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March 8, 2012

iPad 3 launched, specs as expected

Apple has just announced the launch of iPad 3. Most the features were as speculated. Following are the key features highlighted by Apple.

The new IPA will have a resolution of 2048*1536 or 3.1mm pixels. This indicates a 264pixels per inch (poi), short of the 300 ppi Apple claimed for retina display, still a major improvement.

Many apps will need to be modified to take advantage of the new resolution. Apple indicated that apps like Safari have already been optimised. Expect other app developers to follow soon.

Improvement  after moving to quad core graphics processor, though the main processor is a dual core SoC.
Apple has also claimed that the new A5X processor is four times as fast as the Tegra 3 from nVidia, which, sounds unbelievable. Expect new tablets specs to radically change after this.

A much improved 5MP camera has been included with iPad 3 with auto exposure, auto-focus, auto face detection, auto exposure lock and autofocus lock features.

iPad 3 can also record videos at 1080p resolution.

Network support
The new iPad 3 will support LTE and there will be two versions, one for AT&T and the other for Verizon. LTE will allow theoretical speeds of up to 73Mbps.

HSPA+ (21 Mbps) and DC-HSDPA (42Mbps) are also supported.

  • Wifi models- 16GB: $499, 32GB: $599, 64GB: $699
  • 4G models- 16GB: $629, 32GB: $729, 64GB: $829

Available for pre-ordering from today. Will hit retail stores on March 16.

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