Meet “The New iPAD” : Retina Display, A5X CPU, iSight Camera

4/13/2012 1:49:37 PM

Apple’s annual Spring event kicked off on Wednesday morning in downtown San Francisco and alongside the announcement of a brand new Apple TV and lots of great software, featured the unveiling of the latest iteration of the world’s most popular tablet. Taking to the stage following some warm up music, current Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at length about the iPad, relating how the tablet and its sister iOS devices had helped move millions of users into a bold new era of ‘Post-PC’ computing.

Cook then further revealed that Apple sold an amazing 172 million ‘Post-PC’ (or lOS) devices last year, which amounts to 76% of Apple’s revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011. Clearly, the iPad and OS makes up a large part of Apple’s future plans. And so, without further ado, let’s take a look at Apple’s new device.

Referred to by Apple simply as ‘The New ipad’, or ‘Third Generation iPad’, Apple’s latest device comes with an amazingly high definition screen as has been widely speculated. However, besides the Retina Display, Apple also had a few unexpected surprises too:

Retina Display

Description: “The New iPAD”

The new iPad comes sporting a gorgeous Retina Display which has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 264 dpi - that’s an incredible 3.1 million pixels and thus gives the new iPad the most stunning display yet seen on any mobile device to date, far eclipsing any current rival.


Description: A5X CPU

The iPad’s internals have also been significantly overhauled, with a dualcore Apple A5X CPU which comes with an incredibly powerful integrated quad-core graphics chip too, no doubt necessary to help push those three million pixels. The RAM amount is yet to be officially announced but is speculated at being  1GB.

Description: The New iPad

iSight Camera

Description: iSight Camera

The iPad’s rear camera has been upgraded to a 5MP ‘iSight’ camera, capable of 1080p video recording and photos which look very impressive. Indeed, the iPad’s iSight camera is reportedly comparable with the iPhone 4S camera and should be more than capable of producing excellent images.


The new iPad will be available with 4G LTE wireless capability (while retaining 3G connectivity), offering a potential download speed of 73Mbps on networks which support the new technology. Verizon, Rogers, Bell, Telus and AT&T have been named as the LTE carriers which Apple are working with in the US, while other worldwide partners shall also be named in due course.


The new iPad stops short of full Sin capability presumably because of Sin’s reliance on a constant data connection, making it impractical for use on WiFi-only iPad models. However, the new iPad does come with Dictation, accessible via a small microphone icon placed within the touch screen keyboard for easy access.


Though there were rumours of an impending design overhaul, the overall form of the new iPad remains largely unchanged from its predecessor, with the exception of an increased rear camera size (now branded iSight) and a minor overall increase in size and weight, owing to the larger battery which has been squeezed into the iPad’s casing. Compared with the iPad 2, the new iPad gains weight from 1.33 pounds to 1.4 pounds (WiFi model) and increases in thickness by just 0.03 of an inch.

Despite the vastly increased processing and graphics power needed to make use of a Retina Display, the latest iPad manages to stay at the much lauded 10 hour battery life mark (one hour less for LTE equipped devices), just like its predecessors. The new iPad is available in black or white, with unchanged storage options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.


The new ipad will be available at the same price as the iPad 2 was originally sold for in the US - $499 for the baseline WiFi-only 16GB model, with the iPad 2 continuing to be sold at a reduced price of $399.

Full US pricing is as follows:



Wi-Fi +4G











Pre-orders are now available for release on March 16th in selected countries, with the new iPad also being rolled out to other countries on 23rd March. Those countries in full are:


Announced alongside the new iPad, there have been updates to each iWork application in order to make full use of the new screen capabilities, in addition to significant updates to iMovie and GarageBand, with the latter gaining a note editor, which will increase the apps usefulness markedly.

It was the final piece of the iLife puzzle which garnered the most attention however, as a an all new iPhoto comes redesigned for the iPad and packed with all new gestures, new effects and multi-touch editing, in addition to the ability to beam photos directly between compatible devices.

Final Thoughts

Though we have only recently moved into the third month of 2012, the year has already brought big surprises related to Apple, with upcoming versions of both the ipad and Mac OS X unveiled. While Apple is currently at the top of their game, the new iPad clearly shows the company are taking their competition from Android based devices seriously and have thus brought out one of their strongest upgrades to date.

Apple’s latest tablet looks set to eclipse its predecessors and all the competition completely, with the killer feature of that unsurpassed screen resolution no doubt proving too enticing for many would-be owners to resist. Rest assured that all further iPad news will be covered in full in Apple Magazine.

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