4G LTE enabled, with optimised power and an HD display, the new iPad is a vastly improved version of the iPad 2.
And the new iPad is called…the new iPad
The name was perhaps the biggest surprise of Apple’s recent unveiling of its new iPad, when Steve Jobs’ successor, Tim Cook, finally dispelled all the rumours concerning the name (iPad 3, iPad HD, etc).
Apple focused its efforts on the new tablet’s photo, video and gaming capabilities:
- An HD Retina display with 2048 x 1536 resolution, (compared with 1024 x 768 pixels for the iPad 2)
- An iSight camera with a 5–megapixel backside illuminated sensor.
- A new iPhoto app, also available for iPhones, boasting accessible yet highly sophisticated photo-sharing capabilities.
- A quad-core AX5 chip and dual-core high-performance, low-power CPU.
The first Apple device to have 4G LTE connectivity, which can be used by up to five devices as a personal hotspot, the new iPad boasts, despite its increased power, almost the same battery life as the iPad 2, (9 hours instead of 10).
The tablet will be available in black or white, with prices ranging from €489 to €814, depending on the versions (16, 32, 64 GB, Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi 4G). It will be available on 16 March in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Hong Kong, and the following week in 25 other countries.
iOS and apps updates
Apple also announced the new iOS 5.1, available now, along with a host of apps launched for the iPad1, which can be downloaded for free.