Apple officially announced the new iPad today in San Francisco, CA. The new iPad 3 is a big step up from the iPad 2 in many ways.
Follow the updates below as they come in to us:
– Retina Display, 2048 by 1536 pixels
– A5X quad-core graphics
– iSight camera, auto exposure, auto focus, HD video recording in 1080p, auto face detection, image stabilization, 5 megapixel camera on back
– Voice dictation, microphone key on bottom like iPhone 4S, tap to speak
– 4G LTE, new wireless technology
– Fast 3G HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA networking
– Still 10 hours of battery life, 9 hours on 4G
– Pre-orders start today, on sale March 16
– WiFi + 4G: 16GB, $629 | 32GB, $729 | 64GB, $829
– WiFi Only: 16GB, $499 | 32GB, $599 | 64GB, $699 – same as previous iPads
– Apple iOS apps like iWork, Garage Band, iPhoto and iMovie have been updated with new features
– Lots of new effects, options and manipulation possibilities with iPhoto and iMovie
– iPad 2 not being phased out, starting now at $399
The Apple website has been updated to include “the new iPad“, not referred to as iPad 3 or iPad HD.
Reports from CNet, VentureBeat and other sources tell us Apple’s third generation tablet will not be called iPad 3, but will instead be named iPad HD.
Apple is expected to step up the new iPad’s screen resolution to 2,048 by 1,536 pixels. The Retina display, seen in the latest iPhone models, will be sure to please one and all. iPad HD will support 1080p high-definition, the only tablet on the market to do so.
MIC Gadget put together a video using iPad 3 parts to show us what we might get very soon. It looks like your magnetic Smart Cover for the iPad 2 will work with iPad 3 as well.
Rumors of a smaller iPad, with a 7.85 inch screen, are still being heard. Digitimes has some more information, including new manufacturers possibly being used. The Wall Street Journal also chimed in with mention of a smaller iPad that may be released before the holiday season later in 2012 but also warned that Apple may never even release it at all.
9to5mac.com reported Apple will be keeping the same storage capacity and prices for iPad 3 as we have seen with previous iPads.
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An article posted at The Loop indicates invitations have been sent out by Apple for an iPad 3 media event to be held on March 7. Like previous Apple media events, this one will also take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 1:00 PM Eastern time.
In related news, apple.pro has done some detective work comparing the new iPad 3 with iPad 2. It looks like the new iPad will be approximately 0.81 mm thicker than its predecessor.
As we reported previously, the Apple iPad 3 will most likely come with a quad-core processor, the A5X, a slightly larger camera(up to 8MP?), Retina display, and 4G LTE capabilities.
These past few weeks have seen some iPad 3 rumors come together from various sources and we now have a better eye on what could be coming up in the next Apple iPad.
Apple is set to officially announce iPad 3 on March 7. When asked about the announcement, Jim Dalrymple of LoopInsight confirmed the inquiry with a simple yet definitive, “Yep.” Considering last year’s iPad 2 launch shortly after the official announcement, iPad 3 is likely to go on sale sometime in the middle of March.
Frequent and consistent rumors about upgraded hardware and functionality in the new iPad 3 have been flying around the blogosphere for months now. We now know some of the bigger rumors are starting to stick.
NextMedia.com was reporting on a supposed image of the new iPad 3 with a more gradual tapered edge(above) than the iPad 2, as well as a bigger camera lens. The quality of the new rear-facing camera could be as much as 8 megapixels.
MacRumors.com has done a fine job of figuring out the new Retina display details. iPad 3’s resolution display will be 2048×1536, a big leap up in pixel density compared with the resolution of the first two iPads at 1024×768.
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