October 21, 2014

Using the iPad for Genealogy: Do You Need the 4th Generation iPad?

In all the hullabaloo about the iPad Mini, you may have missed hearing much about the new iPad that will be hitting stores Nov. 2.  But if you picked up the “New iPad’ about 8 months ago, you may be wondering if you really need to be looking at the newest version.  The answer is: it depends. Here are some question you can ask yourself to decide:

Do I need more speed?

Most people I’ve talked to are very happy with the speed of the the “iPad 2″ and “New iPad” (#3). However, the next iPad will sport a A6 dual core processor with quad core graphics boasted to be twice as fast as the A5 in the previous version.  So if you need speed, it’s definitely worth a look. (And the battery life is to remain at the current 10 hours.)

Am I going to upgrade to the iPhone 5? 

It will sport the new smaller Lightning connector, and the new iPad will as well. In fact, you’ll be seeing the Lightning connector from now on. If you aren’t upgrading yet, just be aware that you’ll have to deal with two different cords if you upgrade your iPad.

Do I plan on spending a lot of time on Skype, Google Hangouts, or other video communications?

You’ll look your best if you make the switch thanks to the upgraded 1.2MP FaceTime HD front facing camera.

Still undecided? Here are a few more details on the 4th Generation iPad:

- 9.7-inch LED backlit multi-touch IPS Retina display (1024 x 1536 pixels)

- 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera

- 5MP iSight snapper

- iOS 6

- Lightning connector, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, 4G LTE

- 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable Li-poly battery

Use Your iPad for Genealogy

No matter which version of iPad you have, my new book Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse  will show you how to put it to work for all your genealogy needs!

 

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About Lisa

Lisa Louise Cooke is the Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy audio show at www.GenealogyGems.com. She is the author of the books Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies and The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, and the Google Earth for Genealogy DVD series, an international conference speaker, and writer for Family Tree Magazine.