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The Apple iPad has always been a great tool and "gadget" for photographers. There are so many great apps that make our life easier and more fun, from photo editing to camera remote control, you name it, If you can think about a photography app you can probably find it. One of the iPad's strongest features for photographers is as a digital portfolio.
But the question you have to ask yourself is what does the new iPad bring to the table for photographers? Is it worth a upgrade?
Well, I think so, but it's still lacking some serious features that we may never get.
First the Good: The new retina screen almost doubles the pixel count and it's going to make you photographs look even better. Apple has given it a new more powerful processor (A5X) that definitely will help you with photo editing and other tasks that are important for photographers.
The new iPad version comes with a new front camera and an improved rear facing camera that runs at 5 mb, similar to the iPhone 4S camera.
You will have the option to buy an iPad 3 with built in LTE 4G wireless capabilities and you will be able to use the iPad as a hotspot fort the first time.
Another nice reason to get the new iPad is the release of the new iPhoto for $4.99. The new version of iPhoto offers a host of gesture-focused photo editing options including automatic horizon straightening as well as more detailed information about the images you’ve imported from other cameras. Images up to 19 mega pixels in size are supported.
Worth mentioning is that Apple has manage to keep the 10 hour battery capacity despite the performance enhancements.
The Bad: Same price structure (starting at $499) for the same storage capacity,16 – 64GB. With the bigger screen and performance you are going to want to load your new iPad with high resolution Images, but watch out since we don't get more memory to play with.
Slightly thicker and heavier, but you will probably not notice much of a difference.
And The Ugly: Apple insist in not giving us better connectivity and transfer capabilities. We are still not getting any USB ports or SD card slot or any other card memory input. That's a major disappointment for photographers. The new iPad could have been so much more useful as a professional photography tool.
And support for Abobe flash content? forget about it!
Conclusion: Overall the new iPad 3 (or iPad HD, or what ever they call it) is a great improvement from the previous iPad 2, the new retina screen and the more powerful processor is enough reason for anyone to upgrade, especially for photographers,
It won't be a good storage are transfer solution for photos but great for presentations and other light computer tasks, and did I mention that is also a fun gadget!