Apple iPad 3 – Nope, Just The New iPad

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

Managing Editor

(Victor Valley) – Did you catch the big announcement?  Yes, it is THAT time of year.  Time for the release of the newest iPad from Apple.  The buzz has been swirling for months, everyone guessing what new features it will have.  4G? A better camera? Hi-Res screen?

The dust has finally settled, the rumors have been replaced by facts, and now we know what the new iPad is all about. First of all – the name.  It is NOT the new iPad 3.  It is the new iPad, that’s it. The main upgrade is the new screen, and it is a stunner – with Apple’s new 2048 x 1536 pixel Retina™ display, the highest resolution display ever seen on a mobile device. It makes web pages, text, images and video look incredibly sharp and realistic, the company said in a press release.

That’s good for watching movies, viewing photos and playing games on the new iPad. Another promising area is e-books. When you need to enlarge the text the letters maintain their quality, possibly giving paper a run for its money.

Other new features include a zippier processor – Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics, which should be great for gamers.  Several new games are expected to come out later this year that take advantage of this faster processor.

One of the features that was rumored about and turned out to be true was the ability to tap into the fastest 4G wireless data networks.  While most users tend to favor Wi-Fi networks, this option is not always available.  Using mobile wireless networks could be a good option for users on the go, but it could also get expensive. Unless you have an unlimited data plan, you could burn through your 2 GB limit in a matter of minutes on the new iPad.

The new tablet also features voice dictation, a 5 megapixel iSight® camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video, and there are new apps in development that capitalize on the better screen.

In the end, nothing about the iPad was completely overhauled, but the overall user experience is crisper and speedier than before.

The Wi-Fi models run $499, $599 and $699 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB tablets, respectively; the 4G device is priced at $629, $729 and $829.

The new iPad goes on sale at Apple’s retail stores next Friday, March 16. But you can pre-order the tablet now at Apple’s online store for delivery on or before that date.

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