New iPad is “Resolutionary” – specs and comparison

New iPad 3 Resolutionary

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
RAM 256MB 512MB 1GB
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
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis 3-axis
Gyroscope None 3-axis 3-axis
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?

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  • http://www.gadgetsboy.co.uk/ GadgetsBoy

    GTA V would look great on it