Apple iPad 3 Information Center
In 2012, Apple unveiled its third-generation iPad, called simply the iPad (or iPad 3 as it's sure to be commonly known.) Physically similar to the iPad 2, the iPad 3 features an ultra-high resolution touchscreen display, faster graphics processing, an improved rear camera, increased system memory (RAM), and LTE "4G" wireless data support for Verizon and AT&T's networks.
The iPad 3 has a dramatically improved screen, with a resolution double that of the iPad and iPad 2: 2048x1536. Since the screen size has remained 9.7-inches, the pixels per inch have increased to 264PPI with over 3.1 million total. The new Retina screen allows viewing full 1080p video with pixels to spare.
To help drive the Retina display, the new iPad has a A5X SoC with a dual-core applications processor, a quad-core GPU, and extra RAM. Apple claims the iPad 3's overall power is about twice that of the 2nd Gen iPad, and graphics processing has increased considerably as well.
The primary rear camera has been dramatically improved, up to 5MP from the pathetic camera hardware found on the iPad 2. The new iPad has iPhone 4S optics and can shoot 1080p HD video with autofocus, image stabilization and white balance. The front-facing FaceTime camera is the same low-res model found on the iPad 2.
For the first time on any iOS device, the iPad 3 supports LTE, the fastest WLAN wireless data standard available. Different models for AT&T and Verizon are available to take advantage of each carrier's "4G" networks (HSPA+, LTE) where available. The new iPad also supports mobile hotspot functionality if you have a 3G/LTE model so that you can share the data connection with a laptop, eReader or other Wi-Fi device.
Battery life remains at the iPad-standard 10 hours under optimal conditions, but LTE will cut this by an hour or so.
iOS 5.1 ships with the iPad 3. The included and optional iPad Apple apps have been updated for the new screen resolution. Siri voice dictation is also onboard, though the full-featured Siri is a no-show.
Prices and flash storage capacities remain the same as the previous iPad models: that is 16/32/64GB Wi-Fi models for $499, $599 and $699, respectively, and $629, $729 and $829 for the 3G/LTE versions with the same storage tiers.
Apple iPad 3 Specifications
- Dual-Core A5X SoC 1GHz CPU
- 16GB, 32GB or 64GB Onboard Storage
- Quad-Core PowerVR SGX GPU
- 1024MB System Memory (RAM)
- 9.7 Inch IPS Retina Touchscreen
- iOS 5.1 Operating System
- 2048x1536 Resolution, 264 PPI
- Bluetooth 4.0 and A2DP
- 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Wireless
- Siri-powered Voice-to-Text Input
- 3G (HSPA/EV-DO); "4G" LTE/HSPA+
- GPS Receiver (3G/LTE Models Only)
- Standard 30-pin Dock Connector
- Accelerometer, Gyroscope & Compass
- HDMI Video Out (Optional Accessory)
- iCloud, Push E-Mail, Contacts & Cal
- Weight: Approx 1.4 Pounds
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- Internal 42.5Wh Li-Ion Battery
- Fingerprint Resistant Screen Coasting
- Up to 10 Hours of Use Per Charge
- Wi-Fi: 1.4lbs; 3G/LTE: 1.46lbs