Rumored for the past two years, the new iPad featuring a higher resolution Retina display is finally here, and it’s simply called “iPad “. Announced at Apple’s media event in San Francisco a few minutes ago, the new device features the same design of the iPad 2 (flat aluminum back with tapered edges), and it comes in two colors, black & white. Looking at the initial photos of the new iPad, a less tech-savvy eye wouldn’t notice any difference from the current-gen model. The new iPad, however, is packed with completely new hardware components inside, so let’s take a look.
The biggest new feature of the new iPad is its high-res Retina display. Carrying four times the pixels of the original iPad at 2048 x 1536, the Retina display will allow for incredibly crisp text displayed on screen, vibrant colors in photos and images, and apps sporting detail like never before. With “the most pixels ever seen in a mobile device”, the new iPad was demonstrated on stage showing the increased quality in reading text, browsing webpages, and viewing photos. With 264 pixels per inch, Apple’s Phil Schiller said “that is enough to call it a Retina Display” — that is because, whilst the iPhone is generally held at a distance of 10 inches, iPad is held at 15 inches, making noticing individual pixels almost impossible. The Retina Display will also allow for 44% greater color saturation.
The new iPad carries a quad-core A5X processor. Apple says the previous A5 is twice as fast as a Tegra 3 chip, and the A5X will offer four times the performance.
The new iPad comes with a new 5-megapixel iSight camera with autofocus and white balance, advanced optics with IR filter, face detection, and 1080p video recording. The video recording app, in particular, was shown as having a new UI. 1080p recording will also feature noise reduction and stabilization.
The new iPad will feature voice dictation in 6 languages through the iOS keyboard.
The rumors were true — the new iPad will support LTE, as well as 3G. The new iPad has 21 Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA at 42 Mbps, whilst LTE will top at 73 Mbps. AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Bell, and Telus will be initial LTE partners, and the device can also be turned into an LTE hotspot. The 3G functionality is worldwide, and Apple claimed the new iPad has “the most bands ever” while referring to its connectivity options. The device will feature the same 10 hours of battery life of the iPad 2, and 9 hours while on 4G LTE.
The new iPad will come with the same storage options and price points of the current generation: 16 GB ($499), 32 GB ($599), and 64 GB ($699) for the WiFi version. 4G versions will be $629, $729 and $829.
The new iPad will launch worldwide on March 16th in 10 countries. More will follow on March 23.
March 16th Launch Countries
March 23rd Launch Countries
The iPad 2 will stick around this time, at a lower price of $399 for the 16 GB model. The 3G version will be kept as well, at $529. On stage, Apple’s Schiller mentioned education was a big reason behing the decision to keep the iPad 2 alive this year.