Apple just released their latest and greatest version of the iPad at their March 7 event. Called the “new iPad” (not the “iPad 3″ as previously thought), it bumps up the display resolution to an astonishing 2048×1536 retina display (264ppi) in addition to improved color saturation. To put things in perspective, that’s more pixels than three 720p screens stacked together! Driving it all is a new dual-core A5X chip and quad-core graphics that, according to Apple, gives “4x the performance of Tegra 3″ (although Nvidia is challenging that claim). Gracing the tablet is a new 5MP autofocus, backside-illuminated sensor camera with 5-element lens, similar in technology to the iPhone 4s. Unfortunately, still no Siri. Apple has also added 4G LTE connectivity. All of the price points stay the same as before, while the iPad 2 gets a price drop to $399 / $529 for WiFi / 3G versions, respectively.
In addition to the new iPad, Apple has released a new version of their Apple TV for $99, that adds 1080p capability and iCloud integration for photos and iTunes playlists.
The specs are quite impressive, but should you buy it, or go for the now-discounted iPad 2? How does Cupertino’s latest compare with the previous models? See below for the comparison.
|iPad 1||iPad 2||New iPad (iPad 3)
|Release Date||April 3, 2010||March 11, 2011||March 16, 2012|
|Display||9.7 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD||9.7 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD||9.7 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD|
|Resolution||1024 x 768||1024 x 768||2048 x 1536|
|Internal Storage||16GB / 32GB / 64GB||16GB / 32GB / 64GB||16GB / 32GB / 64GB|
|Processor||1GHz Apple A4||1GHz dual-core Apple A5||1GHz dual-core Apple A5X|
|Graphics||PowerVR SGX535||PowerVR SGX543MP2||PowerVR SGX543MP4|
|Cameras||None||Front: VGA / Rear: 0.7MP, fixed focus, 720p video||Front: VGA / Rear: 5MP, autofocus, 1080p video|
|Cellular||EDGE + Triband HSPA||Edge + Quadband HSPA / CDMA + EV-DO Rev A||World Ready 3G, HSPA+, 4G LTE (AT&T, Verizon)|
|WiFi||802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||2.1+ EDR||2.1+ EDR||Bluetooth 4.0|
|Ports||30-pin dock, 3.5mm headphone||30-pin dock, 3.5mm headphone||30-pin dock, 3.5mm headphone|
|Battery||25-watt-hour lithium polymer||25-watt-hour lithium polymer||42.5-watt-hour lithium polymer|
|Battery Life||10 hours||10 hours||10 hours (9 hours on 4G)|
|Size H x W X D||9.56″ × 7.47″ × 0.5″||9.5″ x 7.31″ x .34″||9.5″ x 7.31″ x .37″|
|Weight||1.50 pounds||1.33 pounds||1.44 pounds|
SmartKetai also compares the new iPad with upcoming Android tablets including the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
Will you be picking up a new iPad? If so, what kind of apps are you looking forward to using on the new Retina screen?