On Wednesday, Apple introduced “The new iPad” (third generation tablet) with a Retina Display coming in at 2048 x 1536 pixels. With iPad 3 Apple aims to redefine the category it created with the original iPad.
The new display on “the new iPad” is retina quality, with indistinguishable pixels when held at the proper 15” viewing angle. The new iPad is powered by the new A5X system-on-chip with quad-core graphics and this display now shows 44% more color saturation than the second gen model.
All of Apple’s stock apps available on the iPad have been updated to work with the Retina Display. As for cameras, the new iPad 3 now be sports 5-megapixel rear camera with advanced optics very similar to the 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 4S.
HD Video recording up to 1080P is now standard and Apple has also brought over Voice Dictation into the keyboard from the iPhone 4S. Cellular models of the iPad now not only support 3G networks from carriers but now have 4G LTE capabilities. Rumors of 4G LTE enabled iPads were floating around for quite some time prior to the event. The iPad now supports data speeds of up to 21 Mbps on HSPA+, 42 Mbps on dual-carrier HSPA+, and 73 Mbps on LTE.
4G connectivity allows iPad users to browse significantly faster than they have in the past. LTE partners include AT&T and Verizon in the United States and Rogers, Telus, and Bell in Canada, however, due to separate network offerings, AT&T and Verizon will require two different models to operate.
The new iPad, with its higher resolution screen, faster processor and better cameras has still retained the same 10 hour battery life on Wi-Fi and 9 hours on 4G LTE. The new iPad is now slightly thicker than the iPad 2 and slightly heavier but offers many more features coming in at 0.6 mm thicker than the iPad 2 at 9.4 mm thick, and weighs 1.4 pounds versus the 1.33 pound iPad 2.
All other aspects of the iPad remain the same including pricing, coming in at $499/$599/$699 for Wi-Fi models and $629/$729/$829 for 4G LTE models, with capacities coming in at 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB. As rumored, the new iPad will be available on March 16th in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia.