Apple has sold three million of its new iPad, since its launch on Friday, March 16. “The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold?the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s svp of Worldwide Marketing.
“Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday,” Schiller said.
The new iPad features a stunning new Retina display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics, a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video, and still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life* while remaining amazingly thin and light. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G supports ultrafast 4G LTE networks in the US and Canada, and fast networks around the world including those based on HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA.
The new iPad is now available in 24 more countries begining Friday, March 23 through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), in addition to the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands.
Also, some owner of some the new iPad reporting issues with Wi-Fi. The problem seems to affect all models of the new device with both users of the 4G LTE model and the Wi-Fi-only model experiencing poor Wi-Fi reception.
Many forum posters compared Wi-Fi reception with their other iOS devices and MacBooks on the same network:
“My iPad 3rd generation has much worse range than my iPad 1. Two places I use it most My Driveway, and “down the hall at work” iPad 1 (iPhone 4s, and Macbook) all have solid connections. New iPad nothing. not a thing.”
If you consistently encounter issues connecting to a specific Wi-Fi network, try the following steps to resolve your issue, or read the Apple support document KBTS3304 here.
- Open Settings and tap on “General”
- Tap “Network” and tap “Wi-Fi”
- Tap the blue arrow next to the wireless router you are connected to
- At the next screen, tap “Forget this Network”
- Go back to Wi-Fi and rejoin the network you just forgot
- You should now have full reception bars, as visible in the upper left wifi indicator.
If wi-fi is still not working, try this as well:
- From Settings, tap “General” then “Reset”
- Tap “Reset Network Settings”
- Reboot the iPad
- Connect to a wireless network again
Also, DisplayMate’s Raymond Soneira offered a few reasons why the new iPad is a bit hotter than its predecessor:
- Twice the LEDs: That means more heat coming from more LEDs. This is especially a problem at full brightness.
- 2.5X the power needed: The brightness efficiency is lower, because the new iPad has more pixels (which means more transistors) compared to the iPad 2. More pixels and transistors take up more space, meaning less opportunity for light to pass. “So they basically have to blast light through the LCD to make it come out.” Soneira adds: “I measured the LED power at maximum brightness-it’s two and a half times greater than on the iPad 2.”
- Battery generates more juice: The battery has to push out more power. This makes the battery warmer.
- Traditional LCD technology: Sharp’s power-efficient IGZO technology was not ready for the new iPad, which forced Apple to use traditional –and less power efficient– amorphous silicon tech. [To be fair, the older iPads also used this tech. Perhaps Apple was hoping to go 100-percent IGZO to offset the above].
The new iPad comes with a new dual-core A5x processor and quad-core graphics inside. And, the biggest heater in the new iPad remains the new processor that has four graphics cores. During the product’s unveiling, Schiller noted that the new processor provides four times the performance of Tegra 3.
Laptop Mag has posted a video providing the benchmark data. “The quad-core Tegra 3 blew its competitor way as it achieved an overall score of 1,571 to the A5X’s 692. On the integer (1391 to 614), floating point (2408 to 825) and memory subtests (1076 to 784), the Tegra 3 dominated, but the A5X bested it by a small margin of 324 to 266 on the stream subtest.”
Here is the video:
Apple has confirmed that its newly launched iOS-compatible version of iPhoto hit the one-millionth user mark, only 10 days after its release. Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive took particular pride in the app: “The iPhoto app we created for the new iPad completely consumes you and you forget you are using an iPad.”
Also, Angry Brids Space released to iTunes App Store on March 22, 2012 for iOS devices, has been downloaded 10 million times in less than 3 days, Rovio announced.
10 million Angry Birds Space downloads in less than 3 days! Thanks to our fans, stay tuned for more! #angrybirdsspace
Angry Birds (@AngryBirds) March 26, 2012
Angry Birds Space features 60 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction.
- 60 interstellar levels!
- Regular free updates!
- Brand new birds!
- Brand new superpowers!
- Zero-gravity space adventures!
- Trick shots using planets’ gravity!
- New in-app purchases!
- Hidden bonus levels!
- Beautifully detailed backgrounds!
You can download Angry Birds Space for iOS devices from the iTunes App Store.