Apple unveils the new iPad: 4G LTE, Retina Display

After the protracted buildup to its latest event, Apple launched the third generation iPad today. Contrary to widespread rumors, the new tablet wasn't called the iPad HD, or even the iPad 3 - Apple made it a point to name it without any number as an appendage.


The new iPad turned out to have a Retina display, confirming a long rumored theory about its screen resolution. The resolution is 2048x1536 pixels, on a 9.7 inch screen. The pixel density is 264 pixels per inch, something that Apple CEO Tim Cook called as good as a Retina display.

The new iPad will also the first Apple device to run on 4G LTE networks. Apple claimed that absolutely no other device could match up to the sheer number of wireless bands accessible on the iPad.

The newest iteration of the Cupertino company's tablet is a massive upgrade on anything Apple has offered to date. The new A5X CPU powers the device, and is coupled with a quad core graphics chipset. Apple claims that their new internals are now 4 times faster than the enormously powerful Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset. The raw power of the new iPad was shown off through a number of iOS exclusive games such as Infinity Blade 3, and drew endless amounts of applause from the onlooking public.

Apple has also introduced something it called the iSight camera. Despite being only 5 megapixels, the imaging system is the same as the one found within the phenomenal iPhone 4S camera. The videos and photos captured by the camera were incredible, and there was an auto-stabilization system that worked wonders too. The iPhoto app also incorporated bezel gestures to draw up thumbnails, which was a unique touch in itself.  This new gesture system has potentially impressive applications in the future.

The new iPad is already available on preorders, and will be commercially available from the 16th of March. The prices start at $499 for the 16GB WiFi model - in other words, the pricing slab remains exactly the same as the iPad 2.


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