Streetcorner iPad photographers or videographers is something I still haven't gotten used to, but they're out there...
Schiller: New iSight camera is a huge jump forward for iPad. It's a full new 8-megapixel camera
Schiller: Takes photos and videos at 1080p HD
Schiller: What rounds it out is the brains of it all. The image signal processing is doing in the A8X chip.
Again, 1080p video, some other products offer 4K video, but that largely feels like a numbers game, not better actual video.
Of course, my photos always look this good, too.
Schiller is showing off some photo examples.
Schiller: For the first time with iPad you can take large panoramos
Schiller: For the first time on iPad, you can take Burst Mode photos. Good for high action shots
Schiller: For the first time, can do TimeLapse
Time lapse plus slow motion makes for some real time-bending possibilities.
Schiller: Also for the first time in iPad, you can do slo-mo photos
Note that slow motion cuts the resolution down to 720p.
Schiller: There's a new FaceTime camera on the front side as well. A whole new sensor. Larger aperature lets in 81% more light. Can do burst selfies. Can do HDR with a single image
Ok, here's my next question. With facetime, selfies, etc. Is the inward-facing or outward-facing camera on a mobile device more important?
Schiller: Also faster connectivity. 802.11ac WiFi. 2.8X faster performance.
Schiller: Also faster LTE. Up to 150 Mbps. 20 LTE bands. (most iPads sold, though, are Wi-Fi only)
Schiller: TouchID in the iPad Air
Apple really spearheaded 8-2.11ac in consumer products, starting with MacBooks. Not it's everywhere. Although you probably don't have an ac router...
The iPhone’s fingerprint sensor, which Apple obtained through its acquisition of Authentec in 2012, provides an extra layer of security to Apple’s devices. It’s also essential for Apple Pay by serving as a quick and secure way of verifying purchases. It’s needed both when people tap their new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus phones on terminals to pay but also is required for people paying for items in apps with the new, faster service. Before Apple Pay, people could use the fingerprint sensor to quickly buy content from Apple's iTunes, App, and iBooks stores.
TouchID has been in the iPhone since last year's iPhone 5S
Schiller: As you know, all of us who use iPad are prodigious shopper. Now with TouchID, you'll be able to use Apple Pay to make online purchases. This isn't retail point of sale.
So no people tapping their iPads at retailers to pay (whew)
Let's be honest, Touch ID is all about encouraging impulse shopping. Removing friction from the buying experience.
But no NFC, so you won't be doing in-store with your iPad.
Apple included a near-field communications, or NFC, chip in its new iPhone 6 devices and Apple Watch. The short-range technology makes it easy to pair two devices by holding them very close to each other. It also allows you to do things like pay for things with your phone by touching the device to an NFC-enabled point-of-sale terminal. There's no NFC in the new iPad Air.
Schiller: Time for a demo with Pixelmator. Aidas Dailide is taking the stage