Apple Announces New iPad

Music apps will take a huge leap forward with its powerful new processor, but will that and an ultra-HD screen reel you in?

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Apple has announced its new iPad with a new retina display and significant performance boosts.

Music lovers can enjoy an updated Garage Band, which now enables up to four iPad owners to jam together in the same key and tempo. It might seem amateur to seasoned pros, but anything that lets more people experience the joy of performance is great in our opinion.

Soundcloud, our favorite audio-sharing platform, has now been integrated with Garage Band. Your creations can instantly be shared online, which may pave the way for Garage Band to access free samples from the huge Soundcloud library in the future. Potentially a game changer.

The killer feature this year is the new retina display, where the human eye can't distinguish individual pixels at normal reading distance. In fact, it boasts a higher resolution than 1080p HD televisions, at 2048 x 1536 resolution -- not bad, especially when it's right there on your lap.

But the new display needs serious graphical power to push all those pixels around. Apple's solution is the A5X processor, with a dedicated quad-core graphics chip, putting the iPad almost on-par with traditional gaming consoles.

Audio production apps could also take a huge leap forward with the power of the new A5X chip. Will we finally see a serious audio workstation like Logic or Ableton Live in the iPad?

Buyers in the US will be treated to 4G mobile internet, at speeds of up to 72MB/s. That's probably faster than your internet at home. Sadly, many countries are not yet equipped with a 4G network, but regular 3G will still work.

Interestingly, Apple dropped the number from its name. So it's not iPad 3, but instead 'new iPad'. We can only wonder how confusing this will be next year when a newer model comes out.

Are you going to drop your money on the new iPad, or is it another year of predictable Apple hype? Share your excitement or otherwise in the comments.

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    Plan009
    Seems like a pretty poor investment nowadays. I spent over a grand on a laptop that is considered obsolete after 18 months and $400 on a cell phone that once was 'the fastest phone you could get' (that crown was worn probably a whole 14 minutes. Honestly, the only investments I've made in the past years that have proven consistent over time would have to be my guitars.
    Vabolo
    jjbarnes wrote: Plan009 wrote: Seems like a pretty poor investment nowadays. I spent over a grand on a laptop that is considered obsolete after 18 months and $400 on a cell phone that once was 'the fastest phone you could get' (that crown was worn probably a whole 14 minutes. Honestly, the only investments I've made in the past years that have proven consistent over time would have to be my guitars. That's how tech moves man. It's an exponential growth and you've just got to deal with it. There's a rule of thumb that one of the founders of IBM said: The number of transistors on a surface area will double every year. Live with it or go become a techless hermit.
    I always wanted to be a hermit! I'll grow a beard to my knees, live in a cave, have a potato bag for clothes... Good times!
    burgernips
    2jpe2 wrote: time to get an iPad 2 cause the price is gonna drop!
    2jpe2 wrote: time to get an iPad 2 cause the price is gonna drop!
    2jpe2 wrote: time to get an iPad 2 cause the price is gonna drop!
    Three of them are gonna set you back though.
    thejay2
    A new ipad? not being funny but it looks exactly the same? does their design team like to use the photocopier? i mean come on be different! bring on the kindle fire! screw this iPad bollocks!
    mradubz33
    MT_Obsidian wrote: ...Are we seriously advertizing for Apple on here now?
    Agreed. Thanks for Ad....I mean, article, UG.
    Silverpack
    thejay2 wrote: A new ipad? not being funny but it looks exactly the same? does their design team like to use the photocopier? i mean come on be different! bring on the kindle fire! screw this iPad bollocks!
    They use the same image because people like it, it's part of the company's imagery and design. Still useless, anyway...
    KingSquall802
    Then what? You'll buy this new ipad then after the next three months iPad 3 will be released and it's in what? 5G? Whatever. I'd rather save my money and buy some real musical gears.
    charger356
    So this new iPad is gonna be the most technologically advanced tablet on the market? They should call it the "MaxiPad". Hur Hur...
    philwhite
    I'm surprized there isn't a little more love for a tablet that has so many music apps. I use Rock Prodigy, Guitar Pro, Ampkit, and Garage Band on my Ipad2.
    edgeyyz
    thejay2 wrote: A new ipad? not being funny but it looks exactly the same? does their design team like to use the photocopier? i mean come on be different! bring on the kindle fire! screw this iPad bollocks!
    The Kindle Fire isn't a tablet like an iPad, it's a glorified e-reader.
    snaaake
    Wow, this is exciting. I can't wait until March next year when they shit out a fourth one! What fine music news from Ultimate-Guitar dot com.
    Maestro1600
    Lptubeking wrote: This is ironic because I'm typing this on an ipad
    That's, at best, coincidental. It's not ironic.
    Deathhead93
    Don't have any iPad and don't plan on getting one, I don't see the reason to get one since I already have a computer with far more functions than an iPad could possibly have. And I simple hate getting fingerprints all over my screen, so this will be another no for me. I simply don't see the hype over touch-screens.
    Skuzzmo
    nope, still can't think of a reason why i'd want one....in fact all the people I know who have them, now the novelty has worn off, don't know why they bought one either.... Oh well, each to their own i suppose.
    Brandeis
    Yeah, all these new features are neat, but probably the battery won't even last half a day
    spiff-corgi
    There's a guy on my course who everyone hates who turns up to every lecture with his iPad. Instead of getting out the hard copy of the notes and reading through like a normal person, he gets his iPad out and reads the online notes on the vle instead. It's cos of people like that that people think all Apple users are douchebags.
    tonello
    edgeyyz wrote: thejay2 wrote: A new ipad? not being funny but it looks exactly the same? does their design team like to use the photocopier? i mean come on be different! bring on the kindle fire! screw this iPad bollocks!The Kindle Fire isn't a tablet like an iPad, it's a glorified e-reader.
    Kindle fire is a tablet, it's an entry level tab for people who won't shell out $600 for a stupid iPad.
    ne14t
    As an Apple user for the last 4 years, GO DROID! It's an open source operating system and is seriously better then iOS.
    jurnag12
    Why the hell would you buy an iPad? They're overpriced pieces of crap that are outperformed by much cheaper models at every turn with at most a month or 2 delay.
    Shor-T Zero
    GNR's Fan wrote: spiff-corgi wrote: There's a guy on my course who everyone hates who turns up to every lecture with his iPad. Instead of getting out the hard copy of the notes and reading through like a normal person, he gets his iPad out and reads the online notes on the vle instead. It's cos of people like that that people think all Apple users are douchebags. Hang so he's a douchebag for using the functions in the way they were intended? So if I make a call on my phone or heaven forbid check my emails I'm a douchebag? You better watch out, I might actually pick up my guitar and play on it!
    Oh you better not, or I'm going to throw a tantrum on a board's comment section. Look out, because those words will be extra venomous!
    codyjt5150
    iPads are starting to become the Call of Duty of electronics. I'm not saying that in a good way either. looks the same, the only difference is the resolution and updated apps. is it really worth spending $800 for?
    -[NiL]-
    The only thing keeping me from buying an iPad is that they release them to quickly. I'd just be getting the hang of this one by the time they release the next one. Although I suppose computers become obsolete in the same fashion. But at least I can simply put new parts in those.
    matalliam
    2jpe2 wrote: time to get an iPad 2 cause the price is gonna drop!
    2jpe2 wrote: time to get an iPad 2 cause the price is gonna drop!
    2jpe2 wrote: time to get an iPad 2 cause the price is gonna drop!
    Was there an echo in the room where you were typing this?
    TheChaz
    Meh. Good resolution for the display, but the transformer infinity already has a 1920x1200 display. Not as good, but still a higher resolution than a 1080p TV.
    nnb
    I remember when the iPod came out, it was new and exciting, most importantly it was different. But now, iPad3 already? Are they going to release a new one every year now?! Is the world really full of that many with ADD that need to get the newest thing every year?
    spiff-corgi
    GNR's Fan wrote: spiff-corgi wrote: There's a guy on my course who everyone hates who turns up to every lecture with his iPad. Instead of getting out the hard copy of the notes and reading through like a normal person, he gets his iPad out and reads the online notes on the vle instead. It's cos of people like that that people think all Apple users are douchebags. Hang so he's a douchebag for using the functions in the way they were intended? So if I make a call on my phone or heaven forbid check my emails I'm a douchebag? You better watch out, I might actually pick up my guitar and play on it!
    We have to bring notes to lectures, or at least pens and paper cos it's an engineering degree and the notes need annotation as well as the fact we do worked examples. The notes are also different to the slides on the vle, hence why we get hard and electronic copies. By using the iPad to just look at the slides that are on the board in front of him he is demonstrating a completely pointless use of the technology. Perhaps I should have explained this better, but it looks like everybody else is jumping to conclusions about me, which is kind of hypocritical.
    GNR's Fan
    spiff-corgi wrote: There's a guy on my course who everyone hates who turns up to every lecture with his iPad. Instead of getting out the hard copy of the notes and reading through like a normal person, he gets his iPad out and reads the online notes on the vle instead. It's cos of people like that that people think all Apple users are douchebags.
    Hang so he's a douchebag for using the functions in the way they were intended? So if I make a call on my phone or heaven forbid check my emails I'm a douchebag? You better watch out, I might actually pick up my guitar and play on it!
    LeakyFlask
    edgeyyz wrote: thejay2 wrote: A new ipad? not being funny but it looks exactly the same? does their design team like to use the photocopier? i mean come on be different! bring on the kindle fire! screw this iPad bollocks!The Kindle Fire isn't a tablet like an iPad, it's a glorified e-reader.
    And the iPad is an overgrown iPod...
    MR.LZZYHALE
    CJMusics wrote: It's cool and all, But they release a new one too soon.
    They wanted too prove to themselves and the world taht apple would go on with out steve jobs
    Chronologo
    Millions of hipsters are having orgasms as they know there will be a new Ipad
    jjbarnes
    Plan009 wrote: Seems like a pretty poor investment nowadays. I spent over a grand on a laptop that is considered obsolete after 18 months and $400 on a cell phone that once was 'the fastest phone you could get' (that crown was worn probably a whole 14 minutes. Honestly, the only investments I've made in the past years that have proven consistent over time would have to be my guitars.
    That's how tech moves man. It's an exponential growth and you've just got to deal with it. There's a rule of thumb that one of the founders of IBM said: The number of transistors on a surface area will double every year. Live with it or go become a techless hermit.
    King Bluesy
    Never understood i-pad's. My computer can do more at home and my phone is easier to carry around. Don't see why anyone would want to lug a tablet around when you can get laptops that take up less space.