The idea of a retina display on the iPad has long been talked about. There was suggestion that the iPad 2 would get a retina display but never surfaced due to Apple’s manufacturers struggling with the production and costs associated with such a high resolution screen.
“It’s happening–QXGA, 2048×1536. Panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad]. There’s three suppliers,” Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, said in an interview today. Shim confirmed other reports that cite three companies, Samsung, Sharp, and LGD.”
With reports suggesting the iPad 3 will launch in the first half of 2012 and as early as March it’s not too long before we’ll know. However the reports are highly likely that the iPad 3 will carry a 2048×1536 display after background images of 2048×1536 were found in early versions of iOS 5.
With retailers preparing discounts for the imminent Black Friday, Best Buy has posted a preview of their discounts including $45 off an iPad 2 and $150 off a $1199 MacBook Pro. Black Friday is coming this Friday, November 25th. Many high street retailers and also those online participate on the day so if you want to buy that iPad 2 you’ve been hankering after, Friday would be a good time to do it.
**UPDATE** Apple has now posted a teaser for their Black Friday event, with the following details:
“The special one-day Apple shopping event. This Friday, November 25.
Mark your calendar now, and come back to the Apple Online Store for the special one-day event. You’ll discover amazing iPad, iPod and Mac gifts for everyone on your list.”
The first Apple Retail Store opened 10 years ago today and since opening their very first store Apple haven’t looked back. Now with over 320 stores open worldwide and employing over 30,000 staff, Apple is surely sitting on the crest of their very own self built wave.
To celebrate the retail stores 10th anniversary I thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the products Apple were offering back in 2001 (cutting edge at the time) and some of the items they currently offer in their stores today. There’s also a video of Steve Jobs below giving viewers a sneak peek of the very first Apple Retail Store at¬†Tysons Corner, VA.
Apple Retail Store Product Lineup Comparison – 2001 vs 2010
2011 – 15″ MacBook Pro 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core¬†i7 processor
4GB Memory (expandable to 8GB) 500GB Hard drive (expandable to 750GB or solid state drive up-to 512GB) Screen resolution 1440 x 900
2001 – 15″ PowerBook G4 500MHz PowerPC G4 processor
256MB memory (expandable to 1GB)
20GB Hard drive (expandable to 30GB)
Screen resolution 1152 x 768
2011 – 27″ iMac¬† 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor
4GB memory (expandable to 8GB or 16GB on select models)
1TB Hard drive (expandable to 2TB)
Screen resolution 2560 x 1440
2011 – iPod Touch¬† 64GB Flash drive (max)
Screen resolution – 3.5 inch 960 x 640
Battery – 40 hours play time
User input – Multi-Touch display
2001 – iPod 5GB or 10GB Hard drive
Screen resolution – 2 inch 160 x 128
Battery – 10 hours play time
User input – Click wheel
So there you have it, some of Apple product comparisons from ‘Then’ and ‘Now’.
Technology has come a mighty long way in 10 years, who knows what the next 10 years hold!
Here’s just a few of the products that didn’t even exist in Apple’s portfolio in 2001, and perhaps weren’t even on the agenda apart from a tiny little thought in the mind of Steve Jobs, maybe not even he knew these products were going to exist back in 2001. They don’t need an introduction!
I will leave you with a video of Steve Jobs in 2001 showing off the very first Apple Retail Store…enjoy!
Then you might be interested in these Angry Birds iPad 2 cases from Gear4.
Apparently they protect the back of your iPad 2 and have precision cut-outs for the ports which allows you to use the camera on the rear of your shiny gadget as well as the ability to charge and sync without removing the case. They also have a special formulated coating so as not to scratch your iPad when in use.
You can buy them off the Gear4 website at a cost of $49.99 each or ¬£34.99 if you’re in the UK.
The UK Government have recently proposed to cut Legal Aid in the UK which hasn’t gone down well for obvious reasons. The team behind the Sound Off For Justice campaign have gone ahead and fitted a number of black cabs with iPads so that passengers can record their complaints about the proposed cut and have it sent directly (using the iPads built in 3G) to Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke.
Passengers will also get a free ride within zones 1-2 of the London capital if they sound off and make their opinions heard!