Apple Announces Third Generation iPad

By Michael Acampora on 7 March 2012
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A comprehensive review of the new iPad may be found online here.

Apple unveiled a new iPad tablet with a sharper display and support for 4G mobile data networks.  Prices start at $499 and the new tablet will be available to buyers starting on March 16.

Unlike the iPad 2, which gained the “2” to distinguish it from its predecessor, the new iPad is not the iPad 3.

The new third-generation iPad has a high resolution Retina display with four times the number of pixels found in the iPad 2.  According to Apple, it’s the highest resolution display ever available in a mobile device, and the resolution is higher than most HD televisions.

Also aboard the new iPad is a five-megapixel rear camera that is capable of 1080p video recording, and includes built-in video stabilization. The iPad is powered by an A5X processor with quad-core graphics that is designed to support the Retina display and also be power efficient.

Wi-Fi is standard on the new iPad.  The iPad Wi-Fi + 4G model comes equipped with 4G connectivity and is able to utilize the 4G LTE networks from AT&T and Verizon Wireless, supporting both HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA.  Both CDMA and GSM iPad users can roam internationally.  The 4G iPad can also be used as a personal hotspot.

The iPad features a new voice diction program, though it does not offer the iPhone 4S’s Siri software

Battery life averages 10 hours (9 hours using 4G). The tablet is 9.4 mm thin, and weighs 653 g; the iPad 2, in contrast, was 8.8 mm thick and weighed 600 g.

Apple is accepting preorders for the new iPad starting today.  The new iPads will be shipped and available in stores March 16. Pricing starts at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model, and ranges up to $899 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G model.

The 16GB iPad 2 will remain on sale, with $100 price reductions for both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models.

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