iPad 3 features integrated dictation, higher resolution screen and camera
Apple's latest version of the iPad will support a new dictation function, allowing users to dictate messages and notes and convert them immediately to text, as well as a much higher resolution display that will make viewing clinical images easier.
The new iPad, to be released in Australia on March 16, features Apple's new Retina display, which it says delivers four times the number of pixels of iPad 2.
In a statement, Apple said the 3.1 million pixels in the Retina display are more than one million more pixels than an HD TV and the display has increased its colour saturation by 44 per cent. Movies are now capable of playing at full 1080p HD resolution.
With the dictation function, Apple said that instead of typing, users can tap the microphone icon on the keyboard and the new iPad will record your message. When you tap “done”, it will convert your words into text.
“You can use dictation to write messages, take notes, search the web and more,” Apple said.
“Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can update your Facebook status, tweet, or write Instagram captions.”
Although Apple is not allowed to market the iPad directly to clinicians for medical use, it is known that doctors have taken to the device with great enthusiasm.
According to recent research, 26 per cent of European doctors own an iPad and 40 per cent of the rest are planning to purchase one in the next six months.
European doctors who own an iPad spend 27 per cent of their professional online time on the device.
A report in American Medical News, a publication of the American Medical Association, said no numbers are available for iPad sales specific to healthcare, but it found that major institutions such as Stanford University School of Medicine in California are handing it out to medical students.
The report also found that at a healthcare district in California, more than 60 doctors are using iPads to look at x-rays and electrocardiograms, while residents and attending physicians at the orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation department at Loyola University Medical Center in Illinois are using iPads to access drug reference guides and electronic medical records.
Surgeons are using them in the operating room to access reference tools.
An aged care provider has also deployed iPads throughout its system for use at the point of care.
For more on how the iPad is being used in the clinical setting, see the iMedical Apps website.
According to Apple, the iPad 2 will remain available as a 16GB model, with a new price of $429 for Wi-Fi and $569 for Wi-Fi + 3G. There are also 32GB and 64GB models for Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+3G, ranging from $649 to $899.
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