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For starters, perhaps Apple is ditching the use of number to identify their products (per the iPad 3 simply being labeled as the iPad).  The next iteration of iPhones might be plain and simply called “iPhones”.

Since the introduction of the iPad some 3 years ago, I have seen a co-relation of how Apple engineers their line of iPhones and iPads in a similar fashion.  Typically, the technology that one device receives is translates to what the other will receive in return.  For example, the iPhone 4S received a high-resolution screen in October 2011.  That same hardware was installed on the latest model iPad to be released in mid-March 2012.  Yet, there are instances when iPhone software is not converted to support iPad, as indicted by Apple’s reluctance to include the highly publicized Siri  with the latest iPad model.  But all is fair considering the iPad has something that the iPhone 4S does not have and that is 4G wireless capabilities.

The iPad now supports 4G in form of HSPA+ for AT&T and LTE for Verizon.  Since Apple has introduced 4G wireless capabilities with the iPad, one would expect that the new iPhone for 2012 will have the same capability level.  So like I said when the iPhone 4S was released, the next version is what consumers will really want in terms of a faster data phone and for those who are on Verizon’s legacy CMDA network;  the capability for voice and data at the same time.  Still this begs the question, what does this mean for Sprint? Allow me to explain!

I’ve long considered Sprint’s WiMAX network as not being a true 4G network.  In fact, what we call 4G isn’t real 4G, but the International Telecommunications Union – Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) saw fit to lower the telecommunication standards to call what we know as 4G; 4G.  Later, they also decided to include Sprint’s WiMAX protocol as a 4G network although it was outperformed by LTE and HSPA+ speeds.  Of course that upset me but that’s not the point here.  The point is, although the iPad still supports 3G and you would expect a 4G iPhone to continue to support 3G, my hypothesis is that 4G will only be enabled on Verizon and AT&T carrier phones.  This will be a huge hit to Sprint’s line of subscribers but Sprint over the past few months have invest heavily in LTE.  Perhaps by this summer, Sprint will come to terms with Verizon to lease LTE lines, but Sprint is not slated to have their new LTE infrastructure in place until 4th quarter 2012 at less than 50% capacity.  But only time will tell and right now the pressure is brewing against Sprint to have something in place fast or risk the potential of losing subscribers.

The *new* iPad is here!

After much speculation over the name (the iPad 3 or iPad HD), Apple announced on Wednesday that their new iPad will be available for purchase on Friday, March 16th.

So here is an outline of the latest improvements Apple made to the new iPad:

  • New A5X QUAD-Core processor – this basically means, your iPad will run faster!
  • High-Resolution Retina Display – translation a high definition screen that supports twice the amount of pixels as the iPad 2 and more than a standard HD TV…this is a pretty cool feature if you ask me and very innovative!
  • 5-Megapixal Camera w/ 1080p HD video recording– which is a nice upgrade from the VGA camera packed into the iPad 2 that supported 720p HD recording.
    •  The new iPad from a camera perspective is now up to par with “competing” tablets but due to Apple’s annual release cycles, the camera quality will be outdated in a matter of months.
    • 4G Data Support – the iPad will now support LTE and HSPA+ offered by Verizon and AT&T respectively.  Although the device will still support 3G, it is looking very unlikely that Sprint will get the iPad anytime soon and one would wonder how this impacts the next iPhone to be released on the Sprint network.

It is also worth mentioning that the new iPad will continue to support 9 hours of battery life while operating on a 4G network.  That is very impressive considering the move from 3G.  At the same time, the iPad continues to lack a SD reader slot in comparison to other tablets.  Users will have to continue using the Apple Docking connector to transfer files.  So perhaps the iPad next year will support SD cards, but knowing Apple I wouldn’t hold my breath on that notion.

As you can see, there is nothing revolutionary about the new iPad, yet it still packs enough power to compete and continue to lead in the race for best tablet on the market.  Some would consider that other tablets are still at the starting line of this young tablet market.  Yet, who could imagine 3 years ago when Apple introduced the first iPad that would have the impact of changing how we use computers!

When asked if you should get the new iPad – if you desire to get one, get it! Next year when the new iPad comes out, the appeal to get the latest model will in fact haunt you but down the road, I don’t expect people to change tablets as fast as we change cell phones.  Although this market is far too new to know this for sure!