly compelling for most people. The iPad 4 has LTE outside the U.S. and Canada, ideal for people who travel a lot and need to be connected to high speed. The iPad 4 provides ligthning the new connector, so you can make use of the new accessories and get rid of the 30-pin cable. A6X processor performs better, although the difference is not too noticeable for now.

If any of this sounds interesting plantearte could change your iPad iPad 3 for 4, although in most cases not be neceario.

iPad 4: competition

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The market for tablets is still largely dominated by the Apple iPad, but the competition is getting strong and more and more opponents to consider. Each has its strengths and weaknesses and each client will see what you really need. These are some of the leading alternatives:

  • Microsoft Surface: a product is somewhere between a tablet and a laptop and if the idea is to replace a netbook could be considered. This product is confusing, but is able to run Microsoft Office so it would be interesting for many users.
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD: if you expect to do with the tablet is consuming content, you live in the U.S. and a customer of Amazon, can be a good alternative to consider.
  • Google Nexus 10: is the first large-screen tablet Google. The Android operating system is more powerful, customizable and flexible than the iPad's iOS, but also is less polished, has few applications optimized for tablets and is more complicated to use.

We hope that this analysis of the features offered by the new iPad 4 helps you weigh between this model, the iPad Mini or any other tablet and if you already have an iPad and you were thinking about buying a new model these words help you to take the correct decision. Of course, the last word you have here.

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