Today, Apple unveiled their next generation iPad. Even though there was no revolutionary announcements, a resolutionary announcement was made. The new iPad will sport a new Retina display.
The Retina display on the new iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution, 264 pixels per inch (ppi), 44 percent greater color saturation, and an astounding 3.1 million pixels — in the same 9.7-inch space. That’s four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV. Those pixels are so close together, your eyes can’t discern individual ones at a normal viewing distance.
The new Retina display will be powered by Dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip with quad-core graphics. It will also have 1GB RAM with 10 hours battery life packed in a 650gm machine with 9.2mm thickness.
Can Windows OEMs match the above specs of iPad for Windows 8 tablets ? The answer is Yes. Samsung’s Exynos 5250 SoC based on Cortex-A15 architecture will support a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. Even other chip makers and OEMs like Nvidia and LG are cooking up their own chip-sets to support such resolutions. So, specs wise OEMs will match iPad with Windows 8 hardware.
But is that enough to compete with iPad ? No. The most impressive part of iPad is the 200,000 apps and the $499 price tag. Microsoft should take its best possible effort to court developers for Windows 8 apps. I’m expecting 2000-3000 quality apps at Windows Store when Windows 8 launches later this year. And regarding the price tag, its all in the OEMs hands..
What do you think ?