Apple's New 4G-Powered iPad Hits the Stage in San Francisco

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-03-07
 
 
 

Voila!

Casually dressed Apple CEO Tim Cook shows the first photos of the iPad 3, which comes in either black or white. No silver, at least at this time.

Voila!

Handles Well

The new iPad weighs a bit more and is not quite as thin as both previous versions, but it has much more functionality.

Handles Well

Can Just About Do It All

Cook told the audience that according to studies he's seen, a majority of iPad users prefer to use their tablets for many duties that were previously relegated only to laptops or notebooks: email, document creation, texting and others.

Can Just About Do It All

Key Display Features

The 5-megapixel camera is only one of the key new features in the iPad 3 display arsenal. It also features a new A5X processor with quad-core graphics.

Key Display Features

Photo Quality: A+

Schiller demonstrated the performance of the 5-megapixel camera by blowing up a photo, which remained extremely sharp throughout.

Photo Quality: A+

iPhoto Controls

An updated version of iPhoto enables users—using gestures and fingers—to do even more to photos then they could previously, including a series of new brushes for photo finishing.

iPhoto Controls

High-Definition Retina Display Screen

The new, higher-definition display (which Apple calls "Retina Display") also greatly improves book and document reading. It also features 1080p HD video.

High-Definition Retina Display Screen

Bands and Bandwidth

The new iPad 3 will be able to hook up with more types of networks than any previous tablet, of any kind—including the upcoming 4G LTE networks.

Bands and Bandwidth

A Bit Heavier But Still Lightweight

The new iPad is a tad thicker and heavier than the iPad 2. The new version is 9.4 millimeters thick, or 0.37 inches. That compares with 8.8 millimeters, or 0.34 inches, for the iPad 2. The weight is going up from 1.33 pounds (600 grams) to 1.4 pounds (640 grams).

A Bit Heavier But Still Lightweight

50 Million iPads

In less than two years, Apple's iPad franchise has marketed and sold nearly 50 million units worldwide, and the company sees no ceiling in sight.

50 Million iPads

New and Improved Apps

Autodesk and a pair of video gaming companies demonstrated their applications at the launch event, and the demos were indeed impressive—both visually and soundwise. Apple also launched new versions of GarageBand, iPhoto and others. Battery life has been improved to 10 hours of 3G use and 9 hours of 4G use.

New and Improved Apps

Availability: March 16

These 10 countries will get the first iPad 3s on March 16. Twenty-three other countries will get them a week later.

Availability: March 16

Pricing News

The new iPad 3 ranges from $499 for a basic 16GB model with WiFi only, to $829 for 64GB of storage and 4G capabilities. All the iPad 2s will drop in price by $100 from now on.

Pricing News

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