Opera has launched a new browser for the iPad called Coast. It’s the result of nearly a year and a half of work born out of the frustration that browsers haven’t really changed since the days of Mosaic despite the fact that devices have evolved a lot since then. With multi-touch devices like tablets, Huib Kleinhout – leader of the Coast project – believed browsers needed to get with the times.
With Coast, they set out to build a tablet browser that eliminates many of the complexities in a desktop variant simply because tablet users don’t use browsers as a power tool. Making a new tablet interface with larger elements wasn’t enough.
Opera Coast uses almost no user interface elements save for a home button at the bottom of the screen and another small button to show recently visited sites. Everything else takes place through gestures as you’d naturally imagine they would. Swipe left or right to move forward or back through browsing history, etc.
The traditional bookmark list is replaced by an iOS-like home screen with large icons for your favorite sites. There’s also a search bar on the home screen which uses Opera’s backend services to suggest results as you type.
The app is available as of writing for iOS. It’s unclear if or when an Android version would be released although Kleinhout did say they are certainly looking at bringing the browser to other platforms.
The 4th generation iPad sports a beefier A6X processor for double the CPU and graphics performance (versus iPad 3), an improved FaceTime camera that supports 720p resolution, the new Lightning connector, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and the same image signal processor found in the iPhone 5.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad and it’s much more than just a shrunken-down iPad. The iPad Mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
The iPad 2 improves on the original in many ways, including a significantly faster dual-core CPU, improved graphics and a thinner footprint. The iPad 2 also manages to shave off 0.2 pounds for a total weight of 1.33 pounds on the Wi-Fi only model. Apple has included two cameras on the iPad 2 – a VGA-quality front facing lens for FaceTime and a rear-facing camera capable of recording 720p video.
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