Apple Inc today launched a new product under its iPad series, named as iPad 3 however Apple CEO Tim Cook teased the device, which the company calls ‘the new iPad,’ not ‘iPad 3’ at an event in San Francisco on March 7, 2012. The ‘new iPad’ doesn’t come with all features that were being demanded by Apple fans. Nonetheless, it is a great product with a fresh processor, increased screen resolution, new firmware and a set of other advanced features.
Release date and price
Apple Inc also announced that iPad would be available for sale in less than two weeks after the announcement. Customers in the U.S., U.K, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Switzerland etc. will get the new iPad on March 16, 2012.
Like iPad 2, the new iPad also comes in three memory variants – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. It will respectively be priced at $499, $599 and $699 in the U.S. The Wi-Fi+ 4G version is priced at $629, $729 and $829 respectively
Processing and memory
Apple has introduced a new chip called the A5X for the new iPad. The ARM-based chip, as Apple brags, will perform “twice as fast” as NVIDIA’s recent Tegra 3 quad core processor. Apple says the A5X chip eliminates the need for a quad core processor. On the other hand, Tim Cook says the device will sport a NVIDIA chip for graphical performance. It is a bit confusing, indeed; however, we can wait and see what the new iPad will turn out to be.
Coming to the onboard storage, the new iPad just replicates its predecessor. The device is also to get three memory variants; 16, 32 and 64GB. The rumors for a possible 128GB model are without substance.
It is here that Apple has done the real magic with the new iPad. The device will sport a stunning Retina Display like the iPhone 4 and 4S with an amazing resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. It is only 246-ppi in sharpness, however. But it is enough to pack the screen resolution. The screen is the same 9.7-inch panel and Apple has implanted fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on its screen.
Camera and connectivity
The new iPad is to come with a 5-megapixel iSight rear camera. You can capture video at 1080p on the gadget. The camera features a 5-element lens, auto focus lock, image stabilization for video and auto face-detection. Moreover, the tablet touts video geo-tagging and tap-to-focus features for enhanced camera experience.
Apple has applied all essential connectivity features on its new iPad. Basically, the third gen iPad is a 4G LTE product, but it works only in North America, where the 4G LTE has really flourished in recent times. Customers in U.K. and other countries will have to curse their slow networks. In the U.S., the device will have separate models for AT&T and Verizon, Apple’s cellular service partners. Global markets will get both CDMA and GSM variants. The tablet also supports HSPA+ (21Mbps), DC-HSDPA (42Mbps) and LTE (73Mbps). Wi-Fi, Personal Hotspot, Bluetooth and USB are there on the respective models.
Form factor, design and others:
Apple hasn’t brought any notable design changes to the new iPad. It looks exactly same to its predecessor with 9.4mm thickness and 652g weight. The Wi-Fi+4G model weighs 662g. In fact, Apple hasn’t attempted to trim down both the weight and size of the 9.7-inch tablet. Moreover, it features the 30 pin dock connector, which was rumored to be not there. Similarly, there are no microSD slot, Thunderbolt and mini Display Port, which were speculated to appear on the new iPad.
What Apple says?
Apple CEO Tim Cook presented its iPad as “the ultimate poster child of the post-PC world” in the event. “The iPad is about post-portable computing. And it’s outstripping the wildest of predictions. The momentum behind iPad has been incredible and has surprised virtually everyone.”
The 2012 version iPad is finally out. Heaps of rumors over the much-anticipated product are settled down. Features of the new iPad have turned to facts. It will now hit stores shortly to let customers test the product and to cherish their new possession.