The New iPad 3 HD: Graphics, Graphics, Graphics
Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the latest generation of iPad earlier today, and people generally seem pretty excited. While the device may not have undergone any major structural changes, it’s display and gaming abilities have been superchaged, making any user happy.
The new iPad 3 features a 2048 x 1536 pixel Retina display, with 264 pixels per inch, or twice that of an iPad 2 and 1,000,000 more pixels than an HDTV. All that is a fancy way of saying the iPad display will now have eye-popping definition that will stay sharp no matter how much you zoom in on text or an image.
In addition, that display can be put to good use with the Apple A5X chipset, offering a dual core CPU and quad core graphics. Also, a new backlight camera will take 5 megapixel photos and 1080p video.
Aside from all this graphics goodness, the tablet also boasts a “new microphone button,” presumably for dictation, though compatibility with the Siri personal assistant program was not mentioned. And many are excited about the announced 4G LTE compatibility on both AT&T and Verizon.
Two rumors that went nowhere: the home button still exists, and the devices will cost exactly as much as previous iPads, starting at $499 for 16GB; unless you want 4G, in which case you will be shelling out quite a bit more.
In fact, the biggest controversy at this point seems to be over what to call this new device: the iPad 3 or the iPad HD?
The new iPad will reportedly be available on March 16, though it is available for preorder now. What do you think of the latest Apple tablet?