Apple launched its latest version of the iPad on Wednesday. Apple gave the new iPad a bunch of new features but no new name. New iPad is armed with a full HD display with 3.1 million pixels and a supercharged new processor. The tablet will be powered by a super fast quad core A5x chip that acts as the brains of the device , putting Apple’s tablet ahead of competitors such as Samsung. It will also offer a high speed 4G LTE network connection on both the AT & T and Verizon wireless networks in US.
The new features mean the tablet computer will be slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, because it needs a larger battery to power the high-resolution screen. The battery life of the new model remains the same: about 10 hours of use. Apple says the battery capacity is 70 % higher than for the old model, which suggests that it could have kept the old screen and extended the battery life to 17 hours instead of upgrading the screen resolution.
The new iPad will be 9.4 mm thick (0.37″ inches). That compares with 8.8 mm (0.34″ inches), for the iPad 2. The weight is going up from 1.33 pounds to 1.44 pounds for the Wi-Fi only model. The original iPad weighed 1.5 pounds.
The screen, a larger version of the screen in iPhone 4S, is sharper than most 40″ inch HD televisions. Apple claims that the screen resolution is so sharp that words on screen are sharper than words in print. The new screen can also show deeper and more vibrant colors than previous models, Apple said. The new iPad also offers a 5 megapixel iSight camera which can record video in full HD. Apple showed off new apps, including new versions of it’s iWork apps such as iPhoto. Many apps showed off the power of the new tablet – for instance editing 14 megapixel digital photos in full size on screen.
Prices aren’t changing from the previous models. They will start at $499. Versions capable of accessing cellular networks will cost $629 to $829 :
- Wi-Fi only, 16 GB – $499
- Wi-Fi only, 32 GB – $599
- Wi-Fi only, 64 GB – $699
- Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 16 GB – $629 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)
- Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 32 GB – $729 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)
- Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 64 GB – $829 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)