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Apple event: 3-7-2012

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Chris Blount, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    On the 1080p front... I've re-downloaded a bunch of my iTunes content and can definitely say I see a big improvement over the 720p previous downloads.

    I don't yet have an Apple TV to see these on my big screen... but on my iPad and my 24" iMac they look very noticeably better.

    They probably do not compare as well with Blu-rays that I own... but I wouldn't expect them to... so I'm mostly impressed here.

    The only thing I wish... is that there were some better way to get the 1080p downloads for movies/tv shows you already own. It would be nice if there were a simple way to see what you've already purchased that has a 1080p download that you could tag and download. Also would be nice if there were an easier way to remove the 720p file after you get the 1080p download.

    There's a lot of manual tinkering I have to do to get things updated.
     
  2. TBlazer07

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    So you have your "3?" and you can "see" the difference between 720P and 1080P on a 10" screen? You must have incredible eyes or I have bad ones. Probably the latter. :)
     
  3. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    My iPad 3 is on the move! It left Nashville at 3am this morning. Yay!
     
  4. Steve

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    Ditto. Mine got to Newark at 7AM, about an hour away, so it's getting closer!

    And my Apple TV moved from Ontario to upstate NY last night.
     
  5. RunnerFL

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    Mine too, it went from Nashville to Memphis. Woo hoo!
     
  6. dmspen

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    Saw any interesting tidbit about the new iPad. A retina icon on the iPad is 'bigger' than an original Mac screen!
     
  7. Steve

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    Ya. The original Mac display was 512x342 total pixels in your choice of colors, either black or white! :p

    Even still, they managed to offer font selection!

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Stewart Vernon

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    I don't have a new iPad... I don't even have an iPad 2. But even on the original iPad, the downscaled 1080p files look a little bit better than the 720p files did.

    Not saying that it is worlds of difference like it is on the 24" monitor sometimes... but still noticeable if you look closely.
     
  9. TBlazer07

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    I can't even tell the difference on my 50" PDP! I can't imagine how you can on 9 inches. Are you sure it's not the placebo effect or maybe the "megapixel myth." :lol:
     
  10. Steve

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    My new Apple TV just arrived, a day earlier than the tracking estimate! :up:
     

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  11. Stewart Vernon

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    Nah.. I have several that I compared side-by-side 720p vs 1080p. I grant you that it is hard to tell on an iPad... but not impossible.

    There are lots of posts on the internet of people who can't tell any difference in DVD vs Blu-ray... so apparently we all have different levels of eyesight.

    The Apple 1080p still doesn't compare to my Blu-rays... I wouldn't mean to imply that... but definitely are better than what they had before, so it is a step in the right direction to me.
     
  12. Alan Gordon

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    Aside from some Digital Copies I've gotten from iTunes, I haven't gotten any movies from them (I still think it's weird that of the Digital Copies I have, only one movie is listed in my previous purchases... you'd think they would at least work something out with Disney), so no HD movies for me to re-download.

    However, I have quite a few TV shows I could re-download, but I have no idea if any of them are in 1080p or not. :mad:

    A game I have on my iPad 2 updated last week, and I noticed some of the graphics were sharper. I suspect the developer was getting ready for the iPad 3.

    ~Alan
     
  13. Alan Gordon

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    LUCKY!! :D

    ~Alan<~~~~~~~~Wants one very badly...
     
  14. mutelight

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    Nice! Enjoy!

    I have two Apple TVs in my place and would love the new one but I cannot justify only the resolution increase.

    I really only push random YouTube videos to them when friends are over and use it to AirPlay music to my systems.
     
  15. Steve

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    Thanks! I can already AirPlay iPad/iPod audio to my Pioneer home theater receiver, and that's worked out really well.

    This is my first ATV, tho. Not really sure how I'm going to use it, but I figure it'll be fun to AirPlay video to it, display photos, or simply to mirror whatever my iPad screen is doing, ATM, on a 65" 1080p display.
     
  16. mutelight

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    I am jealous, my Pioneer Elite SC-05 doesn't support that. :(

    I will be interested to see if the iPad will display mirror 1080p to the ATV.

    When I would use my iPad 2 with the ATV, the resolution was 720p and a low bitrate so under motion it got pretty messy.
     
  17. dennisj00

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    Enjoy your ATV!! We've enjoyed our 720p versions and will probably wait to upgrade unless there's really something different with the new iPad (due tomorrow.)

    Other than a really good interface, Airplay and a great Netflix interface, our main use is movies on our PCs, AirVideo to the iPad, then Airplay to ATV. . . nothing but net!!

    And it travels well!
     
  18. Chris Blount

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    At my local sort facility. This excitement builds!

    (Yes, its OK to post your play-by-play. Nothing wrong with having a little bit if fun. :) )
     
  19. Herdfan

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    Teays...
  20. Steve

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    Looks like the answer is "it depends" on the app.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-5...dy-ipad-apps-explode-in-size-not-necessarily/

    According to the chart on that page, it was 2-3 media rich apps that gained the most weight. Looks like most other apps gained about 10MB on average, which shouldn't be a big deal, IMHO.
     

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