The New iPad was out on March 16. Apple sold a record of 3 millon units on that weekend.! But instead of calling it the iPad3. It is now simply named “the New iPad” or “third generation iPad“. The New iPad looks pretty much the same as the iPad2. So what is new?
On the outside, the New iPad is 0.03 inch thicker and 0.11 pounds heavier than iPad2, but the New ipad features an amazing Retina display, a nicer screen, a faster processor, better back camera, 4g networking, and voice dictation.
New iPad Features Vs iPad2
Here is a comprehensive walk through of the new features.
Display – Retina Display offers a resolution of 2048 x 1536 – over 301 million pixels in total. This is 44 percent better color saturation than the screen of the iPad2. Retina display will make everything “pop”, is something you have to see to appreciate.
Camera – The New iPad offers a much better camera than the one on the iPad2. It received a significant upgrade with features that is similar to the camera on the iPhone4.
The quality of the front camera – the one facing you as you use the tablet is the same 720p VGA resolution as iPad2. So Facetime will be about the same unless both conversation parties are using the New iPad, iPhone4s, or HD camera to really take advantages of the Retina display.
The New iPad back camera now offers quite an improvement over the one on the iPad 2, it features a 5-megapixel iSight camera which captures of recording full 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second. This new camera offers improved sharpness, with auto-exposure, auto-focus, auto-face-detection, auto-exposure lock, auto-focus luck, noise reduction and image stabilization.
Apps – All iPad and iPad2 apps will work with the new iPad, and it will look much better on the retina display. All iPad native applications: iWOrk suite, GarageBand, iMovie and etc, all has been upgraded and updated for the newer finer retina display.
Apps designed for iPad and iPad2 will look noticeably pixelated through the New iPad’s Retina Display. The iPhone4s apps will look just as good on the iPhone4s as it does on the new iPad. Photographs, videos or text will benefit the most improvement through this retina display upgrade.
Processor – the New iPad gets a dual-core A5x processor with 1GB of Ram. Apple claim this combination offers processing speed to be four times faster than most competing tablets. Graphic are rendered much faster, shaper and crisper with the combination of the new Retina display.
4G – the New iPad offers both 3G and 4G Wireless. It is said to offer maximum download speed of 21 Mbps compared to the 7.2 Mbps on the iPad2. That is almost 3x faster.
Battery – the New iPad claimed 10 hours of battery life for WI-FI surfing, moving watching, and music listening which is the same as the iPad2.
Speaker – unfortunately the speaker remained to be the same as the one found on the iPad2.
Dictation – there is no Siri, but dictation is able to translate spoken words to written text. The dictation supports U.S. British, and Aussie English, as well as French, German, and Japanese.
Smart Cover – the smart cover will work on the New iPad as it does on the iPad2.
Protective Case – Since the New iPad and iPad2 are similar in size, most protective case will work on both with exception of precision fit cases.
WI-FI only 16GB – $499, 32GB – $599 and 64GB – $699
WI-FI + 4G 16GB – $629, 32GB – $729 and 64GB – $829
The New iPad is Evolutionary Not Revolutionary
The consensus is that the Retina display is vastly better, and the ultra-fast internet connection will blow you away, and the price has remained to be the same, but it should not be call the iPad3, and it isn’t. It’s simply named the iPad. It seem more appropriately name as iPad2s. Below are what other are saying about the new iPad.
What other are saying about the New iPad
Macworld‘s Jason Snell thinks that iPad 2 users shouldn’t look at the new iPad, because it will be hard to go back.
The New York Time‘s David Pogue thinks the new iPad is less an iPad 3 and more an iPad 2S.
TechCrunch‘s Mg Siegler says looking at the new iPad is like putting on your glasses and seeing the world clearly again.
The Telegraph‘s Shane Richmond says the differences between the new iPad and the old iPad 2 are amazing, and also uses the glasses-on/glasses off analogy.