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Apple Event: iPad 3 with Retina Display, LTE, A5X Chip and 5MP Rear Camera

The iPad 3 is finally alive! All the rumors can stop now and everyone can concentrate on what Apple’s newest iPad actually is. Last Wednesday, march 7th 2012, Tim Cook proudly presented the new iPad, along with an updated AppleTV and software. But lets concentrate on the main event: The most rumored product of the last months, the third generation iPad!

Retina Display

Some people see it as an update, like they said about the iPhone 4S last year, but most of the fans are really excited. As one of the main features, Apple presented the new Retina Display with great pride. And they should! 2048 x 1536 pixels, so if you do the math: 4 times as many pixels as the iPad 2. According to Tim Cook, the Retina Display is ‘redefining the category Apple created’.
iPad Retina Display

New Power-Engine: A5X Chip

Of course, a display like that, with 44% better color saturation than the iPad 2, needs a redesigned engine to power this. The brand new A5X chip replaces the old; an impressive ‘system-on-chip’, quad-core engine with more power to support the display and the new 5 MP rear-camera.
Are you afraid of the battery life with all those power-consuming features? No need, because Apple succeeded to keep the battery life the same as the iPad 2: 10 hours on Wi-Fi and 9 hours on 4G LTE.

4G LTE Network

The rumors already predicted it: The new iPad also supports the 4G LTE network with speeds up to 21 Mbps on HSPA+, 42 Mbps on dual-carrier HSPA+ and 73 Mbps on LTE.

5 MP iSight Camera

iPad 5 MP iSight Camera
The new 5 MP iSight camera includes extremely advanced technologies to make high-quality pictures and, long expected, 1080p HD video recordings. Thanks to these new and advanced technologies the camera uses advanced background lighting enhancement. With this feature you are able to make realistic pictures, even in less ideal circumstances. Advanced image stabilization technology helps you to make better movies, without the undesired shaking-effects.

Pricing and Availability

The new iPad launches on march 16th in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Australia. The pricing (USA) will be the same as the ‘old’ iPad 2, so $499 (16GB), $599 (32GB) and $699 (64GB) for WiFi-only versions and $629 (16GB), $729 (32GB) and $829 (64GB) for 4G LTE versions. All the models are available in both Black and White. The iPad 2 will be continued at a reduced price starting at $399 for a 16 Gb WiFi model, and $529 for a 3G model.

Weird thing that occurred to me is the fact that the iPad 3, as everyone calls it, was presented by Phill Schiller as ‘The New iPad’ instead of the expected name as iPad 3 or iPad HD. So what will be next? ‘The newest iPad’? or ‘The even newer iPad’?

Suggestions are welcome in the comments [via, via MacRumors, Computable]

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