October, 2011 Issue
New iPad Hardware: Lots of Potential
For something thats really a beefed-up cell phone at heart, this device is surprisingly versatile in the cockpit. Add-on hardware is extending its reach.
The iPad has taken such a hold of GA that we could easily turn into Apple Pilot Monthly if we werent careful. The iPads entré was really as a document reader (charts, approach plates, etc.) and preflight briefing tool. But its expanded into more of a cockpit resource equal to or surpassing portable avionics. That trend pushes the limits of what we think about an iPad doing, but also relies on expanded hardware beyond the iPad itself. Heres a look at whats new on the hardware side. Well take a look at whats new on the app side in a separate article.
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