It is mentionable that today’s Apple keynote has come and gone, and unfortunately for all us gamers there was nary a whisper of anything controller or Apple TV related. When the heck is Apple going to officially speak of these controllers!? Anyway, what we did see announced was pretty much what all the rumors had been pointing towards.
But now Apple showed off more of OS X Mavericks, and then in a very surprising but awesome move announced that it would be released today as a free upgrade, even being available for iMacs and MacBooks released as far back as 2007. The iWork suite of apps has received significant overhauls, and again Apple has announced that those apps will be free for customers purchasing a new Mac or iOS device. At last, the meat and potatoes of the keynote was the introduction of the two new iPad models.
However, there is a new full-size iPad which, for the first time since the original iPad’s introduction, significantly changes the overall form factor. It mimics the form of the iPad mini with much smaller side bezels, and of course like any new iteration of an Apple product it’s also thinner and lighter.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the name of the new device, the iPad Air. I remember some of the naming weirdness we have had with the iPad. The original iPad was simply “iPad” while the second generation version was “iPad 2.” Then the third generation iPad was known as “iPad with Retina Display” but then later in the year when the fourth generation version was announced, it went back to being just “iPad.” At least with the iPad Air moniker, we know which version is being talked about. Next up was the new iPad mini. Form factor-wise, it follows closely to the original device that was first released last year.
While, the major upgrade here is that the iPad mini now comes with a 2048 x 1536 resolution Retina Display. This has far and away been the most desired feature for me and many others when it comes to the iPad mini, as the form factor is fantastic but when using a full-size iPad or iPhone which both have Retina Displays and then going back to the iPad mini, it was definitely noticeable that the screen looked much lower resolution.
Moreover, since the iPad mini uses the same resolution as the bit iPad but with a smaller screen, the pixel density will be higher so things should look even sharper on its new screen. [ toucharcade.com ]