[Highlighting Bluetooth 4.0 and Other Less Appreciated New Features] Finally: A Truly Magical iPad | Computerworld

Bluetooth 4.0

Everybody’s excited about the new Apple iPad’s high-resolution screen. But ultimately, the Retina display is just a pretty face. It can’t do anything that the screens on previous models couldn’t do.

In fact, just about all of the features that are considered “new” in the new iPad are really just bigger helpings of the old capabilities: More pixels on the screen. More graphics performance. More megapixels in the camera. More megabits per second with the mobile broadband connection. There’s more of everything. But what’s fundamentally different?

One of the least appreciated new features is one that truly brings entirely new capabilities to the iPad. That feature is Bluetooth 4.0 support.

One common complaint about Apple’s mobile devices by fans of alternatives, such as those based on Google’s Android operating system, is that Apple is slow to include new technologies. And it’s true. In fact, Apple’s industrial design chief, Jonathan Ive, told a British newspaper this week that Apple’s competitors don’t succeed like Apple does because they’re too “interested in doing something different, or want to appear new.” Those are the wrong goals, he said.

Read the entire article here: Finally: A Truly Magical iPad | Computerworld

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