- Follow NCAA tournament on your iDevice with March Madness LIVE app
- New iPad available in Apple Stores at 8:00am on Friday
- First unboxing video of New iPad
- Benchmark test confirms New iPad has 1GB RAM, same CPU speed as iPad 2
Posted: 13 Mar 2012 02:02 PM PDT
The first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament begins tonight (between the 12th – 16th seeded teams) and if you’re a college hoops fan, the official NCAA March Madness Live app is definitely for you. March Madness Live lets you follow all 67 games in the tournament, giving you up-to-the-minute player/team stats, along with live radio and video feeds to the games. Unlike last year though, NCAA now charges $3.99 for live video streaming to your web browser, iDevices and other smartphones. So if you want to enjoy the road to the Final Four on your iPhone or iPad, you can enable video streaming with an in-app purchase. It should also be noted that this feature is only available to those residing in the US.
NCAA Digital, NCAA® March Madness Live, – Free
Posted: 13 Mar 2012 10:07 AM PDT
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.
Posted: 13 Mar 2012 08:03 AM PDT
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:
Posted: 13 Mar 2012 06:45 AM PDT
The folks who run the Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn 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.
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