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Apple on Wednesday introduced its third-generation iPad media tablet that boasts with new display, new system-on-chip, new camera as well as 4G/LTE modem on select models in select countries. The new device will massively improve the already most popular tablet in the best possible way: by a new high-resolution screen.

“The new iPad redefines the category Apple created less than two years ago, delivering the most amazing experience people have ever had with technology. The new iPad now has the highest resolution display ever seen on a mobile device with 3.1 million pixels, delivering razor sharp text and unbelievable detail in photos and videos,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

As expected, the new iPad features 9.7” screen with 2048*1536 resolution, Apple A5X system-on-chip (presumably with two ARM Cortex-A9 cores as well as PowerVR SGX543MP4 graphics engine with four compute clusters), 1GB or more RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB NAND flash storage, 5MP rear camera with backside illumination, 640*480 front camera, 802a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, gyroscope, “world-ready” 3G, HSPA+ (21Mb/s), DC-HSPA (42Mb/s) and 4G/LTE (73Mb/s). The new iPad became a tad thicker (by 0.6mm or by 0.03”) and a little heavier (by about 50 grams). The device sports 42.5wHr battery and is supposed to operate for up to 10 hours.

The new iPad’s screen has pixel density of 264 pixels per inch, which means that it provides picture quality like the iPhone 4/4S. The 2048*1536 resolution is considerably higher than what is called full-HD (1920*1080), hence, Apple will finally be able to enable high-definition video playback on the iPad.

The new iPad also supports dictation: instead of typing, one can tap the microphone icon on the keyboard, then say and iPad will convert words into text. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so one can update Facebook status, tweet, or write Instagram captions.

It is interesting to note that Apple decided not to call the new iPad as iPad 3 or iPad HD, which may indicate that not all models will be available in all countries. Moreover, despite of improved screen, which requires more storage to keep HD videos and high resolution graphics for games, the company retained 16GB models.

The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white on Friday, March 16 for a suggested retail price of $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. The new iPad will also be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16. The new iPad will also be available in additional countries starting from March 23, 2011.

Apple iPad 2 is now offered at a more affordable price of $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

Tags: Apple, iPad, ARM, Cortex, PowerVR

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So basicly it's an iPad 2SE
0 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 03/07/12 06:20:22 PM]
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The improvement is much bigger than going from iPad 1 to iPad 2.

- You get LTE option if you use data
- 4x the pixel resolution (this alone is worth the upgrade because it means you can easily keep it for 3-4 years!)
- MUCH better camera
- 1080P video recording @ 30 fps
- 2x the graphics performance over iPad 2 and 4x over the next closest competitor (Asus Transformer with Tegra 3). And that tablet is $600 and hasn't even shipped.
http://gizmodo.com/589120...-vs-other-leading-tablets

And $499<-- same price as original and iPad 2. What's not to like? If you have no use for a tablet, it'd be just as useless to you for $300 or even $200. If you need a tablet, there isn't a single one better at any price.

.....if the New iPad was a GPU today, it'd be $749. Just ask AMD and their HD7970 series. 40% more performance for almost $200 more! Pffff. People can hate Apple all they want, but it delivers more performance at the same price, year after year. And their products also hold their value extremely well. You know how much an HD7970 is going to be worth in 2 years? Gamers would be lucky to sell it for $200. New iPad will still be usable for 3-5 years. A $600 graphics card in 5 years will be slower than an APU.

Look at HD7870. 10% faster than HD6970 15 months later. If Apple did something stupid like that, the amount of ridicule online and by analysts would be through the roof. Things are going to be really "awesome" in the GPU space next week when NV starts selling mid-range GK104 @ $500 because AMD blew it so hard that all NV needed was to take a GTX670 with 256-bit and re-badge it into a GTX680 to compete. Brilliant.

With the new iPad, Apple is giving consumers a lot MORE for the same price. And if you actually have a use for a tablet, you can rest assured it will service those needs for many years to come.
1 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 03/07/12 07:17:33 PM]
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oh lawd the Apple believers comment
2 2 [Posted by: soryuuha  | Date: 03/07/12 10:52:55 PM]
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It's not Apple believer's comment. If you don't care for a tablet, then even if it cost $200 you probably wouldn't buy one. But if you wanted one because you had use for it, which one would you buy?

http://gizmodo.com/589120...-vs-other-leading-tablets

The new iPad is the best in its category, unless you feel like waiting months and paying $100 more for the Transformer Infinity with a worse GPU, worse screen just to have more space, slightly thinner/lighter. But then you get stuck with shoddy Android OS upgrades.
1 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 03/08/12 07:25:13 AM]
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So, you're saying the iPad is better than a graphic card?
4 0 [Posted by: bambam  | Date: 03/08/12 01:42:23 AM]
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For me an iPad is NOT better than a graphics card because I am a PC gamer. But if you take an objective point of view about actually using a tablet in your every day life, then for sure it's a far better device than a videocard. Just because I am a desktop PC enthusiast doesn't mean I am close minded to other devices and the idea that well perhaps they might be useful to other consumers:

http://www.cbsnews.com/vi...g=contentMain;contentBody

A videocard has a very specialized, limited purpose. An iPad can be used by anyone from a child to an elderly person. At least in the case of an iPad, it's a far better "investment" if you actually would benefit from a tablet.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 03/08/12 07:12:42 AM]
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0 3 [Posted by: adiomari  | Date: 03/08/12 01:46:20 AM]
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I am sorry but I have to disagree with you. Unless you pick out specific games that are burdened by heavy Tessellation such as Crysis 2, then on average it's only about 10% faster.

1) Techspot: "Gaming on the Radeon HD 7870 at 2560x1600, it was on average just 7% quicker than the Radeon HD 6970. These figures improve when gaming at 1920x1200. When compared to the GeForce HD6970 it was now 11% faster."
http://www.techspot.com/r...eon-7870-7850/page13.html

2) Hardware Canucks
Average improvement = 7%
1920x1080 4AA = 6%
2560x1600 4AA = 10%
http://www.hardwarecanuck...70-hd-7850-review-18.html

3) TechPowerUp!
1920x1200 = 11%
2560x1600 = 11%
http://www.techpowerup.co...D/HD_7850_HD_7870/26.html

4) Anandtech
Starting with the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition, AMD is effectively in the clear for the time being. At roughly 9% faster than the GTX 570.
(GTX570 ~ HD6970 in performance)
http://www.anandtech.com/...g-out-southern-islands/20

HD7950 is about 20-25% faster than HD6970.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 03/08/12 07:19:07 AM]
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$399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

+$130 extra for 3G.
Does that mean they give you an iPhone with the pad?
1 0 [Posted by: Auld Yin  | Date: 03/08/12 06:00:28 AM]
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It's actually $499 for the New IPad. $399 is for iPad 2. The price increase for 4G is excessive, agreed.
1 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 03/08/12 07:21:14 AM]
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Like Nv they didn't done anything to improve cpu architecture bat there is a new gpu.
I think that Quadcom and Texas instruments will rock at the end of the year!

PS: unconventional screen resolution is stupid!
0 0 [Posted by: Zola  | Date: 03/08/12 10:32:41 AM]
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