The new iPad is here, and suddenly iPad 2 doen’t seem to look so glossy anymore, does it?
The new iPad as expected has the long awaited retina display, the same as we admired in iPhone 4S. The screen is twice the resolution of the iPad 2, a whopping 2,048×1,536 -pixels, which is more than your HD TV and will make for far sharper images. Its 3.1 million pixels are the most ever seen on a mobile device, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Also according to Tim Cook, the colour saturation is 40 per cent better, and the resolution is so high you can’t distinguish individual pixels. Existing apps will be upscaled to fit the new resolution.
The new iPad has a brand new A5X processor inside, bringing quad-core graphics to the tablet. Cook claims it’s twice as fast as a Tegra 3 processor, and offers four times the performance.
The image skills have also been improved, with a 5-megapixel camera on the back, matching the iPhone 4S. Auto-exposure and auto-focus come as standard. It’ll record in 1080p HD. This topped up with a stabilisation software should help keep the shakes at bay.
Now, voice dictation. It’s not Siri, but hit the microphone button at the bottom of the keyboard and you’ll start the dictation mode. It supports US English, British English, Australian, French, German and Japanese. That’s a multi-lingual device.
The new iPad is LTE-enabled as well, which is more of a surprise than most of the other features. It has 21Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSPA at 42Mbps, with LTE topping out at 73Mbps. The ne iPad will definitely have improved browsing and download speeds.
It can also double as a Wi-FI hotspot, if your network supports the feature.
Battery life doesn’t suffer either — it’s up to nine hours on 4G, which is the same as the iPad 2 on 3G.
Any downsides? It is slightly heavier: 1.4lbs (64g). Considering its predecessor wasn’t exactly feather-light, that could be an issue, but we’ll have to wait for the hands-on to see. It’ll come in black and white, and in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB sizes. Like the new Apple TV, price remains the same as its predecessor.
The new iPad arrives in shops next Friday, 16 March. Press play to take a look at the new iPad in action in CNET UK hands-on video:
Source: CNET UK
In terms of the accessories available for the new iPad, Case-Mate is right up to speed with the line of cases that will be ready for purchase in April.