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The new iPad: What you get

Get the scoop on the new iPad, thoughtfully named, "the new iPad." Features, prices, and resource links are here in one place.

Calling the new iPad "the new iPad" doesn't seem like revolutionary marketing (and maybe a tad confusing), but today's Apple event ushered in the latest version of the popular tablet (starting at $499), while also announcing an even more competitive price for the iPad 2 -- $399 for the Wi-Fi only version. If you can get into the Apple Store, pre-orders for the new iPad are available ahead of its official release date of March 16.

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So what exactly are you getting in the new iPad? Primarily, a whole lot of screen -- the Retina display boasts a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels -- more than any other laptop or desktop currently on the market, or, as Apple puts it, that's 44 percent greater color saturation, 3.1 million pixels -- "four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV." The design is virtually identical to the iPad 2: 9.5 inches tall and 7.31 inches wide, 0.37 inch thick, and, weighing 1.5 pounds.

Here are the feature highlights:

  • 5-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording
  • Upgraded A5X processor with quad-core graphics
  • 4G LTE models available with prices for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB at $629, $729, and $829, respectively
  • Can serve as a personal hotspot for up to five devices (dependent on carrier support)
  • 10-hour battery life; up to 9 hours using the 4G LTE network

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14 comments
GSG
GSG like.author.displayName 1 Like

I just don't understand what's so compelling about a camera on a tablet, whether front facing, rear facing, or both. I understand about facetime, but really, how much of that is your average person doing, and does it really have to be that high quality? I keep my cameras on my tablet (not an i anything kind of tablet) disabled. I tried to take a picture and it was awful. I'll just be revolutionary and use my camera to take pictures, and not my phone or tablet. My camera is easier to use and takes a better quality photo. As far as I'm concerned, the camera just adds cost and weight to the device.

JamesRL
JamesRL like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

I too prefer my professional level dSLR for taking pictures. But I don't always have it with me. And I do always have my iPhone(since my company pays me to have it with me). One of my most popular pictures, which some friends use as their wallpaper, was taken with my iPhone. I have a 3GS, so the quality isn't that high. But the image is still compelling.

GSG
GSG

I have a small camera that I tend to keep with me, which is a benefit of a big purse. On the rare times I don't have it and need to take a picture (which happened only once), I used my cell phone.

TheLip95032
TheLip95032

The resolution is impressive but not compelling enough for me to go get one. Better cameras and faster processors maybe a road to selling new desktops but in the mobile it is all slowed down by the network. Apple should use some of it's money to buy a phone company. We have iPad and an iPad2 so we love iPads but the value just isn't there on this one.

JamesRL
JamesRL

Then the upgrade to 4G/LTE would be compelling for many.

mike five
mike five like.author.displayName 1 Like

On the next iPad release is this still going to be called the New iPad or renamed the Old iPad? Or will the next release be called the New iPad2?

sparent
sparent

Maybe Newer iPad? It still leaves room for Newest iPad.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

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jls65
jls65

Ummmmmm.. I think you forgot, STARiPAD!- The Next Generation!

Slayer_
Slayer_

I wish laptops would come with that resolution. And I am surprised they can get a battery to power it. And what about cooling, quad core, massive battery, massive screen, massive backlight, this thing must have some serious cooling.

TonyReilly
TonyReilly like.author.displayName 1 Like

I'm a massive fan of the iPad & have an iPad2. Will I be getting the iPad 3 any time soon. Not a chance, my iPad 2 works just fine and although Apple's products are impressive they do tend to bring out a new one soon after a release.

jls65
jls65

Wow! Very impressive! But I think i'll wait for the next one to be released innnnnn....should beeee.....what, around before Christmas of '12? Sorry, yes i was being facetious. But i can't justify spending that kind of money on something that will be outdated too soon. Lets face it, how much of a return will you get from "I" products that are antiquated within 2 years.

richsmith
richsmith

Upgrade yours and hand the old one down the line.. to the wife or the kids. IMHO this model seems to have much more in terms of upgrade than from 1 to 2.

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