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Apple’s iPad announcement today was all about what it calls the “post-PC” era, in which mobile devices are the future of computing, if not the present.
“Apple has its feet in post-PC future,” said Apple chief executive Tim Cook at a press conference in San Francisco. “We think the iPad is the poster child of the post-PC world.”
That’s a smart position to take for a company that has dominated mobile markets (smartphones and tablets) far better than it ever did in personal computers. Whether it can hang on to its mobile lead — and make the “post-PC” tag stick — remains to be seen.
Apple’s post-PC growth by the numbers:
- Apple has already sold over 172 million “post-PC” devices to date
- These devices accounted for 76 percent of Apple’s revenue in Q4 2011
- In the last quarter Apple shipped 62 million post-PC devices
- Apple retail stores have already seen foot traffic from 110 million customers
- iCloud has 100 million users since its launch in October 2011
- The new Apple TV now supports 1080p, available for order now at $99
- 585,000 apps in the App Store – 200,000+ optimized specifically for the iPad
- 55 million iPads sold thus far
The New iPad:
- The new iPad has a Retina display of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, 264 pixels per inch
- Apple’s new A5X chip can process up to 4 times the number of pixels. “It is a graphics powerhouse,” Cook said.
- It now supports 4G LTE, which can run up to 73 megabits per second (Mbps)
- Also supports HSPA+, which runs upto 21Mbps and DC-HSDPA, which runs up to 42 Mbps
- The U.S. is getting two iPad versions: one for Verizon and AT&T respectively
- Battery power lasts up to 10 hours, nine hours if you’re using 4G
- It weighs 1.4 pounds and is 9.4mm thick
- Pricing: Wi-Fi only version costs $499 for 16 gigabytes (GB), $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB
- Pricing: Wi-Fi and 4G will run you $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, $829 64GB.
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