iPad 3 leaves Apple’s rivals behind

iPad 3 revealed

Apple has finally revealed the iPad 3 and its no surprise to see that it comes with double the resolution of the iPad 2 and has 4G network capability available if Wi-Fi isn’t enough for your needs. Here in the UK we are still stuck with 3G and will remain so for more than a year.

In addition to these two features, the new iPad comes with a much improved 5MP iSight camera, making HD movies at 1080p a reality. The camera features  a backside illumination sensor, offering improved image quality. You can tap the screen to focus and tap to set exposure, just like on the iPhone and there is built-in face detection that automatically balances focus and exposure across up to 10 faces. The iPad 3 also has built-in automatic video stabilisation, so your shots should all come out sharply focused. Interestingly, the camera has  an ƒ/2.4 aperture and a five-element lens, and a hybrid infrared filter, something usually only seen in expensive cameras. This should help ensure improved colour reproduction in your images and video.

The new Retina display on the new iPad has a 2048×1536 resolution, which Apple claims gives 44%t greater colour saturation and an astounding 3.1 million pixels in total, higher than that found in an HDTV. Apple claims that the pixels are so close together that under normal viewing they are not discernible to the human eye. All told, the new iPad has 4x the number of pixels the iPad 2 has. Apple says this required a technological breakthrough to make it possible.

The new A5X chip at the heart of the iPad 3 comes with its quad-core graphics that promise smooth graphics for video and games. Image-editing too in iPhoto and iMovie should also benefit. Apple claims that all this extra processing power hasn’t impacted on battery life, with the iPad touting a 10-hour battery life, just like the iPad 2.

Prices for the new iPad are:

  • 16GB Wi-Fi model £399
  • 32GB Wi-Fi model £479
  • 64GB Wi-FI model £559
  • 16GB Wi-Fi & 4G model £499
  • 32GB Wi-Fi & 4G model £579
  • 64GB Wi-Fi and 4G model £659

You will, of course, still need a data plan from a mobile provider such as Orange, O2, Three and Vodafone. These cost from £2 for 200MB a day to £25 for 10GB a month.

Finally, its hard to see how Apple’s rivals can catch up as to be honest, their Tablet offerings up to now have been pathetic compared to even the original iPad, never the iPad 2. Now, with the iPad 3 Apple has opened up an even greater technological gap over its rivals. Its not just the pure technology thouugh but the whole package. Apple just ‘does it right’. Everyone else doesn’t act like they ‘get it’ frankly.


Weird problems in iPhoto under Lion

The latest issue I am having with Lion is that iPhoto now seems to be screwed up. It loads ok and you can do some editing but some functions don’t work anymore. So far I have found problems with cropping and also with the neutral balance eyedropper tool.

Here, in the first screenshot, you can see I am trying to crop an image:

Cropping bug in iPhoto under Lion

As you can see in the bottom left hand corner, the mouse pointer is a hand. However, it doesn’t do anything so I can’t adjust the size of the crop. Even if I choose the ‘custom’ setting in the size dialogue (to right of the ‘Constrain:’ label) it doesn’t work. In essence, you are stuck with the size options given and can’t selectively crop as previously under Snow Leopard.

The second issue is that the eyedropper tool in the ‘Adjust’ toolbox doesn’t work either. You get a hand cursor and you can’t do anything with it. However you try to click on a part of the image, nothing happens.

Eyedropper tool issue in iPhoto under Lion

I have started a thread on Apple Communities here: iPhoto has issues since upgrade to Lion if you want to contribute to the discussion or suggest solutions.


Thanks to Terence Devlin, the answer was soon apparent:

Try trash the com.apple.iPhoto.plist file from the HD/Users/ Your Name / library / preferences folder.

(On 10.7: Hold the option (or alt) key while clicking on the Go menu in Finder to access the User Library)

(Remember you’ll need to reset your User options afterwards. These include minor settings like the window colour and so on. Note: If you’ve moved your library you’ll need to point iPhoto at it again.)

What’s the plist file?

For new users: Every application on your Mac has an accompanying plist file. It records certain User choices. For instance, in your favourite Word Processor it remembers your choice of Default Font, on your Web Browser is remembers things like your choice of Home Page. It even recalls what windows you had open last if your app allows you to pick up from where you left off last. The iPhoto plist file remembers things like the location of the Library, your choice of background colour, whether you are running a Referenced or Managed Library, what preferences you have for autosplitting events and so on. Trashing the plist file forces the app to generate a new one on the next launch, and this restores things to the Factory Defaults. Hence, if you’ve changed any of these things you’ll need to reset them. If you haven’t, then no bother. Trashing the plist file is Mac troubleshooting 101.

Thanks mate!

Back to the Mac in 104 seconds!

If you missed it, Lockheed91 has saved you some time and reduced the introduction of the awesome new computers along with the amazing new releases of the incredible new iPhoto, the stunning new Garageband and the extraordinary new iMovie down to a remarkable 104 second adjective-fest.

Love the awesome, amazing, great, exciting, huge, cool, really nice use of adjectives by Steve Jobs et al! LOL

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This blog will be entirely devoted to the Apple Mac and other Apple technology, such as the iPod, the iTouch and iPhone. There will be no discussion of Windows or Linux, except as it relates directly to the Mac. This means that I will cover such issues as Boot Camp and other aspects of virtualisation. I will not, however, be covering purely Windows and Linux stuff. Instead, I intend to cover these in other blogs devoted to those topics.

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