iPad (Retina) App Updates Roundup: PDF Expert, Facebook, Nook, Air Display and Upad

Over the past 24 hours, several notable iPad apps were updated to include support for the new iPad’s retina display. PDF Expert, my favorite PDF reader/annotator on the iPad, also received a great new feature – Document Thumbnails. Now all files are shown as thumbnails and moving PDFs around (i.e into folders) can be done via simple drag ‘n drops. Another anticipated update came from Air Display, where turning on the “HiDPI mode” on your Mac OS Lion will essentially turn that new iPad into a gorgeous 2048 x 1536 secondary display for your iMac/Macbook. Check out the complete “what’s new” for these updated apps after the break.

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New iPad not as “hot” as other tablets

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about buying the new iPad due to concerns that it runs hotter than its predecessors (Consumer Reports recorded a temperature of 116 degrees Fahrenheit after playing Infinity Blade II for 45 minutes), this new test performed by Wired could possibly ease your mind a little. Comparing Apple’s latest with 5 other tablets, including the Asus Prime Transformer and Kindle Fire, each tablet was used to play Dead Space (Infinity Blade is an iOS exclusive) for 30 minutes. Here’s what Wired found:

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New iPad runs 10 degrees fahrenheit hotter than iPad 2, Apple responds

Most owners of the the new iPad have likely noticed that the back of the device gets noticeably warmer after about 20-30 minutes of use. Well, Dutch site Tweakers.net have taken the liberty to find out just how much hotter the new iPad runs compared with its predecessor. After running GLBenchmark for 5 minutes, the site took thermal images with an infrared camera on both tablets and measured their hottest zones. On the new iPad, the rear right (lower) area reached 33.6 degrees Celcius (92.5 Fahrenheit) while the iPad was recorded at 28.3 C (82.9 F).

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Apple sells 3 million new iPads in 3 days

The first weekend sales figures for the new iPad have been announced and they’re impressive – 3 million units sold. By comparison, the first iPad sold 450,000 units after 5 days and didn’t reach the 1 million mark until its 30th day. As for the iPad 2, while Apple didn’t release initial launch figures, it’s believed that over 1 million were sold in its first 3 days.

“The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.”

The new iPad was launched on March 16th in 10 countries, and will be available in 24 more on March 23rd, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand and Spain. You can check out the full press release after the break.

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Some Thoughts on the new iPad

Since Tim Cook officially confirmed on March 7th that the iPad 3 (or shall we say, “new iPad”) will feature what we’d all been anticipating – the retina display – I’d immediately pre-ordered the lateset Apple slate online (Wifi model) and counted the days before the UPS driver would pull up to my driveway. Now that I’ve had the chance to play with the iPad throughout the weekend, I can honestly say that I’m loving it more and more every time I flip open its smart cover. Coming from the original iPad, this is a gigantic leap forward – pretty much like going from a Mazda 6 to a BMW M coupé. For those who, like me, skipped a generation, the new iPad will simply blow you away. It’s faster, packs four times the memory and has a display that’s currently best-in-class.

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Jailbreak of new iPad (3rd generation) on the horizon?

To all the early adopters of the new iPad who are hoping to add Cydia to their retina-tablet ASAP, fret not as the Dev Team have posted some encouraging news regarding its eventual Jailbreak. This comes on the heels of the iPad 2 running iOS 5.1 being jailbroken by hacker @i0n1c, which he shared with the rest of the community via several pics he posted on his twitter account. Here’s the “good news” the Dev Team posted on their blog:

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Apple: Great Apps for New iPad

The new iPad has landed and Apple is currently featuring 32 apps that are now optimized for the device’s 2048×1536 pixel resolution screen. The section - Great Apps for New iPad – features several reading apps like Readability, Reeder for iPad and The Early Edition 2, as well as the newly released games Flight Control Rocket and Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy, which you can bet look smashing on the retina display. Head on within for the full list of links and begin stocking up on some great apps for your brand new iPad.

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New iPad’s Retina display and sample camera shots

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Yesterday, Vietnamese website Tinhte.vn revealed the very first unboxing video of the new iPad, as well as benchmarking it with the Geekbench 2 app. Now, they’ve shared on their forums some new photos of the retina display in action. It is clear just how much sharper the screen is, especially when it comes to the text and app icons (notice the icons for Angry Birds and PvZ HD). It’s been noted that the retina-enabled apps are 2.5 to 3 times the size of the previous versions (google translation):

These applications developed by Apple has been upgraded to support the Retina screen, for example with Keynote (iWork software sets), this application previously only content of 115MB but its latest version is 327MB. Numbers from 109MB or 283MB up to, from 95MB to 269MB Pages, iMovie from 70MB to 404MB. On average, these applications increased 2.5 to 3 times the older versions mostly to support the Retina Display resolution, besides adding some new features.

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New iPad available in Apple Stores at 8:00am on Friday

According to 9to5mac, Apple Stores will open earlier – at 8:00am – on Friday, March 16 to begin selling the new iPads. This comes from a “friend in retail” who provided the site with a snapshot of an upcoming Store front signage with the 8am launch time (presumably that would be 8am in your own time zone). This will be quite the change from last year, when the iPad 2 officially went on sale in stores at 5pm. With online pre-orders now pushed back to the 2-3 week time frame, those who wish to get their hands on the newest iPad come March 16th will undoubtedly have to line up in stores nice and early. Also of note: it is not currently known if the new iPads will also be available at 8am in Apple Stores in Canada and other initial launch countries.


First unboxing video of New iPad

Tinhte.vn, the website that benchmarked the New iPad, have also posted an unboxing video and images of a 16GB Wifi + 4G model they received several days ahead of its official release. Their initial impression of the 3rd gen iPad is that while it’s slightly heavier and thicker, the changes may not really be that noticeable to the user. As for the retina display, images look “really smooth”. Here’s the google translated version of their quick run-through:

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