Tablet Tuesday: Why Apple & Samsung Fans Can’t Wait For MarchFebruary 28, 2012 11:35 am ·
Most of the time, the incredible barrier between Samsung and Apple seems almost impermeable. The long, bitter—and even sometimes humorous—war between the two companies has become so customary that many tech writers wouldn’t know what to talk about if the struggle suddenly ceased. Despite the ongoing tension that typically defines that relationship, however, there is one thing about which both Apple and Samsung enthusiasts can agree. March can’t get here soon enough.
Apple Finally Fesses Up
After weeks upon weeks of rumors, Apple has finally officially acknowledged that an iPad event is indeed scheduled for March 7th, at 10AM (Pacific Standard Time) in San Francisco. Taking to his Twitter account Tuesday morning, New York Times contributor Nick Bilton confirmed that he received an email from Apple requesting his presence at the upcoming Apple Event.
“Just arrived in my inbox with a picture of an iPad: ‘Please join Apple on March 7 for a Special Event,’” the tweet read.
And thanks to The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky, we can see what that invitation looks like:
“As you can see in the image above, that’s no regular iPad display,” Topolsky notes. “It appears to be a higher resolution than the iPad or iPad 2. Also, the casing of the product pictured looks darker than current iPad models. It’s hard to say if that’s a trick of lighting or not.”
You’ve probably noticed that still nobody is calling the upcoming Apple tablet the iPad 3—and for good reason. Given what many initially called a letdown at the last iPhone event—when fans were given the iPhone 4S instead of the iPhone 5 they expected—it’s become popular to speculate that a similar plan is in the works for the next iPad.
Among the theories postulated have been suggestions of a modestly upgraded iPad 2 (an iPad 2S, perhaps?), an 8-inch ‘iPad Mini’, and (my personal favorite) a new iPad 3 while dropping the cost of the iPad 2 to the attractive price of $299. Unsurprisingly, Apple has provided little information to determine which, if any of these ideas have validity.
And that’s just the way they like it.
What we do know is this: the most highly anticipated upgrade in the new Apple tablet is to its resolution. The most consistently noted change from the various outlets that make up the Apple rumor mill is the addition of the company’s prized Retina display, whose pixel density is so impressive, says Apple, “your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels.”
Other reports include expectations for the next iPad to be 4G-compatible—the first Apple device to have that distinction—as well a quad-core processor, new camera, larger battery and even Siri.
And if a new iPad isn’t enough to make an Apple event worth watching, a new Apple TV (not the HD ‘iTV’ that Apple is set to release later this year) is also reportedly set to debut alongside the highly anticipated Apple tablet.
Something Sweet From Samsung
Despite Samsung Mobile’s big reveal of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 for Verizon last month, one thing remained a big mystery in the following months—it’s release date. Seeming to capitalize on the fact that tablets are currently an even hotter topic than they normally are, Verizon finally announced today that the new 7-inch tablet will be here March 1st.
“Announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com starting March 1,” the network proudly announced.
Highly anticipated for its 4G LTE capability, as well as its 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, HTML 5 browser and 2- and 3.2-megapixel cameras, the new Samsung tablet promises to be a multimedia monster—promising to make many a consumer very happy. However, there is one small downside. If you were anticipating Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS, you might want to take your finger off the order button—which, by the way, will set you back $499 plus the cost of a new two-year contract—because the Galaxy Tab 7.7 currently ships with Honeycomb.
That being said, while March promises to be an exciting month for those of us who already know what they want with absolute certainty, the introduction of two more tablets to an already seemingly endless selection threatens to push many to even greater degrees of indecisiveness.
From one overwhelmed consumer to another, I bid you good luck!
- LTE-Packing Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Hits VZW Shelves On March 1 (techcrunch.com)
- That’s it: Tablets on contract should be abolished! (gigaom.com)
- iPad 3 event official: March 7 in San Francisco (geek.com)
- FCC gets a look at Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 (ubergizmo.com)
- Apple sets media event for 10 a.m. PT March 7 (macworld.com)