A Primer for Apple's New iPad
A Primer for Apple's New iPad
Announced less than a week ago, Apple's third generation iPad will be shipped across the globe from March 16, Friday. Singapore has been included in the list of countries that will receive the first shipment of the new iPad.
As usual, we did a quick round-up on what's new with the latest iPad, and the accompanying prices. Since then, customers have made their online purchases, and if you were quick, the iPad will make its way into your hands on March 16.
For those who prefer to purchase it with a data plan, the three telcos in Singapore, namely SingTel, StarHub and M1, have also announced their offer. Signing a two-year contract with these telcos will mean a subsidized iPad, but will it really be that cost effective, as compared to buying the iPad from the online Apple Store and pairing it with a multi-SIM plan?
More importantly, do you really need an iPad that won't enjoy LTE speeds, because of the different frequency bands used by Apple and the telcos in Singapore? While the three telcos have announced that the new data plans will come with theoretical speeds of up to 21Mbps, one has to consider the typical speeds that you get, which is a far cry from the promised speeds.
Regardless, if your decision is made, here's a listing of all the news surrounding the iPad for your reference.
3rd Gen. iPad News and Articles
NEWS / 10 Oct 2012
A new report by the Guardian claims that the Apple iPad Mini would not come with cellular connectivity. In addition, Apple is said to be unveiling a modified version of the current iPad with support for 4G in the U.K.
FEATURE / 24 Jun 2012
Ever wondered why the 3rd generation iPad takes longer to charge than its predecessor? Or are you confused about why it charges over the USB port on your Mac at home, but not over the USB port on your work PC? Fret not, this article will explain to you on the finer details of USB charging.
NEWS / 26 Mar 2012
The new iPad requires up to one to two hours of extra charging before it reaches its one full charge cycle due to its inaccurate battery-charge display algorithm, Dr. Rayond M. Soneira from DisplayMate reports.
REVIEW / 24 Mar 2012
Apple's third generation iPad comes with several new features such as a Retina display, A5X processor with quad-core graphics and a 5-megapixel rear camera with advanced optics. Can Apple maintain its lead over the other Android tablets this year? Let's find out.
NEWS / 22 Mar 2012
Comixology has updated its Comics iPad app and introduced CMX-HD support for Retina-optimized comics, The Verge reports.
NEWS / 21 Mar 2012
Besides confirming complaints of the new iPad heating up under heavy usage, Consumer Reports also found that the Apple slate would not charge under heavy loads.
NEWS / 20 Mar 2012
The newest iPad on the block does run a little hotter than its predecessor, 10 degrees more to be exact, according to Tweakers.net.
FEATURE / 16 Mar 2012
Just how much sharper is the new iPad's 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution? We placed it under the lens, alongside the iPad 2 and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and show you the difference in display clarity and quality between these three tablets.
NEWS / 16 Mar 2012
A list of third-party apps that have been upgraded to complement the new iPad's screen has been released to Tech Crunch. Click the jump for more details.
NEWS / 15 Mar 2012
New iPad apps, such as KeyNote and iMovie, have been upgraded to support the 2048 x 1536 Retina Display. Bad news? These apps look to be up to fives times larger in storage, TinHte reports.
FEATURE / 14 Mar 2012
Apple's latest iPad will be offered by the three telcos with a 21Mbps data plan. Should you wish to purchase the iPad with a two-year contract, here's a detailed comparison of the cost that'll be incurred over the two-year period.
NEWS / 14 Mar 2012
StarHub has just made a formal announcement about its upcoming iPad (2012) price plans. The local telco will be subsidizing the new Apple tablet with 21Mbps HSPA+ data plans, priced at S$41.30 per month.
NEWS / 14 Mar 2012
SingTel has also announced a 21Mbps data plan to accompany the new iPad. Customers can order the iPad from SingTel's website from March 16 at 12:01am, and receive it at their doorstep as early as 3am on the same day.
NEWS / 13 Mar 2012
M1 has made a formal announcement about its upcoming iPad (2012) price plans. The local telco will be subsidizing the new Apple tablet with 21Mbps HSPA+ data plans, priced at S$40 per month.
BLOG / 08 Mar 2012
As our resident tablet reviewer read through all the promised hardware upgrades for the new iPad, it's undeniable that the thought of ditching his old iPad for the new one is weighing heavily on his mind. But in less than 15 minutes, he decided against it. Here's why.