Every time Apple hosts a press conference, the eyes of the media are on them. Last year, we were expecting to see a new iPhone. What we got was an upgrade. This year we expected a new iPad, but in the end the upgrade is what we got.
Releasing March 16 the 3rd generation iPad will feature a 2048 x 1536 Retina display, a quad core A5X processor and according to Apple have “1 million pixels more than an HDTV.”
The camera has seen a new update as well with a 5 megapixel iSight camera similar to that on the iPhone 4S. It will have autofocus and white balance as well as 1080p video recording.
Apple’s personal waitress, Siri, also comes included in the package as well as a voice dictation feature.
The new graphics processor and increased resolution makes for some amazing gaming, something that was heavily showcased at the conference.
A new app, iPhoto, will not let you edit your pictures right on the iPad and provide a more intuitive way to look at pictures.
The biggest feature by far is the inclusion of 4G LTE support with Verizon and AT&T carriers. Download speeds have been increased now, boasting a 21 Mbps HSPA+.72 Mbps LTE. Despite this, battery life will remain the same at 10 hours, 9 on 4G.
It will weigh 1.4 pounds and be 9.4mm thin.
Finally, it will retail for $499 for the 16GB wi-fi version, $599 for the 32GB, and $699 for the 64GB ($629, $729 and $829 for the 4G versions respectively).
To summarize, the New iPad features:
- 4G LTE with AT&T and Verizon
- March 16th release date.
- Siri included
- 2048 x 1536 Retina display
- New camera with 1080p recording
- $499 for the 16GB wi-fi version, $599 for the 32GB, and $699 for the 64GB ($629, $729 and $829 for the 4G versions respectively).