iPad 2 Replaced by 4th-Gen iPad

It looks like Apple’s supply of iPad 2s has finally tapped out. As of yesterday, the least expensive full-size iPad option is now the fourth-generation iPad instead of the iPad 2. That’s great news for anyone who wants an iPad but can’t afford the iPad Air.

The 4th-gen iPad comes in only a 16 GB configuration, in black or white, for $399 (or $529 for the LTE cellular-equipped model). The differences between this iPad and the iPad 2 is striking: the 4th-gen iPad boasts a vastly better processor, more graphics capabilities, more working memory (1 GB compared to the iPad 2’s 512 MB), and of course the high-resolution Retina display. This model will definitely have a longer useful life than if you were to buy an iPad 2.

(Source: Apple and TechHive)

New iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, and Apps. Hoo boy!

Apple just opened the floodgates of its product releases, announcing new iPads, iLife apps, MacBook Pros, and the Mac Pro. (Oh, and OS X Mavericks, which is available now and free; my OS X Mavericks book is being printed now!)

IPadAir 200pxFor photographers, the new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini are really exciting. The iPad Air replaces the fourth-generation 9.7-inch iPad and is lighter and thinner—both welcome improvements! The Retina iPad mini will appeal to photographers who want great image quality in the smallest form factor (although the new iPad mini is a hair thicker and heavier—0.73 lb. vs 0.68 lb.—than the regular iPad mini). But I’m going for the iPad Air, which weighs just 1.0 lb. and is 0.29 inch thick.

I’m also looking forward to new versions of iPhoto and iMovie for iOS (and on the Mac—Apple has been busy!). I’ll write more once they’re installed. The iLife and iWork apps are now free with the purchase of new devices; updates aren’t yet available as I type this, but they’re supposed to be available today.

From what I can tell, these releases don’t impact the book terribly. iPhoto will look different, and of course now that iOS 7 is out many of the screenshots in the book are likely to be different as well. I wrote about the changes to the Camera and Photos apps for TidBITS: Photos Get Renewed Focus in iOS 7.

More info as I get a chance. It’s suddenly very busy over here!