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New iPad (iPad 3/iPad HD) Price, Release Date and Specs Announced

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After months of anticipation and speculation, Apple today revealed their 3rd generation iPad, simply called the “new iPad” – previously thought to be called the iPad 3 or iPad HD. We’re not sure if removing the numeric naming convention on the iPad will confuse users who upgrade over time, but it’s not like the iMac or Macbook have numbers on them.

Hot on the heels of a quarter in which the iPad 2 outsold every major PC with 15.4 million units, Apple CEO Tim Cook showed off the new tablet in his first product announcement other than the iPhone 4S since the passing of Steve Jobs.

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While the exterior of the new iPad doesn’t look dramatically different from the iPad 2, it does offer numerous improvements both under the hood and in terms of display capabilities. As expected, the new iPad has a super-sharp Retina Display, with an astounding resolution of 2048×1536, or a total of 3.1 million pixels at a density of 264 pixels per inch.

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Take that, 1080p! This means that you’ll no longer be able to distinguish pixels on screen as you can with the iPad and iPad 2. The display also claims to offer 44% better color saturation than the iPad 2′s already high quality screen.

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Existing applications will automatically be upscaled to take advantage of the higher resolution, and obviously text, video and photos will look way better right away. But I’m really looking forward to games and creative applications which take advantage of the sharper screen details. Just think about the fact that this thing can push more pixels than an Xbox 360 or a PS3!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJxZ0HVQXo8

It’s all powered by a new chip called the A5X, a quad-core CPU/GPU to help push all those pretty pixels to the display. However, the CPU side still runs at 1GHz – only they GPU has seen a speed bump.

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The iPad’s main camera has also gotten a much-needed upgrade, now offering 5 megapixel resolution, backside illumination and a hybrid IR filter, just like the stellar camera in the iPhone 4S. It also supports auto-focus, auto-white-balance and face detection. Video can be shot at up to 1080p resolution, with software based image stabilization. It doesn’t sound like the user-facing camera has changed, though.

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Apple has also added a new feature to the iPad – voice dictation. There’s a handy new button on the bottom of the keyboard which looks like a microphone. Tapping this engages the voice dictation capability (which appears to be a stripped-down Siri), and transcribes text to typing in US English, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese.

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The iPad HD also is the first Apple device to support 4G LTE – which means super-fast network speeds wherever you go (in covered areas, that is.) Top speed of the LTE modem is 73MBps, which is nearly double the absolute top speed of 3G HSPA or EV-DO. Apple showed off the 4G LTE running on both AT&T and Verizon networks, so you have a choice right away, though it will require different versions of the tablet. Internationally, Apple has partnered with Rogers, Bell and Telus as well. One other bonus feature is that the iPad will also support tethering, so it can act as a mobile hot-spot.

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Apple is claiming the same battery life as the iPad 2, with 10 hours for Wi-Fi and 9 hours on 4G LTE. At  9.4mm thick and 1.4 pounds, it does weigh a tiny bit more than the iPad 2, so they must have had to put a bigger battery in there. (UPDATE: The iPad 2 has a 25 watt-hour battery, and the new iPad has a 42.5 watt-hour battery, so it’s much bigger.)

Prices remain unchanged from the iPad 2, with the Wi-Fi version selling for $499, $599 and $699 (USD) for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, respectively, and the 4G LTE models going for $629, $729 and $829 in the same memory configurations.

Pre-orders start later today over at the Apple Store, and the new iPad ships on March 16th to the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and Japan. Much of the rest of Europe, along with New Zealand get the new iPad on March 23rd.

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While the new iPad may be more of an evolutionary step than a revolutionary one, the new iPad still looks mighty impressive. If you don’t own an iPad yet, you’ve got more than enough reasons to buy this one. If you own an iPad or iPad 2, the new display, faster CPU, 4G LTE and improved camera might convince you to upgrade later this month.

Apple also confirmed that they will continue to produce the iPad 2 for at least some period of time, with prices dropping by $100 for each of the older models. You can find more details on the new iPad over at Apple’s website, and you can view the complete announcement here.

[Image Credit: Engadget





Comments (35):

  1. Rick says:

    Where is Flash, 78% of websites use it including banking on line. Apple is still leading by great marketing but fails simply selling a pretty face, you can’t watch YouTube on your HD 60″ Sharp, you can’t load and manage a website from this device it can’t handle it. Try to load a PHP or SQL product and nothing is what you get. Load Adobe anything? 99% of the world uses Adobe products Apple is still showing a childish prejudice. RedSn0w this device? Apple made sure you won’t be directory, file or root use on this. An Acer 10″ with two gigs of RAM out performs this device 58% faster, buy Apple is for novice driven wannabe’s not professional user’s. Sorry this is just another in the line of pretty faces that cost way to much.

  2. Dean says:

    One thing the Ipad’s have over any Laptop is battery life. You can surf for many hours without having to plug it in. On my IPAD 1 I’d charge it up maybe every 4-5 days. No screen to flip open, no hinges to break, and it’s not a laptop. It is a portable internet device for simple uses and not meant to be a replacement for a laptop. I do wish it would support flash but you can’t have everything.

  3. dcal says:

    There are apps that support flash! (PHOTON WEB BROWSER)

  4. Samfisher says:

    I wish the new iPad HD will be able to take 3-D Picture and recorded 3-D

  5. billy_jerry1316 says:

    very very bad!!! i buy already 6month ipad 2 32gb no 3g RM1799,
    now price rm1499, lost rm300!!! stupid apple company!!! i hate apple company!!!
    8-3-2012

  6. hahahahaha says:

    Big fail on anticipations and expectations for past months about how Ipad 3 going to be revolutionary and funny how apple fans always find excuses . like the one in the article finding excuse for not adding HD or 3 to the name. this is another proof that passing of Steve Jobs damaged the company badly.

  7. manar says:

    i am from egypt when it ll be released in egypt i wish no change in price i am talking about new version i pad 3

  8. Loren says:

    Can i use my apple gift card to Pre-order an iPad 3?

  9. M.shahul hameed says:

    i pad3 new modeal price for saudi aribiya

  10. koshal says:

    what is the price of 4GB LTE 64 GB ipad in HK also want to know is it readily available or one has to book and wait.

  11. Ann says:

    Where is the Flash. I have been waiting for apple to come out with flash and I will not upgrade or buy another IPad until they come out with Flash.

    • Rich says:

      Since Adobe announced they will no longer be creating Flash for mobile in November 9th 2011 and the new IPad came out on March 16th 2012 how is it you would like it to be included. Just incase you don’t read or follow Adobe news, they killed Flash for all mobile devices going forward. If your device already has flash you will still get updates and support untill further notice. So Apple was right not to support it.

      • A,onymous coward says:

        Slightly misleading. Flash is being phased out, but will continue to be both supported and significant years to come.

        Not supporting flash is IMO one of the biggest annoyances of the iPad. Besides being overpriced.

  12. margaret johnson RN says:

    i love !!!!! I love my IPAD!!!!! Margaret Johnson RN ST Augustine Florida

    • A,onymous coward says:

      Good for you :-) I love my transformer prime (bigger screen, higher resolution, better rear camera, slimmer, longer battery life – and cheaper), but can’t ignore the iPad for professional reasons.

  13. freeagent says:

    You say so, but Flash is still being marketed on the up and coming class of ASUS, and ACER Tabs in June. Why is that if it is no longer being marketed for new lines??

  14. A,onymous coward says:

    Other than the much higher display resolution, I can’t see any significant improvement. Given the technical f..ck-ups in iOS (developers will know what I mean), I’m curious how it will do on the SW side.

    What’s IMO disappointing is that the camera gets to be updated to something already outdated before being released. And it’s still overpriced.

  15. Daniel Frieson says:

    I have the new iPad and the only complaint I have is that the 4G network gets dropped when you leave a cell area and you have to restart the iPad each time to connect to cellular. Is anyone else experiencing this problem?

  16. Hon Biz says:

    Apple has still more guns to be proud of if you have one. Apps are amazing esperience in Apple. others are just emulating what apple have achieved.

    wait til they release the new iphone and the new ipad mini
    http://www.appstorebargains.com

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