Apple today introduced iPad 2, an updated version of its market-dominating multitouch computer that features a thinner design, Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor, two cameras and 10 hours of battery life.
iPad 2 comes with iOS 4.3, with faster Safari mobile browsing performance; iTunes Home Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay; a built-in gyro and HDMI Video Mirroring.
Apple also introduced two new iPad apps: iMovie and GarageBand for iPad, both available for $4.99 each. GarageBand turns the iPad into a fairly powerful mobile DAW.
The announcement, though not especially surprising, may send the tablet competition back to the drawing board, because the alternatives are higher priced and fail to deliver mainstream features that leap-frog Apple’s offering. They also face the liability of empty app stores, compared to the iPad’s 65,000 apps.
Tech analysts at ZDnet are calling the iPad 2 upgrade “enough to kill the competition.”
While the iPad 2 platform is still a flawed platform for musicians – we have to agree with ZDNet. Based on what’s currently available, expect the iPad 2 to further establish the iPad as the dominant mobile music making platform.
The last few months have seen an explosion of increasingly sophisticated iPad music apps. If this continues, it’s safe to assume that some of these apps will develop into mature tools in 2011.
What do you make of today’s Apple announcements, and the state of alternatives for mobile music making?
Here’s a comparison of some of the current tablet computers:
|Platform||iPad 2||Motorola Xoom||HP TouchPad||BlackBerry Playbook|
LED-backlit IPS LCD
|Resolution||1024 x 768||1280 x 800||1024 x 768||1024 x 600|
NVIDIA Tegra 2
|1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon||1GHz dual-core
|Memory||?||1GB RAM||1GB RAM||1GB RAM|
|Storage||16GB / 32GB / 64GB||32GB||16GB / 32GB||16GB / 32GB / 64GB|
|Front camera||VGA||2 megapixel||1.3 megapixel||3 megapixel|
|Rear camera||720 / 30p video||5 megapixel AF with dual-LED flash,
720 / 30p video
|Cellular radio||Quadband HSPA or
CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A
|3G with free upgrade to 4G LTE||3G and 4G||3G and 4G|
|Bluetooth||2.1 + EDR||2.1 + EDR||2.1 + EDR||2.1 + EDR|
|Battery||25Wh||6,500mAh||6,300 mAh||5,300 mAh|