Friday, July 8, 2011

Rumor: September iPad HD will Augment iPad Line

Rumor: September iPad HD will Augment iPad Line, post.
... it will be called “iPad HD,” and that it will augment Apple’s tablet product line, not replace the recently introduced iPad 2. The device will sport a much higher resolution screen of 2048 x 1536, and will be aimed at professional users.

Just a rumor, but it feels right, and I'm crossing all my fingers and toes too, I really want a pro iPad. Even if the screen doesn't get larger, the higher resolution will mean something (not so much for video, there's a limit to how much detail you can take in as pictures move, especially on a smallish screen) but for text. Like I've mentioned, the iPhone 4 is easily as good to read on as the Dell Streak despite the latter's much larger screen (5" vs 3.5"), simply because of the iPhone 4's much higher screen resolution.
(Funny, by the way, we hardly hear anything about the Dell Streak these days, I guess a bigger screen and higher price didn't fit most people's needs.)

I think it would be a very good idea for Apple to split up the iPad line, like they long have done with computers and iPods, different sizes, prices, and capabilities for different needs and pocketbooks.

I wonder if they'll do it with the iPhone too? There are also rumors of an "iPhone lite". Only issue is that unlike iPods, I really don't see what they can scrape off and keep a product worthy of Apple, they can't really make the screen smaller and keep it being a good smartphone.

And then of course we have yet to see what Amazon will come up with in continuation of the Kindle line, with black/white screen, and in a hopefully separate line with a different name (uh, "Kimberly"?): a real tablet with color touch screen, probably running Android but centered on reading. So all in all, this may turn out to be a good year for ereader/tablet fans.


Stephen A said...

You might consider this unit :)

eolake said...

Good fun, thanks.