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Apple launches third-generation iPad with hi-res screen, and iPhoto for iOS

By dpreview staff on Mar 7, 2012 at 19:54 GMT

Apple has unveiled the latest iPad with its highest-ever resolution screen, alongside an iOS app of the iPhoto image processing and management tool. The third-generation iPad will feature a 2048 x 1536 pixel 'Retina' display along with a quad-core graphics processor to power it. It also gains a 5MP back-lit CMOS camera with a five-element f/2.4 lens (a similar spec to the unit in front of the iPhone 4S's 8MP camera). There's also a $5 iPhoto app that allows a series of simple image corrections and sorting options to easily find your best images and get the best out of them.

Sadly there's still no built-in SD card slot to make uploading photos easier - instead you have to buy the Apple plug-in accessory one.

The smallest, 16Gb, WiFi-enabled version will cost $499/£399(inc VAT), with 32Gb versions for $599/£479(inc VAT) and 64Gb versions costing $699/£559(inc VAT). 4G capability will add $130/£100(inc VAT) to the cost.

iPhoto for iOS

iPhoto for iOS is a $4.99 app that increases the photo management and processing capabilities of iOS devices. In addition to the predictable processing filters it also allows local correction and enhancement of photos, by pressing and sliding to adjust properties such as contrast, exposure and saturation. There are no selection tools so, if the software doesn't affect the area you wanted it to, you have the option to use painting tools to adjust contrast, saturation, sharpening or brightness.

All the tools are kept intentionally simple, such as the option to automatically straighten horizons and generate 'photo journals' from a group of selected images, so we don't see it challenging apps such as Snapseed or Photoshop Touch just yet. Click here for more details.


Press Release:

New iPad Features Retina Display, A5X Chip, 5 Megapixel iSight Camera & Ultrafast 4G LTE

SAN FRANCISCO―March 7, 2012―Apple today introduced the new iPad, the third generation of its category defining mobile device, featuring a stunning new Retina display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video. iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G connects to fast networks worldwide, including AT&T’s and Verizon’s 4G LTE networks, and still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life* while remaining amazingly thin and light. Beginning today, iPad 2 will be offered at an even more affordable price starting at just £329 inc VAT.

“The new iPad redefines the category Apple created less than two years ago, delivering the most amazing experience people have ever had with technology,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The new iPad now has the highest resolution display ever seen on a mobile device with 3.1 million pixels, delivering razor sharp text and unbelievable detail in photos and videos.”

The new iPad’s Retina display delivers four times the number of pixels of iPad 2, so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when held at a normal distance, making web pages, text, images and video look incredibly sharp and realistic. The 3.1 million pixels in the Retina display are more than one million more pixels than an HD TV, and with 44 percent increased colour saturation the new iPad displays colours that are unbelievably richer, deeper and more vivid. Movies are now capable of playing at full 1080p HD-resolution, delivering an incomparable viewing experience on a mobile device.

The powerful new A5X chip with quad-core graphics was specifically designed by Apple to deliver a fast, responsive user experience while supporting the incredible Retina display. With double the graphics performance of the A5 chip, the A5X provides a superb balance between performance and power efficiency so users can enjoy all the benefits of the stunning new display while experiencing a smooth Multi-Touch interface, immersive gameplay, incredible visual depth and all-day battery life that iPad is known for delivering.

The 5 megapixel iSight camera features advanced optics for taking stunning pictures and recording full HD video. Backside illumination allows you to take great photos in low-light conditions and a new video image stabilisation feature removes the bumps and shakes typically seen when filming with a hand-held device. Images can be enjoyed on the large Retina display, then edited, enhanced and easily shared with friends and family using the built-in Photos app on iPad. 

iPad Wi-Fi + 4G with built-in next generation 4G LTE has the most comprehensive support for fast networks worldwide including HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA, and now both CDMA and GSM iPad users have the ability to easily roam internationally. The world-ready iPad delivers blazing download and upload speeds so web pages load incredibly quickly and email with large attachments can be sent and received easily. Personal Hotspot can be used to share the fast network connection on your iPad with up to 5 other devices using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB**.

With iOS 5.1, the latest update to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, the new iPad has a number of new features and enhancements including: a redesigned Camera app with video stabilisation technology; the ability to delete photos from Photo Stream; support for dictation in English, French, German and Japanese; and Personal Hotspot. iOS 5.1 also works seamlessly with iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services including iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that works seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content and push it to your devices. When content changes on one of your devices, your other devices are updated automatically.

The new iPad also supports dictation, another amazing way to get things done just using your voice. Instead of typing, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard, then say what you want to say and the new iPad listens. Tap done, and iPad converts your words into text. You can use dictation to write messages, take notes, search the web and more. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can update your Facebook status, tweet, or write Instagram captions.

Apple also introduced the iPhoto app, along with major updates to iMovie and GarageBand, completing its suite of iLife apps for iOS. iLife and the iWork apps, Pages, Keynote and Numbers, have all been updated to take advantage of the new iPad Retina display. iPhoto includes breakthrough Multi-Touch features so you can use simple gestures to sort through hundreds of photos and find your best shots, enhance and retouch your images using fingertip brushes and share stunning photo journals with iCloud. iMovie now gives you the ability to create amazing Hollywood-style trailers as you record HD video, and GarageBand introduces Jam Session, an innovative and fun new feature that allows a group of friends to wirelessly connect to play instruments and record music together live on their iOS devices.

iPad runs almost all of the over 585,000 apps available on the App Store, including more than 200,000 native iPad apps, from a wide range of categories, including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. The iTunes Store puts the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store at your fingertips with a catalog of over 20 million songs, over 90,000 TV episodes and over 15,000 movies. The new iBooks 2 app for iPad lets users experience an entirely new kind of ebook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks created with Apple’s new iBooks Author offer gorgeous, fullscreen ebooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more.

Pricing & Availability

The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white on Friday, March 16 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPad will also be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16. Customers can begin pre-ordering their new iPad today, and the incredible iPad 2 is now offered at a more affordable price of $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and just $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

iOS 5.1 and iTunes 10.6 are available today as free software updates. iPhoto, iMovie 1.3 and GarageBand 1.2 are available today for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store (www.itunes.com/appstore). Keynote 1.6, Pages 1.6 and Numbers 1.6 are available today for $9.99 (US) each from the App Store. Updates are available for free to existing customers. By the end of March iPad will be available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
**Personal Hotspot requires supporting data plan. Customers should check with their carrier for availability.

Comments

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herbiecook
By herbiecook (Mar 8, 2012)

Hope the SmugMug app for the iPhone is available for the new iPad3.

0 upvotes
Jan Privat
By Jan Privat (Mar 8, 2012)

I hope SmugMug will some day be supported by AppleTV!

1 upvote
lightandday
By lightandday (Mar 8, 2012)

My partner has just acquired a Ipad 2 - don't let on why !!

dpreview - "speel tjecq raqirreed pollise"

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Mar 8, 2012)

It would be perfect if it had a HDMI in. I would just buy it as a monitor/EVF.

1 upvote
Stephen Brenner
By Stephen Brenner (Mar 8, 2012)

That would be a no brainer. Add usb tethering and you could have some incredible camera control as well on the same amazing screen. Maybe that same screen technology will show up in some other product from a more forward thinking company.

4 upvotes
David Hurt
By David Hurt (Mar 8, 2012)

It's already there. The TOSHIBA Thrive - has Full-size USB, Mini-USB, full size SD card slot & a HDMI port. iPad for me? NEVER!! I'm buying the New ACER Iconia Tab 10. A200, 16GB. It has all the same features as the Thrive except the HDMI port. Also the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 blows the iPad away!!

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Patco
By Patco (Mar 8, 2012)

"Add usb tethering and you could have some incredible camera control as well on the same amazing screen."
You mean something like this?:
http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/dslr-camera-remote/

1 upvote
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 8, 2012)

"the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 blows the iPad away!!"

Come on... With a lowly WXGA screen?

0 upvotes
NinpouKobanashi
By NinpouKobanashi (Mar 8, 2012)

@David Hurt.

HDMI out != HDMI in. Most of the devices have HDMI out.
Also, I can't actually believe you'd compare an iPad vs. a Galaxy Tab.

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LaFonte
By LaFonte (Mar 8, 2012)

So what is new from the ipad 2 I have? Sharper screen and the GPU to run it?

Definitely no reason to upgrade, but otherwise nice tablet.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Mar 8, 2012)

I'm.... impressed. Bravo, Apple.

Not buying though. :))

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Peter too
By Peter too (Mar 8, 2012)

Can I use it to drive my 7D running EOS Utility? If so it would be very useful for macro photography and photography where access is difficult e.g. the underside of mushrooms. It could be used as a super swivel screen.

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Mar 8, 2012)

Not if the iOS is similar to previous incarnations. To use it as a remote screen, you'd have to tether to a laptop first then run a separate app to get wireless live- and post-view.

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MediaDigitalVideo
By MediaDigitalVideo (Mar 8, 2012)

I hate the reflection of the surface of those screens. Sorry Apple.

4 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Mar 8, 2012)

You can easily get an anti-reflective screen protector for it. But frankly, I've never had anyone have any problem with the screen. It's like looking at a glossy photo.

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Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Mar 8, 2012)

It's probably a must for haptic touch technology (don't quote me on this). Do any tabs have matte screens?

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 8, 2012)

"It's probably a must for haptic touch technology (don't quote me on this)."

1. No haptics in iPad 3

2. Glossy is needed for the best rendering. AG coating sucks in many cases.

"Do any tabs have matte screens?"

Some low-cost Chinese cr@p tablets.

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AndyML
By AndyML (Mar 9, 2012)

I believe it may also be a durability thing. Not sure though. Does Gorilla Glass come in matte?

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T3
By T3 (Mar 8, 2012)

An awesome photography portfolio device just got better. Also cool is that the iPad 2 has dropped $100 in price. I think they are going to sell a ton of iPad 2's just because of the price drop.

4 upvotes
pedrojoper
By pedrojoper (Mar 8, 2012)

Why is this on dpreview? Are they gonna cover every smartphone and tablet announced or just the ones from a particular brand? If they're sponsored by that brand they should make that clear, if not it makes no sense!

I really like this site, watch it almost daily since 2006 and it's the first time I write something negative about it. I think the iPad 3 is a great tablet but shouldn't be featured on this site!

10 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Mar 8, 2012)

A lot of photographers use the iPad. It's probably the best portable portfolio display device on the planet. Plus, there are tons of great photography-related apps for the iPad because so many photographers use the iPad. So it seems natural for the iPad to be discussed on a photography site.

7 upvotes
MIKE GG
By MIKE GG (Mar 8, 2012)

... it can show pictures?

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Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Mar 8, 2012)

Hey Pedro, we're exploring ways to better segment the homepage so that those not interested in topics like this aren't necessarily forced to see them. We know most of you are here for reviews and news about cameras and more generally, photography information, so we'll always try to do the best job we can at delivering that content. But at the same time, we get a lot of requests to cover other types of technology like tablets due to their use in photography, so it is a bit of a balancing act. Either way, we appreciate the feedback, positive or negative, keep it coming. :)

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herbiecook
By herbiecook (Mar 8, 2012)

Hi Scott,
Just keep the info coming. DP does a super job as 99% of my photo and new tech items are through you. Thanks

3 upvotes
rallyfan
By rallyfan (Mar 8, 2012)

At the last sporting event I attended, there were pro videographers and photographers but they were the minority, and I doubt they sold all that much; there was a sea of people taping and photographing with Apple i-devices. Note not tablets and mobile phones; iPads and iPhones specifically.

The photo and video performance of these devices is also relevant in that even those (few?...) that still use conventional cameras can also use the Apple devices for on-site storage, processing, etc.

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sglewis
By sglewis (Mar 8, 2012)

pedrojoper - Perhaps because it's a camera, and with a $5 download a full featured editing suite.

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Toddles
By Toddles (Mar 8, 2012)

Dpreview is a great website! Great stuff, you don't have to agree to everything on it. Be open minded, makes life easier.

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Delacosta
By Delacosta (Mar 8, 2012)

I have the wonderful iRony app that does my laundry! (gushes)

3 upvotes
MadDawgJ
By MadDawgJ (Mar 8, 2012)

FYI: ShutterSnitch is having a sale in anticipation of the new iPad and the app is already updated to Retina graphics for it. I can't wait to shoot to the iPad and see the images in Retina quality on the big iPad screen. This is going to be a great device for photogs. I can't wait for mine.

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AndyML
By AndyML (Mar 8, 2012)

Do you use it with a grip or Eye-Fi? I'm curious how this app performs with an Eye-Fi in a CF adapter.

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MadDawgJ
By MadDawgJ (Mar 8, 2012)

I use both, but usually the Eye-Fi in a CF adapter. Make sure you get one of the adapters that have been shown to work with your camera and the card. Amazon caries some that work great in my 5D MkII

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Ithackermike
By Ithackermike (Mar 8, 2012)

Im enjoying the Android fanboys trolling the iPad announcement. Android is catching up. They will always be...... catching up. I enjoy my co-workers talking about how much better android is-- 2yrs after Apple invented the market.

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T3
By T3 (Mar 8, 2012)

Rather than worrying about 'catching up', some of us just want to use a device that is established, consistent, reliable, and standardized. Android tablets are so fractured, inconsistent, and scatter shot. Who wants to deal with that? I can hand an iPad to anyone, and they'll know how to use it because the iPad has basically become the standard for tablets. It makes life easier.

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Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Mar 8, 2012)

All the nerds in my office who shove Android phones in my face to show me how they've reskinned the UI with a Dragon Ball theme, still live with their moms. Some of them are forty years old. I just wish Shatner was there to point at them and say, You, in the front! Have you ever... kissed... a woman?

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pompous
By pompous (Mar 8, 2012)

Don't you mean IT'S Apple playing catch up, the Galaxy has had a higher res screen and a 8 megapixel camera compared to iPad2 for a year already, and the yet to be announced new version of the Galaxy will very soon trump iPad3, just wait and see.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 8, 2012)

"Don't you mean IT'S Apple playing catch up, the Galaxy has had a higher res screen and a 8 megapixel camera compared to iPad2 for a year already, and the yet to be announced new version of the Galaxy will very soon trump iPad3, just wait and see."

You forgot to mention the Galaxy Tab Note 10.1, announced at MWC, still uses a lame WXGA screen...

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pompous
By pompous (Mar 8, 2012)

I'd rather the Galaxy Note 10.1 with it's pressure sensitive Wacom stylus, ideal electronic notebook. There's a comparision chart why the Galaxy Note 10.1 is better than any iPad.

http://cdn.androidcommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Screen-Shot-2012-03-07-at-3.39.31-PM-540x410.png

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sglewis
By sglewis (Mar 8, 2012)

Are you SURE that's a comprehensive comparison chart?

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migus
By migus (Mar 8, 2012)

"2yrs after Apple invented the market"
I have neither apple nor android tablets (nor phones). However, apple can't claim many actual inventions - technically. Marketing, yes - it's an amazing phenomenom, bordering on religious. They made it easy and trendy to use technology. What i dislike about them to some degree, is having transformed users into consumers.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 8, 2012)

"Are you SURE that's a comprehensive comparison chart?"

Lolz... Android fanboys "forgot" to, for example, compare the screen resolution. In which iPad 3 is WAY better.

Third-party app support etc. is also "mysteriously" missing from the article... So much for being "unbiased".

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akjos
By akjos (Mar 8, 2012)

Wow, its all nice , BUT, STILL no usb or sd card slot?? really? Im on the road ALL the time and despite what cell phone service providers make you believe , in LOT of places i have very questionable mobile internet connection, unless im close to bigger cities... I used mb pro 13" for 10 months now every day, mostly for email, skype, browsing, occasional photoshop and especially watching movies to kill some time.... With inability to connect external 1 TB HD or at least being able to pop in high capacity SD card, its pretty much useless to me. I waited and waited and hoped apple would listen and at least gave up SOME on extremely proprietary solution giving us at least darn usb port. I guess its too much to ask for. Im almost kind of happy to soon ditch my MBpro ( always a pc user anyways ) and firing up a loaded 17" asus ROG beast. WHile i enjoyed extensive time with my MBpro ,dont think ill miss apple much ...

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MadDawgJ
By MadDawgJ (Mar 8, 2012)

So buy the Camera Connection kit and have both USB and an SDHC card reader.

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akjos
By akjos (Mar 8, 2012)

Camera kit does exactly that, connects a CAMERA . While there might me some external HD's that this kit will read , it doesnt support it natively , and therefore it will always have questionable reliability if one gets it to work at all. I dont really have time and money to deal with something as stupid as plain old ubs port support is... If someone in retail store actually showed me it works , id be interested, otherwise, im not playing beta tester for apple.

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patriciosfo
By patriciosfo (Mar 8, 2012)

akjos... you seems very savvy with forums (where you can find answers) your reasoning of not finding out if it works with your setup is something I cannot comprehend. Does your camera have 100% of what you want in a camera? If so great, but if it doesn't I'm sure you'll find out a work around.

You have the time to write something on this forum. Maybe you can spend it finding out if the connector kit works.

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LaFonte
By LaFonte (Mar 8, 2012)

Hold your horses, apple always emphasized the minimalistic design so if you expected sd or any new connector you are a bit delusional.

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Lucas_
By Lucas_ (Mar 8, 2012)

The Sony Tablet S I have has both a mini USB port and an SD card slot built-in! That helps a lot in loading and/or storing photos and any other files, without overloading the internal memory

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rallyfan
By rallyfan (Mar 8, 2012)

Adding USB to such a device would be regressive, not a sign of progress. There are other devices that I am sure have the USB connections necessary for what you need.

It's not that kind of party.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 8, 2012)

"The Sony Tablet S I have has both a mini USB port and an SD card slot built-in! That helps a lot in loading and/or storing photos and any other files, without overloading the internal memory"

Just jailbreak to be able to use an external USB drive or card as mass storage...

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Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Mar 7, 2012)

Good for portfolios - useless for travelling as a backup of files. Of course it is the same price as a 5D3 or D800 grip. Your money.

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AndyML
By AndyML (Mar 8, 2012)

That is like saying a refrigerator is good for keeping my food chilled, but useless for doing my laundry.

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Mar 8, 2012)

5D3 is $3,500. Besides, if you want portable backup there are ohter solutions - that is not the best use of an iPad and not what it's meant for. So don't buy one if it doesn't meet your needs.

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NetMage
By NetMage (Mar 9, 2012)

Sell me your $499 5D3, please. heck, I'll even take your $829 one.

But don't expect $2671 in P&H.

0 upvotes
HaroldC3
By HaroldC3 (Mar 7, 2012)

I still find the ipad1 to be a great deal. The battery lasts forever! Sub-$300 ipad1's here we come!

1 upvote
D200_4me
By D200_4me (Mar 7, 2012)

I'm still liking Android better...mostly because it's more open. Apple seems to lock you into Apple. For example, can you get an iPad with a memory card expansion slot? No. Want more memory?...spend a few hundred more :-( At least some of the Android tablets have expansion slots for extra memory. Not all though.

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tonywong
By tonywong (Mar 7, 2012)

Too bad Android devices aren't as well thought out as Apple devices. Even the infamous Ice-Cream Sandwich update has been pretty lackluster. Have an iPad2, ordered a Transformer Prime plus all the goodies last month. I ordered an iPad (3) and I'm going back to iOS.

iPad has better battery life and a smoother overall experience than Android tablets. Android tablets are pretty rough still...Apple still had them beat with the iPad 2 and now their next tablet is coming.

The only thing that Android has going for it is open hardware, multitasking and an unfettered store, but those need lots of work still.

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Eric Hensel
By Eric Hensel (Mar 7, 2012)

"The only thing that Android has going for it is open hardware, multitasking and an unfettered store" Exactly ;) Android may be a little rough, but you can do more --the way you want.

6 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (Mar 7, 2012)

No doubt its hardware apple devices are quality, but android has much more going for it than you think, the gap is closing fast.

How about Flash support =) Internet without flash is like...boring
Or the ability to watch any movies (MKV etc) without having to convert it to "APPLE" supported format.
Lastly Freedom from Itunes I know you all want that.
So android does have more things going for it, to each their own I guess, however freedom always comes at a cost - more risk.

It makes sense if you have already "invested" in the apple lifestyle (which is exactly what they want you to do), so your locked in with Proprietary peripherals and extra's and apps that work only on one BRAND, unconfigurable look and feel, user interface. Got an IPAD2, was dissapointed by the quality of screen and just general usability of the IOS. Preferred the usability and options on my HTC smart phone to be honest, but everyone has different needs I guess.

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aarond
By aarond (Mar 7, 2012)

Android really has going for it the only thing that matters (or that should matter); they don't attempt to set policy on a computing device that you paid for and are the owner of.

Apple is irrelevant in the same way conservative govn'ts are. Any redeeming qualities are rendered moot by the fact that they can't mind their own business.

3 upvotes
costinul_ala
By costinul_ala (Mar 8, 2012)

obviously the only thing new is the display which I hope to trigger an epidemic in screen resolution on computers. A 4.65 inch display with 1200+ pixels (nexus) and now this!
For the rest it is business as usual. A shiny annoying itunes device full of features that pass as innovations in the world of apples

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MIKE GG
By MIKE GG (Mar 8, 2012)

yea thats what i thought... open,,, and then i bought an android tablet and played with it... android is a pain... its web browsers suck. its barely cheaper than a damn ipad...

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Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Mar 8, 2012)

Never heard of jailbreaking?

0 upvotes
LaFonte
By LaFonte (Mar 8, 2012)

My galaxy 7" samsung discharge on sleep in 2 days by itself. The ipad can stay on sleep for weeks without battery drainage. So there is something about those apple people.

1 upvote
aarond
By aarond (Mar 8, 2012)

Baxter: People who argue jailbreaking (who overwhelmingly consider themselves tech-savvy) are really proving that they truly don't understand the damage Apple is doing to the computing landscape.

Quite literally, jailbreaking says: "I don't agree with what you are doing, but I'll give you my money to keep doing it anyway."

If consumers throw away what little power they have (voting with their wallets), then what chance does that give us in the future?

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 8, 2012)

""The only thing that Android has going for it is open hardware, multitasking and an unfettered store" Exactly ;) Android may be a little rough, but you can do more --the way you want."

Just jailbreak...

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 8, 2012)

"Quite literally, jailbreaking says: "I don't agree with what you are doing, but I'll give you my money to keep doing it anyway."

If consumers throw away what little power they have (voting with their wallets), then what chance does that give us in the future?"

he problem with this is that iPads have vastly superior hardware (third party app support) compared to Android devices. That is, it'd be too much a sacrifice to get an Android tablet instead.

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aarond
By aarond (Mar 8, 2012)

@Menneisyys:
1) The following statement doesn't make any sense:

"iPads have vastly superior hardware (third party app support)"

Either you don't understand the common usage of parentheses, or you don't understand technology.

2)
Apple products don't have "vastly superior hardware". All tablets/phone are basically playing perpetual catch-up, so Android devices have better hardware 50%, apple has the other 50%. The difference with Android is actually having a choice of devices, not accepting the "one size fits all" approach. The hardware in most devices released in the last 2 years is capable of running the majority of apps out there, on either platform.

3)
All that aside, and assuming Android were technically inferior product, you are still supporting corrupt/malicious computing practices. Explain it away all you want, don't come crying when they start doing the same on you desktop/laptop computer.

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AndyML
By AndyML (Mar 8, 2012)

I like this walled garden. It has everything that most people, including myself, need in this type of device. It's a wall that is keeping garbage out, not the good things from coming in. You, being the exception, can be the minority that purchases Android. To each their own.

Apple isn't changing the computing world to a restricted one because they can't and don't care to restrict other companies from having an open platform. They could care less what other companies are doing because they only care about making a safe and efficient end-user environment and will do what it takes to achieve that. It works, and millions of people would rather have that over an open environment.

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aarond
By aarond (Mar 8, 2012)

>"I like this walled garden"
You do realize that android, BB, and users of just about every other platform have audited "app stores" too, right?

>"It's a wall that is keeping garbage out, not the good things from coming in."

That's right, I forgot, there are no garbage apps for iDevices ...

>"You, being the exception, can be the minority that purchases Android."

Android is not the exception. It is the dominant OS in terms of mobile marketshare. Apple users are full of themselves (and other stuff too).

>"They could care less what other companies are doing"

You are right there, they COULD care a whole lot less. As it is, they are infinitely concerned with what other companies are doing. It's why they file so many lawsuits.

>"millions of people would rather have that over an open environment"

Millions of people smoke cigarettes, are racist, are homophobic, cheat on their spouses, and drive drunk.
Millions of people are idiots.

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AndyML
By AndyML (Mar 8, 2012)

aarond,

The 'audited' app stores of other OS devices either have an extremely limited selection (BB), or aren't audited closely enough (Android). Google has a lot more malicious apps slipping through its cracks than anyone else.

Also, I'm referring to tablets, therefore yes, the majority prefer Apple. Go ahead and replace "millions" with "majority" on that one, too.

The lawsuits are for patents, intellectual property, not open environment. Re-read what I wrote. You completely jumped off topic on that one. Maybe I should have written my post in crayons to keep your attention a little better. After all, you like to take the childish approach of name calling.

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AndyML
By AndyML (Mar 8, 2012)

And if you want to play that game...

."Any redeeming qualities are rendered moot by the fact that they can't mind their own business."

Apple does mind their own business. It's called "Apple." They get to control the environment in Apple, because it is their business.

>"Quite literally, jailbreaking says:..."

Do we need to go over the definition of literally?

>"If consumers throw away what little power they have (voting with their wallets), then what chance does that give us in the future"

So you're mad that the votes people are casting are not the ones you want? It is exactly that, people want Apple's environment.

>"The hardware in most devices released in the last 2 years is capable of running the majority of apps out there, on either platform."

With the exception of the most important piece of software... the OS. Apple has consistently supported OS upgrades for 2 years back. Android you're lucky to stay current for 9 months.

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aarond
By aarond (Mar 9, 2012)

Much of what I said is in the context of jailbreaking, and the belief that this somehow "frees" the user. My point here is very clear:

Jailbreaking a product indicates that you dislike the restrictions the manufacturer has placed on you, whereas the purchase and continued use of those products sends a contradictory signal.
Users who are discontent but refuse to support alternatives are simply helping apple in their quest to squash competition (enter the lawsuits).

On top of that, I am sharing valid points for not supporting A.

You and the millions like you are free to do as you please, which is great, so long as we can both choose.
You happen to like most of the qualities about your iDevices. Lucky, because you don't have a choice. This is my problem, and nothing anyone has said, or will say, changes a thing. If I write an app for the ipad today and want to share it with you, how will I do so?

Apparently links are "swear words" here, but android tablet marketshare is on the rise.

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aarond
By aarond (Mar 9, 2012)

> "Apple does mind their own business. It's called "Apple." They get to control the environment in Apple, because it is their business."

Im sorry, but I can't understand how you fail to see the difference between minding your own business, and making everything your business.

The iPad is a general purpose computer, not some closed appliance. (if you disagree, take it up with Cory Doctorow. The majority of what follows has come from some of his recent talks.) The walled garden in and of itself is fine, but two things don't sit right with people who are accustomed to actually OWNING the things they purchase:

1) Apple sets policy that the walled garden cannot be ignored, removed, or circumvented. They tie the hands of the user.

2) The aforementioned policy also ties the hands of any potential developers for the same reason.

This is akin to the old "he who would trade freedom for security..." argument.

Anyway, I've said my piece. Agree to disagree. Hopefully someone gets the point.

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NetMage
By NetMage (Mar 9, 2012)

Locked boot loader. Root. Sound familiar?

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AndyML
By AndyML (Mar 9, 2012)

@aarond,

Your blogger friend's argument becomes invalid right away by saying the iPad is a general purpose computer. It's not. He doesn't get to say it is. Apple does. Just because it's an electronic with an interface doesn't mean it has to abide by made up general purpose computing 'laws'.

Using your verbage, Apple *is* making an appliance, and people love it.

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aarond
By aarond (Mar 10, 2012)

1) He is not my friend. I know who he is because of #2.

2) he is much more that a "blogger" (the derisive intent behind that term didn't go unnoticed). He's an accomplished author, activist, journalist, AND editor at boingboing. He has worked with the EFF, given many talks at tech conferences and has a pretty good understanding of the current technological landscape (as do I). On the other hand, you clearly do not understand the meaning of the term "general purpose computer". Had you bothered to listen to any of his talks (the reason I name-dropped; I figured it couldn't hurt to educate a few people) you would have been handed a clear and simple definition.

Here's the gist:
It's not something that the manufacturer can dictate (at least, not AFTER building it). Stick a processor, ram, and storage together with IO? it's a GPC. YOU can call it what you want, it doesn't change the inherent properties of the device - you need SOFTWARE to do that.

ipad == GPC.

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aarond
By aarond (Mar 10, 2012)

@netMage:

Android isn't perfect, it's just the best option we have. Also, it's not so much the OS, but greedy/controlling carriers and manufacturers. Baby steps...

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Jogger
By Jogger (Mar 7, 2012)

im using AdBlock with the tag *iPad* so i dont have to witness the corporate shilling

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Rambler358
By Rambler358 (Mar 7, 2012)

Yet you'll respond to anything iPad related? :-/

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epo001
By epo001 (Mar 8, 2012)

You seem a little dense so I'll point out that this site is *entirely* about commercially available products produced by companies and corporations, so it is all in fact "corporate shilling" if you wish to think of it like that. Also your filter is useless as you seemed to have latched onto this item anyway.

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Mar 8, 2012)

So you're going to block the entire site? Because by your definition, everything they review would be "corporate shilling".

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zoran555
By zoran555 (Mar 7, 2012)

Seems as most of you don't read on your mobile devices so you can't appreciate the high ppi (or are just old/farsighted).
I'm very thankful for Apple pushing high ppi displays. Popularizing and driving prices down with insane volumes.

Though I would not touch (never mind buying) an Apple device with a ten foot pole over the internet.
Will wait till the competition gets out with similar res displays.
The PPI is actually the only thing missing from my obsolete phone and relatively newish, but already 2 generations behind, tablet (HD2 and Transformer).

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DanCart
By DanCart (Mar 7, 2012)

I really dont get it, why is it that Apple refuse to add an SD card slot to their device ? Its a joke in this day and age that you have to start fiddling with plug in accesories to transfer photos, come on Apple show some common sense !

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EchoCharlie
By EchoCharlie (Mar 7, 2012)

Greed is driving this idea not to add an SD slot for the convenience of its users.

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pdelux
By pdelux (Mar 7, 2012)

$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Umm so you have to buy their proprietary devices using their "apple connection", then be locked into your investment for future devices. It didnt work for sony in the 80's with their proprietary headphones/connectors. It doesnt offer anything that USB doesnt.

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patriciosfo
By patriciosfo (Mar 7, 2012)

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC531ZM/A

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AndyML
By AndyML (Mar 8, 2012)

Their logic is to make a product for 90% of the population and have a dongle available for the 10% than force ports which increase size, weight, and cost on everyone. I believe the greed is on your end.

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MadDawgJ
By MadDawgJ (Mar 8, 2012)

You cannot make it the size it is and have an internal SD Card reader. Also most users don't want one anyway. My CF Card won't fit, so I don't want one.

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way2trivial
By way2trivial (Mar 8, 2012)

@pdelux (stupid one tier reply system)

I was a major Sony fan in the 80's and what are you talking about?

The only devices I can think of with proprietary headphone connections were the mini-disc players. If you wanted the remote/on the cord controls (which reasonably would be proprietary as there was no 'standard' for that feature)
BUT-- they still accepted standard headphones-- the extra bit wasn't mandatory to use it...

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Mar 8, 2012)

they dont put it because Apple boys buy it anyway.

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pdelux
By pdelux (Mar 8, 2012)

@ way2trivial -
where are these headphones now? long gone replaced by the universally brand independant headphone jack

Many of the Hifi systems, speaker connectors not only proprietary sony, but not even compatible with other sony stereos - also gone in favour of standard speaker connection.

Remember the proprietary minidisc?? replaced by the standard CD which is still around.
Proprietary ATRAC - gone with MD
and more recently - SONY memory stick, hanging in there but, even sony products are abandoning it in droves in favour of SD standard

The lesson is: If you dont conform to the universally accepted standards that were designed to for compatibility across multiple brands/devices, you will ultimately fail.

I am impressed by Apples designs but disappointed by their business strategy. All companies need to make money, but it should be through innovation and good products, not by trapping your customers for profit.

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NetMage
By NetMage (Mar 9, 2012)

If you don't think Apple is the most innovative consumer company currently, you are out of touch with today's products.

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jak2
By jak2 (Mar 9, 2012)

Own 2 DSLRs but don't own an SD card. There are so many Apple devices out in the marketplace with that proprietary connection Apple uses and third-party adapters galore abound. If you want to use it for uploading, how big a deal is that really? Regardless of Apple's motivations, if you want to use that SD for additional on-board device memory, the card would ideally need to be fully embedded into the iPad which is too much internal real estate most likely anyway. If there wasn't a zillion or so of those Apple sockets out there, this proprietary connection would frustrate me too but that is not the case. I have gone full circle... started with an Apple II, switched PC to not be locked-in, still using Win7 64 bit desktop but now find myself returning to Apple (phone, pad thus far) because I am tired of some of the issues around an "open" computer ecosystem. I see it as a pick your poison proposition, I'll live with the shortcomings over the freeforall going on in the name of "open".

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mauro paillex
By mauro paillex (Mar 7, 2012)

Don't need it! I'm a photographer!

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T3
By T3 (Mar 8, 2012)

It's probably the best portable device on the planet for photographers to show off their portfolio of images.

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Mar 8, 2012)

I happen to personally know quite a few pro photographers that use one.

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derfla1949
By derfla1949 (Mar 7, 2012)

dpreview is increasingly disappointing.
Press releases and marketing hype instead of reviews of cameras and lenses.

The last in-depth review of a lens dates from?
The last in-depth review of a camera dates from?

Please, please, think it over.

dpreview not so long ago was a valuable source of information.
dpreview today is rapidly losing value.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Mar 7, 2012)

I am the news editor. I don't write review (though I do write some of the previews). Reviewer time wasn't diverted to prepare this story - no reviews were harmed in the making of this report.

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artnaz
By artnaz (Mar 7, 2012)

Agree about the lenses, but I think they do an excellent job with the cameras. There reviews are real "in-depth", and that's time consuming. And I don't think it really takes too long.

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Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Mar 7, 2012)

To answer your question, the last in-depth review was 8 days ago. As for lens reviews, we've been transparent about the fact that they were on hold, but we're in the process of getting them going again.

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Martin Kulhavy
By Martin Kulhavy (Mar 8, 2012)

Looking forward to see some more lens review.

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J Parker
By J Parker (Mar 8, 2012)

Also, in fairness to dpreview, they are an excellent review resource not only for current cameras, but for just about every digital camera made in the last decade (I use a lot of older digital cameras made before the the megapixel race got out of hand -- i.e. the Sony DSC S85 -- an f2.0 to 2.5 lens and very decent image quality -- my $15 street camera).

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Mar 8, 2012)

Well, they have to keep the newsfeed rolling...

In-depth reviews do take time, for both lenses and cameras. So I kind of understand the DPR guys here. Maybe it's just that in this speed-addicted world, people have less patience...

But I do agree on having more lens reviews from all brands! :D

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Pchai
By Pchai (Mar 9, 2012)

i wonder if it can store RAW and can the RAW file be transfer to my computer later on?

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NetMage
By NetMage (Mar 9, 2012)

Yes, but not processed on the iPad. And I think it requires iTunes to get them off.

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Martin Crombie Photography

Still cannot load CS5 on it - waste of time toy.

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Hughesnet
By Hughesnet (Mar 7, 2012)

You can't load it on it. But you an access CS5 on your home machine via logmein without trouble.

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T3
By T3 (Mar 8, 2012)

So *any* device that can't load CS5 is a "waste of time toy"?

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NetMage
By NetMage (Mar 9, 2012)

Must make those DSLRs pretty worthless then!

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ScottRH
By ScottRH (Mar 7, 2012)

I have an IPad 2 and it makes me money. I will be buying this version also. Perfect companion to pro DSLRs.

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Neodp
By Neodp (Mar 7, 2012)

How?

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MadDawgJ
By MadDawgJ (Mar 8, 2012)

Same here, plus I no longer have to lug and set up my MacBook Pro, the iPad is so much more portable. I really don't need any more weight in the camera bag.

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Lan
By Lan (Mar 8, 2012)

How?

I've heard they make a very shiny drinks tray; so maybe he serves cocktails on it?

Otherwise, they are reasonably solid; so maybe he mugs people with it?

Or he might use it for some miscellaneous photographic use or another; but I'll admit that's pretty unlikely ;)

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T3
By T3 (Mar 8, 2012)

Plenty of us photographers use the iPad when meeting with clients. It's an excellent sales tool, and has practically become an expectation from prospective clients. It's probably the best way on the planet for clients to browse through collections of images, in a very engaging, interactive, natural way. The iPad has practically become a standard in the industry. It's like Canon, Nikon, and iPad.

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Drue Mc Laughlin
By Drue Mc Laughlin (Mar 11, 2012)

Sounds good T3...how do you load up photos from your camera to the Ipad? If I can make this smooth I will get one.Presentation with this screen sounds excellent!

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dccdp
By dccdp (Mar 7, 2012)

"and the incredible iPad 2 is now offered at"

Why is the second iPad incredible?

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Phoque
By Phoque (Mar 7, 2012)

Sweet taste of napalm!

That's all I can say about fanboyism on either side of the frontier.

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Mar 7, 2012)

The King of iUselessness is back.

I have 2 friends ready to upgrade from the day before they bought the 2.
They are happy like children,
they told me it's so cool to read the paper in the morning without turning on the PC (but make sure you turned on the wi fi router...), to play Angry Birds on the train and to be on facebook all day (even if they arready had a iPhone4 and the other a Galaxy II...).
And there are so many apps!
I am shocked, people I knew now look retarded is there some sort of subliminal messge in apple products?

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Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Mar 7, 2012)

I just washed some socks.

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leszeff
By leszeff (Mar 7, 2012)

Uselessness is the trend for the 21st century. Smartphones, digicam with video and GPS etc. etc. Talent doesn't depend on the tools you have. People think they would be better with the right tools but the right tool for lack of talent never comes along so the need to constant upgrades like IPads and others for the benefit of those who make these gizmos...

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Hughesnet
By Hughesnet (Mar 7, 2012)

You turn off your wifi router? What?

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Mar 8, 2012)

I know you Americans leave your electric tool plugged even during the night...

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Mark Smith
By Mark Smith (Mar 8, 2012)

Dio you're supposed to leave the router on 24/7 just switch off your devices.

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Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (Mar 8, 2012)

[ot] I have to agree with DioCanon (ahahaha), why leave a router on if noone uses it? Waste of electricity, don't you think? [/ot]

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Mar 8, 2012)

I am not supposed to leave it on 24/7, what's the point, who says that, I am Dio, I decide what is right or wrong.
In Australia anyway (God only knows how far ahead we are!) we have a wall switch.
If you plug 6 cords onto it, at nighttime you just switch off the wall switch and voila' all your devices are not sucking electricity anymore.
if you download stuff all night, that's another story, I dont.

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Hughesnet
By Hughesnet (Mar 7, 2012)

I got in a preorder for 2 of the 64gb ATT 4G ones. Can't wait for the 16th. Ignore the Android fanboys posting here. This tablet has twice the resolution of theirs, supports usb connection to your camera or a SD card, has iPhoto, has a great built in cam. There is nothing photography related their android tablets can do better.

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grafli
By grafli (Mar 7, 2012)

Well since you mentioned it, can the Ipad control a Dslr like a Canon EOS?
Well the Android Tablets can...
and the USB compatibility is old (old in Android) new in Ipad.
A few years back i had a Archos 101 Internet Tablet with those features.
It also suported my 1TB NTFS formatted HDD. :-)
Yeah, but the screen is WAY better on the Ipad, I have to admit! :-)

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EvokeEmotion
By EvokeEmotion (Mar 7, 2012)

Actually, yes. I can use my ancient iPad 1 to wirelessly trip the shutter on my Canon 7D. I can even see a live view on the iPad of what's on the viewfinder of my camera, not to mention control ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc.

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pdelux
By pdelux (Mar 7, 2012)

Umm actuallly Im sure the screen is made by Samsung, so wouldnt be surprised if the next samsung tablet is more resolution than the ipad3.

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MadDawgJ
By MadDawgJ (Mar 8, 2012)

Grafli we have been doing all of that on original iPads since before there was an android tablet. Try knowing what you are talking about.

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ovrebekk
By ovrebekk (Mar 8, 2012)

The Apple crowded survived sub par resolution in the iPad 2 for a while, so I don't think waiting a couple of months for a similar display in an Android tablet should be too hard ;)

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 8, 2012)

"Umm actuallly Im sure the screen is made by Samsung, so wouldnt be surprised if the next samsung tablet is more resolution than the ipad3."

Too bad the Note 10.1 also has a measly WXGA screen... add Samsung's track record of official updates (read: almost no major OS updates, as opposed to at least two major updates to all iOS models) and it becomes really questionable whether Samsung's tablets are indeed worth purchasing when you can have the iPad 3 for the same price.

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Ruy Penalva
By Ruy Penalva (Mar 7, 2012)

iPad! I stay out. will await the iPad X

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Hughesnet
By Hughesnet (Mar 7, 2012)

There is not

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J Parker
By J Parker (Mar 7, 2012)

Thanks.

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J Parker
By J Parker (Mar 7, 2012)

Is there any way to use it as an external live-view monitor/lcd (i.e. by connecting it to a camera's audio/video out socket)?

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jj74e
By jj74e (Mar 7, 2012)

Am I the only one who finds the "Retina" resolution unnecessary? I would rather have a "low quality" screen for a lower price.

How Apple sells so many of these, I don't know. Between your laptop and phone, when would you ever use a tablet? I'm sorry, but I just don't get it. Do people really need another product in between? Is the iPad so fulfilling of certain duties that a phone or computer can't do better (portability or power) that people are willing to blow hundreds of dollars on it?

I mean, I'm not judging, but people say Apple excels at creating products that people didn't know they needed, and, well, I still don't know why I need an iPad.

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imlammothion
By imlammothion (Mar 7, 2012)

That screen is just marketing. Actually a tab can be usefull, but not the ipad. I use mine (Android) to review and show my pictures to clients. Since mine can take SD cards i just take the pictures and put the card on the tab. Also they are a quick way for browsing and email

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Hughesnet
By Hughesnet (Mar 7, 2012)

The ipad actually does take SD cards via the kit.

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Mar 7, 2012)

buy some Chinese branded tablets if this one is too expensive!

and really too expensive is not, for an apple fan this is like heroin to a junkie, there is always money for an iCrap

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dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (Mar 7, 2012)

"Am I the only one who finds the Retina resolution unnecessary?"
Not necessary, but certainly eye candy. In my experience, it adds realism to a photo. It's certainly good to know that you have the best possible resolution for the screen. They won't be making higher resolution than Retina because the eyes can't see anymore than that anyways.

"I would rather have a "low quality" screen for a lower price."
It's called the iPad 2.

"Between your laptop and phone, when would you ever use a tablet?"
Few people have both a laptop and a phone.

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jj74e
By jj74e (Mar 7, 2012)

Preference; I'm not debating the usefulness, I just think a cheaper price would be a better "feature" for most people

The iPad 2 is still rather expensive. I'm not saying they're not good products; I'm just saying, I don't see the point of them.

In developed countries, I would say it's safe to say most people have a laptop and a phone. Or even if what you say is true, doesn't that just discount the purpose of an iPad even more? If someone was tight for money and couldn't buy more than one machine, a laptop would be arguably more useful/productive while a phone would be arguably more economic/portable. An iPad for someone tight for money is like having the worst of both worlds while not really having the best of either.

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AndyML
By AndyML (Mar 8, 2012)

Ummm... I have a MacBook Air, iPad 1, and an iPhone 4S with the new iPad on order. Are they all necessary? No. They are LUXURIES. Luxuries that I am grateful that I can afford.

This is like arguing that people shouldn't buy a BMW over a Civic. The extras are merely "features" and will still get you from A to B, but the BMW will make the experience a lot nicer. Nicer is something people are willing to pay for. Millions of people in the case of the iPad.

Oh, and the Retina display was the sole reason I upgraded to the iPhone 4 from the 3GS and therefore the sole reason I'm upgrading to the new iPad. It makes a HUGE difference when you use the devices as much as I do.

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dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (Mar 8, 2012)

I'm not talking about affordability here. A lot more people own a desktop and a phone, so adding an iPad makes perfect sense. Those with a laptop and a phone can probably skip the iPad like you said.

Most homes in the US/Europe have 1 or 2 desktop/laptop for a family of 4. If they add another computing device, it's more likely to be a notepad. For burning videos and playing 3D games, use the desktop. For light browsing and facebook, use the notepad for mobility and quick start up.

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Mar 7, 2012)

I will stick with my 13.3" Core i7 MacBook Air with 256GB SSD, SDHC/SDXC slot , Thunderbolt & USB ports etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq2enQYTrbU

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Hughesnet
By Hughesnet (Mar 7, 2012)

I have that and the ipad. Doesn't have to be a one or the other deal.

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Sam Carriere
By Sam Carriere (Mar 7, 2012)

I have both as well. If the Air had 3G capability, the iPad would be a goner.

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AndyML
By AndyML (Mar 8, 2012)

I have a front loading Maytag washing machine with 7 different wash cycles which is just as relevant as you posting your laptop stats on an iPad article. BTW, I have the exact same laptop and no matter how hard I poke at the screen I still can't seem to get it to respond.

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PeakAction
By PeakAction (Mar 7, 2012)

Whine, whine, whine! No SD card slot? I don't care; I'm a professional and use CF cards. :-) If you want SD, then buy the 29.95 camera connection kit and be happy; it comes with an SD reader and a USB connector. Problem solved.

And, for those of you saying that it's not that much of an upgrade, I ask: Have you ever used an iPhone 4 with the Retina display? It's freakin' amazing! Now imagine showing prospective clients your portfolio/reel on one that's 2048x1536! The visuals are INSANE as long as your images are good (wink wink). YES, I will buy one for that reason alone!

Oh yea, AND it now has a quad-core processor. Please, stop complaining. Apple is going to sell millions of these things.

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (Mar 7, 2012)

Yes they are! To you and the millions of Apple zombies who love locked down operating systems and the inability to customize anything like you can on Android tabs! ;)

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dccdp
By dccdp (Mar 7, 2012)

Actually, it has a dual-core processor, and a quad core graphics chip. That's a lot of difference, many current tablets have similar configurations. (And indeed, you don't really need a quad core on a tablet, so you can still be happy with it)

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imlammothion
By imlammothion (Mar 7, 2012)

Actually, the recent releases show that CF are a dying breed. better go for SD or XQD. And the retina display from iPhone 4 is not as good as Samsung super Amoled. And befora you ask, i have an iphone 4.

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AndyML
By AndyML (Mar 8, 2012)

ybizzle, let me count all the times I wanted to sacrifice stability on my iPad to "customize" it... zero. Sure, call it a walled garden, but this garden is keeping crap out, not good things from coming in.

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Rambler358
By Rambler358 (Mar 7, 2012)

Until Photoshop Touch can process larger files, iPhoto will likely be the goto app for photo processing on the iPad.

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VirtualMirage
By VirtualMirage (Mar 7, 2012)

While better than Adobe in resolution support (1600x1600), iPhoto is still limited to just 19MP. So us photographers with newer DSLR/DSLT cameras that are pushing over 20MP are SOL regardless.

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Rambler358
By Rambler358 (Mar 7, 2012)

Since you'd only be working with JPGs on the iPad, even my new 24mp a77' would have no problems with iPhoto, even in extra-fine mode.

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VirtualMirage
By VirtualMirage (Mar 7, 2012)

How so?

I've got an A77 as well, but JPEG or not the image is still 24MP unless you choose a smaller resolution within the camera. The limitation in iPhoto is in resolution (19MP in this case), not file size.

I don't downsize my photos and would want something I could offload directly to and do some quick viewing or editing while on the go or on vacation. When coming back from a shoot or trip, I will then load them into my main desktop where I do my 'real' work.

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topstuff
By topstuff (Mar 7, 2012)

What no floppy disk drive ??? Scandalous. My 386 PC will do just fine.

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Rambler358
By Rambler358 (Mar 7, 2012)

I bet your photos just pop on that monochrome screen as well! Lol

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kucingitem
By kucingitem (Mar 8, 2012)

no my 386 already has CGA Display.. it was resolutionary..

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Mar 7, 2012)

Thank you, Apple, for reinforcing my decision to wait for the TF701!

2 upvotes
CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (Mar 7, 2012)

"The new iPad’s Retina display delivers four times the number of pixels of iPad 2"
AND
"With double the graphics performance of the A5 chip, the A5X provides a superb balance between performance"
MEANS:
A new Apple gadget at half the speed of the previous device
Amazing!
I just have the get one to boast around

The Fanboy #1

2 upvotes
BJN
By BJN (Mar 7, 2012)

The Apple SD card adapter is miserable to use. It isn't seen by the iPad reliably and it's a hassle to carry. Web browsing is crippled and apps can't work with other apps in any kind of clean way. My next tablet will not be an iPad.

3 upvotes
micahmedia
By micahmedia (Mar 7, 2012)

This is why I like the USB port option on the Asus tablets.

4 upvotes
coastcontact
By coastcontact (Mar 7, 2012)

There is a class of people in the world who have the money and hunger for the newest gadget whether it’s needed or not. The latest update of a camera comes annually and it’s almost the same day of the year.

Automobiles manufacturers have made a great fanfare annually, for decades, on the their introduction of new models. Computer and camera manufacturers have adopted that idea too. It has all been quite successful. The camera forums on DPR have provided the excitement.

There will be lines at the Apple stores next Friday (March 16). Perhaps the rest of us can buy a used iPad at a bargain price.

1 upvote
Rambler358
By Rambler358 (Mar 7, 2012)

The new iPad is definately a worthwhile upgrade over the iPad 2 especially for photographers. I sold my ipad 2 before the announcement, and lost $100 on it. Not bad since having it from launch day. Yeah, I'll be in line come Friday. :)

5 upvotes
Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Mar 7, 2012)

Here's a full-res sample from the camera, courtesy of Engadget. It loads upside-down, I guess the orientation sensor auto-rotated it.

http://stadium.weblogsinc.com/engadget/files/new-ipad-sample-shot-03-07-2012.JPG

0 upvotes
photosen
By photosen (Mar 7, 2012)

So I have the chance to not use an app which I never used on my Mac? Cool.

0 upvotes
Hen3ry
By Hen3ry (Mar 7, 2012)

How long does the battery last with all that computing power and that screen, doing even simple picture editing?

And yes, the lack of a built-in SD card reader and a USB port is ridiculous.

Like Apple way back when, crippling the Mac by allowing only one disk drive and having to be dragged kicking and screaming to anything faster than a serial port on the back.

Cheers, geoff

2 upvotes
micahmedia
By micahmedia (Mar 7, 2012)

And mice with one button. Reminds me of this: http://www.theonion.com/video/apple-introduces-revolutionary-new-laptop-with-no,14299/

2 upvotes
Carsten Thomsen
By Carsten Thomsen (Mar 8, 2012)

Yes, there is only one button, but right clickl still works on it (Magic Mouse).

0 upvotes
NetMage
By NetMage (Mar 9, 2012)

10 hours of non-LTE and 9 hours with LTE - yes, they thought of that.

Of course, charging will take longer.

0 upvotes
OneGuy
By OneGuy (Mar 7, 2012)

It seems the 'retinal' resolution was made up by Apple marketing to carve an image of pixel density for Apple products. The human eye is much better than Apple's definition and they (Steve and Co.) did not even include the color gamut in that. Yes, I want to see a 300Hz refresh rate, too. The 24fps "standard" was also pushed on us by the filmmakers claiming "an eye cannot see faster than that" crap. And watch for 3D: there are a lot of pitfalls in the way marketing spits out "3D," including a possible negative brain effects on younger children.

Apple fanboys can entertain their dogs with the latest Apple things but I would not parrot the 'retinal' label for their display based on resolution alone.

2 upvotes
Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Mar 7, 2012)

For those left dumbfounded and apoplectic over the lack of user-expandable storage:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20078485-1/maxells-airstash-usb-card-reader-turned-ipad-storage-expander/

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20043530-285/how-to-use-sd-cards-for-extra-ipad-video-storage/

It's not the end of the world. That's coming later, December 21 to be exact.

1 upvote
Hen3ry
By Hen3ry (Mar 7, 2012)

Oh no! I'll miss Christmas? :(

1 upvote
Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Mar 7, 2012)

Lol

0 upvotes
Essai
By Essai (Mar 7, 2012)

does it have Flash support ? :)

2 upvotes
dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (Mar 7, 2012)

In case you haven't heard, Flash is kindda dead. Adobe announced that they stopped making Flash for mobile devices.

2 upvotes
Caleido
By Caleido (Mar 7, 2012)

Maybe, but that does not mean every Flash based website ever made is converted into HTML5 in a ... flash.

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Mar 8, 2012)

Flash is dead. Even Adobe has disowned it.

0 upvotes
marbo uk
By marbo uk (Mar 7, 2012)

All very good. But will it blend?

4 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Mar 7, 2012)

This is what I was waiting and hopping for. Can't wait now for friday the 16th :)

0 upvotes
VirtualMirage
By VirtualMirage (Mar 7, 2012)

Kind of underwhelming. The screen and hardware appear to be great but my main gripes are as follows:

-iPhoto is limited to photos under 19MP. So much for the newer cameras out there that Canon, Nikon, and Sony have released. I can't even load a photo directly from my A77 without having to downsize it elsewhere first. Of course, Adobe is worse by limiting to just 1600x1600. Luckily, these can be fixed via a software update.

-Still no integrated memory card slot (it certainly has room for one). Apple really seems to be trying to get the attention of serious photographers and there are apps out there that, while not a desktop/laptop replacement, would be great for on the go. But with only 16/32/64 GB iPad options and pictures as well as memory card sizes getting larger (32GB in mine), a second storage medium is needed. Heck, Apple and everyone else puts a reader on all their other devices.

Update iPhoto/Adobe to accept 24MP or higher images and add a card reader, then get back to me.

1 upvote
klopus
By klopus (Mar 7, 2012)

Card reader/usb for iPad is just $29. I use it all the time - it's unobtrusive and in my experience works well.

1 upvote
VirtualMirage
By VirtualMirage (Mar 8, 2012)

I know that exist, but wouldn't I be using that to upload my photos onto the iPad? And if I am using it to upload, then I still need something that will store them on the iPad without consuming all of its space that resides on the imbedded memory. So essentially, I would need an integrated reader for the extra space to store my pictures on and the card/usb reader adapter to upload my picture with. So essentially, the external card reader doesn't solve my issue.

0 upvotes
chris_van_bc
By chris_van_bc (Mar 7, 2012)

Can someone please explain what sense does it make to have a 2048 x 1536 resolution on a 9.7" screen?

Just asking.

0 upvotes
Per Zangenberg
By Per Zangenberg (Mar 7, 2012)

The same reason you dont print your photos in 72dpi?

8 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Mar 7, 2012)

Sharper, more detailed photos and movies. There is nothing better to show your photos than the new ipad with its highest pixel density device.

4 upvotes
chris_van_bc
By chris_van_bc (Mar 7, 2012)

Didn't realize it's possible to discern such density on a screen that small.

0 upvotes
Essai
By Essai (Mar 7, 2012)

"There is nothing better to show your photos".
This is the only reason why I would use it.

I hope something similar running Android will be available this summer.

Who is making this new display ? Samsung ?

0 upvotes
DrPampa
By DrPampa (Mar 7, 2012)

in photographic terms, the actual screen resolution is 264 dpi.

0 upvotes
dccdp
By dccdp (Mar 7, 2012)

You'll have something to brag about. Isn't that the iPad's main function? ;-)

Seriously, while it's indeed a stretch, the fact that Apple chose a high density screen it's actually a good thing. I'm kinda tired of the too many "mainstream" computer monitors that never get above the very limited "Full HD" resolution. Maybe seeing that high resolution on a mobile device is a success will make manufacturers wake up and restart the "resolution race" in monitors, too.

0 upvotes
studio311
By studio311 (Mar 7, 2012)

Essai...whaaat??! Judging form your and others comments about how lame this iPad update is, I only assumed you could point us all to the devices on the market that surpass the new iPad...yet you can't! "Apple sucks" but there isn't anything on the market better. Wow, what does that say about Android products and innovation? Dare I say it? They play follow the leader. All of this and you can't see how unreasonable you're being. Amazing.

2 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Mar 7, 2012)

looks good but I think the memory options are a rip off

3 upvotes
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