Apple announced its newest iPad today simply named, “iPad.” The newest toy from Apple rocks a 2048-by-1536-pixel “Retina” display (that’s 1,000 more pixels than current HDTVs have).
This update to the popular tablet is mainly internal, updating hardware such as its built-in camera and processor.
The iPad’s new Retina display has a pixel density of 264 ppi (pixels per inch), lower than the 326 ppi of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, however. Apple claims that it still considers the iPad as a “Retina” display due to the fact that human eyes will be unable to spot pixels.
Living in this newest iPad is a A5X processor with quad-core graphics capabilities – offering four times the performance of NVidia’s quad-core Tegra 3, which are housed in some Android-based tablets.
The iPad’s camera was also shown some love in this year’s update. The 5-megapixel iSight camera ups the previous iPad’s 720p video recording to 1080p, with a 5-element lens, IR filter, auto exposure and auto focus.
This third-generation iPad will be Apple’s first device compatible with AT&T and Verizon’s 4G LTE networks. 4G LTE speeds can reach 73 Mbps, compared to 7.2 Mbps for 3G.
“Competitive tablets aren’t gaining traction,” Cook said at today’s press event. Apple says its biggest advantage over other tablets isn’t hardware based, but credits its iPad specific apps that utilizes the full potential of the device. Later in the event, Apple brought out game developer Namco and design software Autodesk to prove its point.
Surprisingly, Siri was absent in this update. While there’s no word on an eventual update, there is always hope for users to have the voice assistant on their iPads.
Apple also announced the updated release of its iMovie and GarageBand apps for the iPad. iPhoto was also given an update to its iPad version.
The new iPad will be made available to the public March 16. Prices are $499 for a 16 GB model, $599 for 32 GB and $699 for 64 GB. 4G LTE models cost an additional $130 extra onto each models base price.