From CAD to music editing the new fourth generation iPad with 128GB storage and the Retina display is even better for getting work done, or so claims Apple.
CAD and music editing are not the sort of things we usually associate with the iPad, however useful the iPad may be.
But designers and audio professionals should give the just-announced fourth generation iPad with 128GB storage and Retina display a look, according to Apple/
Apple is making a specific appeal to businesses in the sales pitch for the new iPad, which is essentially the same as the previous forth generation model apart for two things:
- it has iOS 6.1 out of the box
- storage has increased to 128GB.
For that extra storage you'll pay more. The price has increased to:
- $869 for the Wi-Fi only model
- $1,009 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model that works on the Telstra and Optus networks in Australia.
Why bother? Here are two quotes from the press release.
"Our AutoCAD WS app for iOS was designed to give customers seamless access to their designs anywhere, anytime," the press release quotes Autodesk vice president of AutoCAD products Amy Bunszel.
"These files are often large and highly detailed so having the thin and light iPad with its Multitouch display, integrated camera and all-day battery life, is a real advantage for iPad users to view, edit and share their AutoCAD data."
"The features and capabilities of iPad give us the ability to set a new standard for multitrack recording and editing on a mobile device," said Rim Buntinas, CEO of WaveMachine Labs, in Apple's media release.
"Users of the Auria app can play 48 mono or stereo 24bit/96 kHz tracks simultaneously, record up to 24 of those tracks simultaneously, and also edit and mix with familiar tools. With its portability and all-day battery life, iPad has revolutionised recording for audio professionals allowing artists to record anywhere."
Other business applications highlighted by Apple include viewing of X-rays, film edits, training videos and service manuals.
As we've already seen, the iPad is making its way into all sorts of business - for example, this home builder which uses the iPad to view drawings out on the job site.
For what it's worth, Apple has this web page with a bunch of different videos showing how it sees iPads being used in business scenarios.
When can I get it?
The 128GB iPad goes on sale in the middle of next week at Apple Stores, the Apple Online Store, and certain authorised resellers.
Later next week Microsoft is also expected to release its Surface Pro tablet in 64GB and 128GB versions.
Unlike the original Surface (which uses an ARM processor to run a cut-down operating system called Windows RT), the Surface Pro has an Core processor and runs the full Windows 8.
If you've been waiting for Microsoft tablet computer that runs the full-blown version of Windows and has enough power to run complex applications, this is it.
Unlike the new iPad, Microsoft is recommending Windows 8 tablets typically ship with 64GB of storage.