Apple’s ‘The new iPad’ unveiled with Retina Display, Quad-Core Processor and more!
Ladies and Gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally come with Apple announcing the new and exciting Apple iPad Generation 3! That’s right, regardless of what you thought they were going to call it (iPad 2S, iPad HD, iPad 3 etc..), they’ve gone ahead and called this the ‘The New iPad’ and if the specs are any indication then this is going to be one of the greatest tablets ever made! And if specs are anything to go by, then this is truly the first real iPad upgrade since the original came out just 2 years ago. So what exactly makes the The New iPad so excited (and has us up at 5am!)? The gorgeous little number from Apple has killer specs of course (and that it’s an iPad). It still comes with a standard 9.7-inch touch screen, but with a staggering 2048 x 1536 resolution, which means it has 3.1 million pixels! Furthermore, the Pixels Per Inch (PPI) sits at an incredibly high 264 PPI (that’s higher than some phones)! The new screen also boasts better colours to deal with the high grade retina display such as colour saturation (and we’re sure a few other additions in order to make sure the screen is just going to be drop dead gorgeous).
And no it doesn’t stop there because in usual Apple fashion, it wouldn’t quite be a new iPad without a power bump and that’s exactly what’s happened here. Apple’s A4 Dual-Core processor has been upgraded brushed aside and upgraded with a A5X processor and a Quad-Core graphics Chip, something which we feel is going to churn through games and processes like there’s no tomorrow! Furthermore, Apple have come straight out and claimed that their processor and chip will pretty much smash Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip (something that Android devices use heavily) and that is will have “4x the performance of Tegra 3″. If that does turn out to be the case then we’re going to have some fantastic showdowns in 2012. Oh and no, don’t think that’s the end of the upgrades from the product designed in Cupertino because Apple have completely outdone themselves this year.
The Camera’s have also been upgraded on this model which should make plenty of people happy (since the iPad 2 was less than stellar in all honesty). Dubbed the iSight camera, (the same camera as which is currently in the iPhone 4S) features a 5 megapixel camera (with a backside-illuminated sensor), auto-exposure, auto-focus, as well as the ability to record videos on 1080p! Now that’s an incredibly big jump from the iPad 2’s rather weak camera, but don’t think you can substitute your DSLR for your new iPad no matter how good it is. The bad news here is that other tablet makers are now going to have to work double time in order to make their camera suck a little less, but maybe that’s a good thing at the end of the day.
On top of the camera, the The New iPad will finally work on 4G LTE Networks (which will work on AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Telus, and Bell so we have high hopes that the international version will too) with 4G LTE and 42Mbps HSPA+ mobile networking included in the package (so basically it will be very fast online). High speed data on a high quality screen probably never looked so good. Also, the The New iPad can serve as a hotspot now (but that’s up to your carriers in terms of support). Furthermore, it comes with a new keyboard which let’s you speak instead of type to dictate your searches, emails, iMessages, and so on.
What about Battery Life you ask? Well according to Apple, under normal conditions (which we assume means 3G turned off) battery life is expected to last 10 hours which is the same as the iPad 2 (impressive given the upgrades) and furthermore, with 4G the battery life is expected to be 9 hours which is something which has surprised us considering LTE is considered a battery drainer but we’ll see in Real Life Testing. However there is a downside, as there always is with all upgrades – The iPad 3’s thickness is now been bumped up to 9.4mm (up from 8.8mm on the iPad 2). It’s also heavier with the weight now sitting at 1.4 pounds (up from 1.3 pounds on the iPad 2), but really we’re surprised Apple managed to keep the size and weight increases to that little!
And as for pricing, Apple has given some stellar pricing for their iPad 3. The 16GB Wi-Fi only model will cost the same $499 it always has, and the new 4G 16Gb model will cost you $629. This price goes all the way up to $829 for the 4G 64GB version so Apple have done exceptionally well to keep pricing so low with all the upgrades, though the 32Gb and 64GB versions are a little more expensive than last year’s model. As for Pre-Orders, they start today for those of you in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia (though Apple’s Store is still down as of this article being written) and you’ll be able to get your hands on the iPad 3 by March 16th. The rest of the world can expect to get their iPad 3’s from the 23rd of March onwards.
So how about it folks? Has Apple finally done enough to make you want to upgrade from your iPad 1/2 (or any other tablet for that matter of fact)? Are you excited? We know we are, but do let us know in the comments below, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have as well!
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