March 2012 – Apple News

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The New iPad, and Mountain Lion announced.

The new iPad
The much anticipated new iPad was announced end of last week and will be available for sale March 16th. It will sport a much higher resolution screen, 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) to be exact.
The processor has been bumped to a Dual-core Apple A5X, the camera now a 5 megapixel ‘iSight’ camera and the unit now has support for 4G network.

The new iPad’s resolution will be stunning, exceeding that of a 40” High Definition Plasma display and even that of the screen that Apple used to broadcast to the room at the Keynote.

The new iPad will go on sale March 16th alongside the existing iPad 2 which will sport a reduced price. Preordering is available though the shipping time has slipped to 2-3 weeks. It should be interesting to see how Apple meets this demand.

more info here:

Mountain Lion
Apple announced Mountain Lion around 2 weeks ago, and it was listed with an interesting collection of iPad inspired features. Notification Centre; much like notifications for iOS5, Messages; Mac to iPhone and iPad messaging, Mail 6, Reminders and Notes.

Mountain Lion is suggested to be a ‘major’ update and will also be first OS to be sold exclusively on the App Store, with Apple choosing not to release on a USB stick as an option this time.

Much like how Lion took us in a direction where Mail was the same as it was on iPad, we should see unified versions of apps running across various devices. It will be fantastic for integration and ease of use but any further thoughts will have to wait to Mountain Lion is seen which, by the way, will be a long way away yet.


more info here

p.s. You are able to download the Beta version of Messages for free at the above website, link down the very bottom. Requires OSX  Lion v10.7.3.

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