Cards on the table: iPad HD

As pretty much everyone who cares knows by now, there will be an Apple event tomorrow that will introduce the new iPad. It’s prediction time. Here’s what I’m guessing we’ll see.

  • The new iPad will be called the iPad HD and, other than some minor tweaks to the shape of the back, will look essentially the same as the iPad 2 when turned off.
  • It will have a high-resolution, 2048×1536 screen.
  • It will have a faster processor. I’m betting this will be the quad-core A6 processor, but a faster dual-core processor (A5X) is also possible.
  • It will have better cameras and “FaceTime HD” will be touted as one the advantages.
  • A new Apple TV will be released. It will be basically the same as the old Apple TV, but will support 1080p video.
  • There will be new apps/features to highlight the strengths of the new iPad. This is most likely to include photo editing (e.g. Aperture).
  • It will have Bluetooth 4.0
  • The 3G models will be replaced by LTE models, at least in the US, for carriers that support LTE. FaceTime over LTE will be touted as one of the advantages.
  • We’ll also see the announcement of some major new iPad apps, most likely Microsoft Office.

Siri is a wildcard. I give it a 50% chance.

Lytro needs work

Lytro review | The Verge.

But the first iteration of the Lytro isn’t quite there yet: it’s hard to use, its display is terrible, and outside of a few particular situations its photos aren’t good enough to even be worth saving. It’s not even close to being able to replace an everyday camera, and at $399-$499, for most people it would have to.

Lytro is the camera based on new technology that lets you focus the picture after you take the shot. I’m definitely improving as a photographer, but I have my share of out of focus shots. Digital photography has a number of advantages over conventional photography, but one of the biggest appeals is that you can fix so many issues after you take the picture. The Lytro appears to add incorrect focus to the list.  However, it sounds like the technology just isn’t there yet to replace something like a dSLR.