07 March, 2012



2012 New iPad Philippines Price, Apple Third Generation iPad Specifications and Release Date Guesstimate

Posted: 07 Mar 2012 02:58 PM PST

This post aims to collate all relevant information about The New iPad in the Philippines - including its pricing details and release date. Trust that we'll update this post regularly or every time news about 2012 iPad's availability in our country surface.

As of March 8, 2012:

The New iPad is not yet available in the Philippines;
Official carriers and authorized Apple retailers have yet to make a formal announcement on this new iDevice.

new ipad philippines

The third generation iPad has just been officially announced in an Apple event in San Francisco, California. And contrary to what most of us expected, it didn't end up being named iPad3 or iPadHD.

Called simply 'The New iPad', the latest iteration to Apple's popular slate line looks almost identical to its predecessor, the iPad2. Nevertheless, it does come with several enhancements that will surely entice new customers to get it and previous generation iPad owners to upgrade.

The New iPad flaunts a stunning new Retina display - similar to what's found on iPhone 4S, and features Apple's new custom-designed A5X chip with quad-core graphics, and a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p Full HD videos even in low light settings. As for connectvity, the three iPad Wi-Fi + 4G variants connect to the fastest networks worldwide and still deliver 10 hours of battery life while remaining thin and light.

On the software side, the new iPad runs iOS 5.1, the latest update to Apple's mobile operating system, which comes with new features including a redesigned camera app with video stabilization, personal hotspot (for sharing ultra-fast 4G connection with other devices), support for dictation in English, German, French, and Japanese, and the ability to delete photos from Photo Stream. iOS 5.1 also works seamlessly with iCloud, letting users automatically and wirelessly store content and push it to various iDevices including iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac, Macbook Air and Macbook Pro.

In the US, the new iPad models will start shipping on March 16, 2012. The suggested retail price for the 16GB Wifi-Only model is $499, the 32GB model costs $599 and while 64GB sells for $699. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G variants are available via AT&T or Verizon with a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model.

Note that the US price schedule for the new iPad is the same as that of iPad2 last year. That said, I'm inclined to believe that 2012 iPad prices in the Philippines will likewise be similar to its predecessor's; If you remember, in 2011, Apple iPad2 Wifi-Only 16GB, 32GB and 64GB sold for Php 23,990, Php 28,990 and Php 33,990 respectively. Apple iPad2 Wifi + 3G 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, on the other hand, sold for Php 30,990, Php 35,990 and Php 40,990 respectively. The TP Guesstimate for the new iPad's release date in the Philippines is either on the last week of April or the first week of May 2012. Oh, and we also believe that Smart Communications will be an official carrier of the new iPad and will offer it as a bundled device with its future LTE plans. Let's see.

To wrap this up in the way that only TechPinas has been known to do, I present to you the full and complete technical specifications of the Apple's 2012 New iPad tablet --

TechPinas Tablet Technical Specs Table (TTabTST)
Name Apple iPad 3
Type Tablet
Price Category High-End (Flagship Release)
Dimensions and WeightWifi Only Version:
Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
Weight: 1.44 pounds (652 g)

Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
Weight: 1.46 pounds (662 g)
Available Colors Metal Finish - Anodized Aluminum at the back. Front - White, Black bezel options
Operating System iOS 5.1
Display 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution Retina Display Capacitive Touchscreen, 44% greater saturation than iPad2 display
Processor Dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed, high-performance yet low-power system-on-a-chip processor with quad-core graphics
Camera Back camera: 5 MegaPixel iSight Camera with Backside Illumination, Front Camera: VGA
Video Capture Back camera: Video recording, Full HD 1080p up to 30 frames per second
Front camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio
Audio and Video Playback Audio: HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Ports 3.5 mm audio jack, 30-pin dock connector port, microSIM card tray for the 4G version
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Personal Hotspot, Bluetooth wireless technology 4.0 + EDR, 3G, 4G LTE
Memory option of either 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of non-expandable internal storage
Sensors Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Battery Li-Po 6930 mAh (to be confirmed)
Uptime Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on watching video, Wi-Fi, or listening to music, Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 4G cellular data network
Value-Added Features Siri, iOS 5.1, New Camera, 4G LTE, Quad Core Graphics
Announcement March 7, 2012
Availability March 16, 2012 in US, March 23, 2012 in 25 countries, TBA for others
Price $499, $599 and $699 for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB the Wifi-only version, respectively. And $629, $729 and $829 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB the Wifi-4G version, respectively.

The Official Name of the New 2012 iPad is 'The new iPad' : A Strong Statement!

Posted: 07 Mar 2012 01:07 PM PST

TechPinas Exclusive!

Didn't I tell you we'll do well to take all 'Pre-Apple-product-announcement insider info' with a grain of salt?

Contrary to earlier 'leaks' by supposed 'Apple employees', 'stockholders' and 'industry officials' that the next iPad will be called either iPad3 or iPadHD, the latest iteration to Apple's best-selling tablet - announced just a few minutes ago - actually went by a more, uhm, interesting monicker.

the new ipad

Although some previously rumored specifications like the Retina Display, higher resolution camera, and 4G LTE support turned out accurate, our dear insiders totally missed out on probably the most important detail of the slate: Its name.

So what's it called?! Not that iPad3 and iPadHD are any way grand (because obviously, they are not), but Apple had chosen a far more humble name for the new iPad; It's called simply that.

And I have gone out of our way, mind you, to get confirmation via Apple's official website;

the new ipad

I know. It's nuts. I myself couldn't and wouldn't believe it at first --

the new ipad

But when you think about it, you'll realize that Apple is trying to make a very strong statement here. I believe they want show everyone that Apple products don't rely on marketing gimmicks or clever branding to sell. Apple can name its products whatever or even leave them unnamed and they'll still sell well -- simply because consumers already know for sure that if a product is made by Apple, it must be good.

Apple iPad 3 Event LiveStream Online Streaming Video #iPad3 #iPadHD

Posted: 07 Mar 2012 09:18 AM PST

This post aims to collate all online livestream videos of Apple's March 7 San Francisco Event where the company will formally unveil the third generation iPad. The event will commence at exactly 2AM this morning - Manila Time - so please stay tuned!

Pre-Announcement 'iPad HD vs iPad 3' Tablet Name Dilemma: According to various "insiders", the latest iteration to Apple's tablet will be called "iPad HD" and not "iPad 3". It will flaunt a Retina display, found in iPhone 4 and 4S, that has twice the resolution of iPad2's screen. iPadHD, which will be slightly thicker yet will have better innards than its predecessor, will also feature a higher resolution camera and 4G LTE technology on some models. Note that these information are but 'supposed leaks' from industry insiders and at the end of the day, only Apple knows for sure how the next iPad actually looks and what its new features are.

WARNING: Apparently, the people behind this supposed 'livestream' video aren't keen on delivering what's advertised. They are merely doing a commentary on the new iPad keynote. I know, we're disappointed as well. But if you're cool with that, click Play button.

Join the TP Conversation! Read Apple iPad HD Live Reactions and leave your comments!

Apple iPad HD Announcement Event Live Reactions : March 7, 2012, 2AM Manila Time

Posted: 07 Mar 2012 08:33 AM PST

The third generation iPad will be officially unveiled by Apple in an event in San Francisco, California, which will start at exactly 2 o'clock this morning, March 7, 2012, Manila Time.

You can check this post for live reactions and freshest information from tech enthusiasts and Apple fans from across the globe on Apple's newest tablet! You can also add your own comments and participate in our online survey which will go live at 2AM. Just click Play button below. Thanks for joining TP in this momentous event in tech history!

UPDATE: Watch Apple iPad3 Event Livestream

Google Play Store is the New Android Market : What's New?

Posted: 07 Mar 2012 05:58 AM PST

Starting today, Android Market will be known as Google Play Store.

So expect to get an update to your Android Market application in the coming days.

Likewise, in countries where they are available, Google Videos, Music and Books applications will also be renamed and upgraded to Google Play Movies, Google Play Music and Google Play Books, respectively. All related content you've purchased will still be available to you - of course - through Google Play. As always, all you have to do is to log in using your Google account.

So what new features can we expect to get from Google Play Store?

Off hand, there's really nothing new but the change in name. (I'm guessing Google implemented this mainly to streamline its services including - of course - their branding.) Nonetheless, I'm sure a lot of fresh features and changes will be rolled out in the coming months or maybe, even days.

Watch me install Google Play Store on my Samsung Galaxy Note (I haven't actually got the official Android Market update notification; A friend just emailed me the APK file.):