by Anton Shilov
03/07/2012 | 01:23 PM
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.