The new iPad is set to be released in the U.S as well as a number of countries on March 16th and brings a number of updates which will signifcantly appeal to the medical community.
The primary update is the addition of a new high resolution ‘retina display’. This 9.7″ screen has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 which is sure to appeal to to the wider medical community. Regular physicians will also find the increased graphics resolution useful when reviewing images on hospital systems. Given the importance of medical imaging in the diagnostic process, this should help propel iPad adoption.
The improved graphics processing capability will also help improve 3-dimensional modelling such as that seen in body and anatomy apps.
The new iPad has the ability to record video in 1080p HD resolution which would offer increased resolution in a telehealth care setting.
The high speed 4G LTE high speed internet combined with the increased graphics capability and camera resolution is sure to have numerous applications in telemedicine and mHealth in general.
The iPad 2 will continue to be sold with a price drop which means we may see further adoption by hospitals and family surgeries who can integrate the iPad into existing workflows for patient data and patient education.