Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage in San Francisco today for his second major product launch since taking the reins of Apple from Steve Jobs last year. The new iPad (not the iPad 3 or iPad HD, just the new iPad).
While not exactly revolutionary, the new iPad does sport some pretty cool new features. Foremost among these is the long-awaited retina display. People have been predicting a retina display iPad since Apple introduced the technology in 2010 with the iPhone 4. With the new iPad, we finally have it.
The new iPad’s 2048×1536 display has squeezes a staggering 3.1 million pixels into a 9.7-inch display (which is the same size as the iPad 2). For reference, a 27-inch iMac display is 2560×1440, and your average HDTV is 1920×1080.
The new iPad’s retina display is great news for those who want to edit photos on the go. With iPhoto for iPad, the new iPad’s retina display can handle images up to 19 megapixels and provide users an impressive array of options for tweaking their photos.
Gaming gets a major boost with the new iPad’s retina display, as well. The A5X processor is designed to handle graphics quickly and smoothly. Games like Sky Gamblers and Infinity Blade: Dungeon, which were shown off at the event, will deliver retina display graphics almost immediately. Other game makers will undoubtedly follow suit soon.
What do you think of the iPad’s retina display? Will you be getting a new iPad? Let us know in the comments.