October, 2011 Issue

New iPad Hardware: Lots of Potential

For something that’s 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 weren’t careful. The iPad’s entré was really as a document reader (charts, approach plates, etc.) and preflight briefing tool. But it’s 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. Here’s a look at what’s new on the hardware side. We’ll take a look at what’s new on the app side in a separate article.

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