March 8, 2012 | Andy Boxall
As expected, Apple has revealed a new iPad model, and it’s even more impressive than the two which preceded it. However, proving once again that Apple rumors aren’t always correct, instead of calling it the iPad 3 or iPad HD, it’s simply known as the “new iPad.”
Here are the main, updated features of the new iPad:
- Retina Display.
This has been rumored to appear ever since the iPhone 4 made its debut, but it has been worth the wait. With an incredible 2048 x 1536 resolution, a 246ppi density and 44% greater color saturation than the previous model, it’s sure to look absolutely stunning.
- A5X Processor.
It may not be a quad-core processor, and is actually the same dual-core A5 found int the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, but it does have a quad-core GPU to help cope with the new Retina Display. 1GB of RAM has also been added to the spec.
- 5-megapixel Camera.
Now going by the name of iSight, the new iPad’s rear camera uses the same 5-element lens found on the iPhone 4S, but with a reduced 5-megapixel count. Additionally, it has autofocus, image stabilization and face detection, plus the ability to record 1080p video.
- 4G Connectivity.
Boasting the “most wireless network frequencies” of any mobile device, the new iPad will support AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Telus and Bell’s 4G LTE networks, while offering fast 3G and HSPA+ around the world. Each 4G iPad will allow 3G roaming too.
- Battery Life.
The iPad has increased slightly in thickness and weight, now measuring 9.4mm thick and tipping the scales at 635 grams, which has allowed a larger battery to ensure the same 10 hours Wi-Fi and 9 hour 3G usage time remains the same.
- Voice Dictation.
It’s not quite Siri, but a new button on the iPad’s keyboard will allow you to dictate what you want to type.
Despite all the new features, the new iPad has the same pricing structure of the old model, so $499 will bag your a 16GB Wi-Fi, $599 a 32GB and $699 a 64GB tablet. If you want 4G connectivity, you’ll need to pay $629, $729 and $829 respectively.
The new iPad can be pre-ordered today in the following countries, ready for release on the 16th March:
USA, Canada, UK, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Germany and Switzerland.
On the 23rd March, the following countries will also see the new iPad go on sale:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.