Meet the new iPad that Apple call ‘amazing’ although the previous versions certainly lived up to that title by changing computing, as we know it forever. Apple also pointed out during today’s keynote that they ‘redefined the tablet category’, which was created by them with the first iPad. In this article we’ll run through a few of the main features in the new iPad, although remember this news is developing and there will be a hands-on review to come.
Just as expected the new iPad has a Retina display with 3.1 million pixels and 2048×1536, which is said to be the “most ever in a mobile device“. You wont be able to appreciate the new iPad’s Retina display until you’ve got one in front of you, which we look forward to doing just that in the coming days. During the keynote they zoomed into images and they looked pretty amazing. Apple’s CEO reminded everyone that a HDTV has 1920×1080, while their Retina display has 2048×1536 on a much smaller screen.
The color saturation is improved by 40 percent and we can confirm the physical home button is still there, but the insides are something completely different. You’ll find quad-core graphics and an A5X processor that is said to be “four times as fast as the Tegra 3“, although we look forward to seeing the benchmarks.
Other improvements include an iSight camera with a 5-megapixel backside illuminated sensor, IR filter, 5-element lens, and you’ll find ISP built into the new iPad’s A5X chip. Other camera improvements include auto-focus and auto-exposure, and as expected you’ll get 1080p video recording with clear improvement seen when software stabilization was enabled.
They also demoed voice dictation that gives a taste of Siri, but we didn’t see full-capabilities. The big change came with 4G LTE that gives up to 73Mbps, and we saw the speed demoed with Verizon and AT&T, although we can confirm Telus, Bell, and Rogers will also be LTE partners with many other networks around the world for 3G etc.
You’ll also get 9 hours battery life on 4G with the new iPad and 10 hours of battery life normally, which is just the same and impressed us. The 3rd generation iPad weighs in at 1.4lbs and a little thicker at 9.4mm. We can confirm the WiFI model pricing at 64GB for $699, 32GB is $599, and $499 for 16GB. Although the prices jump up when you want 4G models, which then hit $829, $729, and $629.
The new Apple iPad has a release date of March 16, 2012 for some countries. In fact these include Japan, Switzerland, Germany, France, UK, Canada, and the United States. The good news is you can pre-order today as soon as the Apple Store is backup, which at the time of writing it is currently down.
Update: Some people asked us if there would be a new dock connector, which we can confirm is not going to happen, so no change there. If you want to give the iPad 3G a miss then you can still pick up an iPad 2 for $100 less. There is also a new iPad commercial going live today.
Update 2: The Apple Store has just returned and we’re placing an order along with thousands of others if the slow website is anything to go by. Some errors already include “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable” on Apple’s online store.