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From early reports, Apple's new Ipad, launched yesterday, is a faster version of the hugely popular tablet with a dramatically improved high-definition display.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook unveils the new iPad during an Apple product launch event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California. AFP
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Apple’s new Ipad: faster and prettier
The big news for electronic gadget lovers – just about everybody nowadays – is Apple's new Ipad which was launched yesterday in San Francisco, California.
From early reports, it's a faster and much prettier version of the hugely popular tablet that, according to Apple, now outsells every major computer manufacturer.
Its speed comes from a new processor, a 1.5GHz dual-core A5X chip with quad-core graphics processing and its 4G LTE capability. 4G is still a dream for Thai users but it also supports "old-fashioned" 3G and, of course, wi-fi.
The big selling point of the new Ipad (it still doesn’t have an official name) is probably its new high-definition display – a "retina display" as Apple calls it.
What is a retina display? Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle explains. “The actual meaning of "retina display," if there is one, is a picture quality so rich, you can't discern individual pixels—just a wall of pure colour (from 15 inches away, Apple says). In other words, it doesn't look like you're staring at a computer screen.”
That sounds good and so does the Ipad’s new 5 megapixel iSight camera which is capable of recording full HD video as well as sharp photos.
There is also good news for people who dislike inputting text on the Ipad’s digital keyboard. The new iPad supports dictation, converting what you say into text.
The new iPad will go on sale March 16 in Canada, France, Germany and the United States at the same price as the previous models, which start at $499 for the most basic iPad featuring wireless connectivity only.
An iPad with 16 gigabytes of memory and with both Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity will cost $629 in the United States while a 32GB Wi-Fi/4G model will cost $729 and a 64GB version with Wi-Fi and 4G will cost $829.
When will it reach Thailand? Who knows? A bit of a delay might not be so bad, however, as software developers still have a lot of work to do to adapt their products for the Apple’s retina display.
Adapted from agency and online reports.
unveil – to show or introduce a new plan, product, etc. to the public for the first time เปิดเผย, ประกาศให้รู้ทั่วไป
launch – an event held to start selling a new product or service to the public การเริ่มวางขาย
gadget – a small tool or piece of equipment that does something useful or impressive อุปกรณ์ขนาดเล็ก, กลไกขนาดเล็ก
version – a particular form of something which varies slightly from other forms of the same thing – ชุด, เวอร์ชั่น
popular – a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
tablet (computer) – a small light-weight computer device shaped like a book; e.g, iPad, Galaxy Tab, etc.
outsell – to sell more or to be sold in larger quantities than somebody/something ขายมากกว่า
manufacturer – a person or company that produces a product ผู้ผลิต
processor – a part of a computer that controls all the other parts of the system อุปกรณ์อิเล็กทรอนิกส์เพื่อสร้าง จัดเก็บ ตรวจแก้ พิมพ์คำ ข้อความ (ทางคอมพิวเตอร์)
multi-core processor – a single computing component with two or more independent actual processors (called "cores"); a dual-core has two and a quad-core four
graphics – designs, drawings or pictures ภาพ
capability – the ability to do something ความสามารถ
high-definition – high resolution; the ability of a camera, microscope, computer screen, etc. to show things clearly and with a lot of very small details ความละเอียดสูงมีความคมชัด
display – computer screen; the words, pictures, etc. shown on a computer screen จอภาพของเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์
retina – a layer of tissue at the back of the eye that is sensitive to light and sends signals to the brain about what is seen จอประสาทตา, เยื่อชั้นในของลูกตา
actual – real; existing in fact จริง
quality – the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is คุณภาพ
discern – to see or hear something สังเกตออก, มองเห็น,มองออก
pixel – any of the small individual areas on a computer screen, which together form the whole display จุดภาพ, พิกเซล
stare – to look at someone or something very directly for a long time จ้องมอง
sharp – clear and definite ชัดเจน
input – the act of putting information into a computer ป้อนข้อมูลเข้าคอมพิวเตอร์
dictation – the act of speaking or reading so that somebody/something can write down the words การเขียนตามคำบอก
convert – to change from one form to another เปลี่ยนระบบ
connectivity – the state of being connected or the degree to which two things are connected ภาวะเชื่อมต่อ, สภาพเชื่อมโยง
delay – when you have to wait longer than expected for something to happen, or the time that you have to wait การเลื่อน, การเสียเวลา
adapt – to change something to suit different conditions or uses ปรับ, ทำให้เหมาะ, ทำให้เข้ากับ