Apple Unveils the New iPad
Earlier, Apple announced a new tablet that has the same shape and size as the iPad 2, but under the hood, many things have changed. Instead of calling it the iPad 3, the spokesman simply called it the “New iPad”, but nevertheless, it can still be safely considered as the 3rd generation iPad. The new device has nearly identical dimension and design as the iPad 2, though slightly heavier and thicker as it needs a larger battery to run the more powerful hardware. Diagonally, it is still uses a 9.7” tablet, but with 2048×1536 pixels resolution (QXGA). At 264 ppi, it may not be as sharp as the iPhone 4S, but enough to beat other tablet with roughly the same dimension.
Like many high-end tablets, the new iPad will be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core A5X processor, but it has been confirmed that the GPU is a quad-core. Now, it appears that Apple deceptively pushes the device as a quad-core tablet and this could be a marketing attempt to put the tablet on par with real quad-core tablets, primarily those that are powered with Nvidia Tegra3 chipset.
There will be three storage options: 16, 32 and 64GB, but still no microUSB port and microSD slot. The tablet still uses iOS 5.1, but with a number of new enhancements such as iCLoud, iMessage, AirPlay mirroring and Twitter integration. Unfortunately, the tablet doesn’t have Siri although earlier rumors pointed toward the virtual assistant service being released for the next generation iPad. Other important facts you should know are that it supports 4G LTE and it will be similarly priced with iPad 2. As the result, the iPad 2 (3G and Wi-Fi) will be discounted to $400.