Apple fans are abuzz after the company made its long-awaited announcement of the next incarnation of the iPad product line on Wednesday. With higher processing power, the device is seemingly built for online video.
Simply called “iPad,” the new tablet — which weighs 1.4 lbs. — sports higher resolution “retina display,” a faster processor and 4G LTE connectivity — meaning higher download speeds for users.
A high percentage of viewed and shared content online is bandwidth intensive online video. A recent report by Cisco Systems revealed that mobile video traffic “exceeded 50 percent for the first time in 2011.”
“Mobile video traffic was 52 percent by the end of 2011,” Cisco reported.
The higher speed connection, processing power and visual display all speak to this increasing Internet trend.
The iPad, available for order now, is expected to hit stores worldwide March 16. In the U.S., the 16GB Wi-Fi-only version is available for $ 499, and the Wi-Fi + 4G version for either AT&T or Verizon begins at $ 629 for 16GB.
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