Benchmark test confirms New iPad has 1GB RAM, same CPU speed as iPad 2

The folks who run the Vietnamese site appear to have gotten their hands on the New iPad and promptly put it through a Geekbench test, confirming that the latest iTablet does indeed have 1GB of Ram (988MB). This will be the first iDevice to hit the 1GB mark; both the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 have 512 MB of ram. As for the Geekbench score, the new iPad settled at 756, which is on par with benchmarks from that of the iPad 2. Not surprising considering that the processor clocks in at 1GHz, meaning there’s no bump in CPU speed. For the complete breakdown of the Geekbench test, hit the source to check out the rest of the screenshots.

[ via Engadget]

Khan Academy official app now available for iPad. Watch over 2,700 educational videos for free

Khan Academy, the non-profit education organization that features thousands of educational videos, has released the official Khan Academy app for the iPad.

We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history.

Spend an afternoon brushing up on Statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of Computer Science. Prepare for that upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia.

The iPad app features Khan Academy’s complete library of over 2,700 videos (downloadable for offline use), as well as subtitles and progress tracking. It’s now available on the App Store and is free to download. You can check out a sample video of one of the lessons after the break.

Khan Academy - Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. Khan Academy, Khan Academy  – Free

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Online orders for New iPad now ships in 2-3 weeks

Unless you’re among the early birds who’ve already pre-ordered the new iPad online, be prepared to stand in line come March 16th as shipping dates have slipped once again. After selling out of its initial online stock last friday, Apple had posted March 19th (US and Canada) as the new shipping date for the past several days. And just overnight, that had been pushed back to the dreaded “2-3 weeks” time frame. According to an Apple spokesperson, demand for the new iPad has been tremendous.

“Customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased. Customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date.”

As for the iPad 2, shipping remains the same (1-3 business days) for both the 16GB Wifi ($399) and 3G ($529) models.

[Apple Insider]

iPad 3 release date set for March 16? And will it be called iPad HD?

9to5mac is reporting that the iPad 3’s release date is set for March 16th, 9 days after the official unveiling planned for tomorrow at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. This comes from a reliable Apple Store source’s info that “preparations are being made for a big Apple Store event which will culminate on Friday, March 16th”. If you’ll recall, the iPad 2 was first announced last year on March 2nd, and 9 days later, was released on March 11th. So time frame wise, a March 16th launch date is certainly possible, and perhaps even highly probable.

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Windows 8 tablet vs iOS on iPad [Video]

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released on Wednesday morning, and within a day, it had more than a million downloads. The upcoming OS is a complete departure from the Windows as we all know, with a Metro-style interface that relies heavily on touch and gestures. So how does Windows 8 running on a tablet stack up to iOS on an iPad? Quite well it seems. The Verge have posted a great video (above) showing the two OSes side-by-side, including a rundown of the features we can expect from Windows 8.

[via TUAW]

Production of 7.85 inch iPad supposedly slated for production in Third quarter of 2012

DigiTimes is once again stoking the flames for the rumoured 7.85-inch iPad, which they first suggested was likely a few months ago. In a new report published today, DigiTimes’ sources claim that manufacturers in Apple’s supply chain have already started delivering samples of the smaller iPad for “verification”, with volume production to begin in Q3 of 2012.

Makers in Apple’s iPad supply chain have started delivering samples of 7.85-inch iPads for verification, with volume production likely to begin in the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest, according to industry sources.

The belief is that Apple is planning on launching the 7.85-inch iPad to compete with Amazon’s $199 7-inch Kindle Fire and other similarly sized tablets. The same sources have pegged the 7.85-inch iPad’s price at US$249-299, and the rumoured 8GB iPad 2 to sell for US$349-399 when released. Now before you get overly excited about a smaller iPad, just know that DigiTimes has been known to be wrong before with their reports, so cautiously take it with a grain of salt.

[via MacRumors]

8GB iPad 2 to be announced next week with 16/32 GB models for iPad 3?

Digitimes is reporting that during next week’s March 7th event, Apple will be announcing an 8GB iPad 2 alongside the iPad 3, which supposedly will only come in 2 models – 16 and 32 GB.

As Apple has scheduled an event on March 7, sources from its upstream supply chain pointed out that the company is expected to launch two iPad 3 models – a 16GB version and 32GB version.

In addition to iPad 3, Apple is also expected to unveil an 8GB iPad 2, allowing the tablet PC series to cover different segments and to defend against Windows 8-based tablet PCs, the sources noted.

An 8GB iPad 2 is entirely possible – even likely – as it falls in line with a capacity (and price) drop found in that of the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 after nearly a year of being released. An iPad 3 launching without a 64GB model however, seems a bit strange, especially given how the iPad 2 does come in 64GB versions. And with the expected hi-res display in the third gen iPad, you’d expect that users would want even more space to store their HD videos and whatnot. Well, we’re only less than a week from the unveiling, so we’ll soon find out if this info is completely accurate.

[via iMore]

Law & Order: Legacies in Review – TV show live and under control


Before I start, I would like to say that for better or for worse I’ve never seen a single episode of Law and Order. Ever. So as I laid my hands on the recent release from Telltale, I was completely unbiased, if a little surprised. It seemed to me that the TV show in question would not survive the transfer to videogaming well, let alone on an iOS device. Boy, was I wrong. But wait, the court’s in session and the jury have yet to reach a verdict on Law & Order: Legacies.

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EPOCH in Review – Go save the princess, you tin can!

At times it seems developers just miss that creative spark in terms of writing, leaving us stuck with stories full of cardboard characters and clichés. But every once in a while a streak of genius may turn such a seemingly boring tale into something new and original. And depending on the viewpoint EPOCH falls neatly into the latter category. Or not.

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Jurassic Park: The Game 1 HD in Review – Daddy, look at those pretty dinosaurs!

For years now Telltale has proven time and time again that they’re able to turn a famous franchise into first-class episodic adventures. We’ve seen this in reboots of Sam & Max and Monkey Island (Review) series, as well as excellent adaptations of Wallace & Gromit and Back to the Future (Review). But when Jurassic Park: The Game was announced I couldn’t help but feel skeptical as to how the unique cinematic experience of such a movie could be translated into an interactive title. Well, I can tell you right now I have been proven wrong.

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