The iPad 3 Rocks! Check It Out… (Recap)


Today is just like any other ordinary Wednesday save for the fact that the all new iPad 3 was announced. But even though the announcement was far from a surprise, and the iPad 3 itself has seen it’s final form more or less revealed, the hype and excitement around today’s event is as high as ever.

The iPad 3

Tim opened up the iPad 3 unveiling by citing the iPad’s previous, runaway quarter of 15.4 million units sold (Q4 2011). Compared to actual PCs figures by some of the top manufacturers (Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer), Apple’s iPad beat them all — and it’s only 2 years old.

While the App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch has over 550,000 apps, the iPad’s selection is a bit more sparse, though hardly anything to sneeze at at over 200,000. In short: there’s no shortage of iPad apps, more importantly, good iPad apps.

As for the hardware itself, we’re looking at a gorgeous 9.7″ 2048 x 1536 Retina display (264ppi and 3.1 million total pixels) with 40% better color saturation than the iPad 2′s display.

To put into scale just how much higher resolution the iPad 3′s display is, a 1080p display has nearly 1 million fewer pixels. And this is on a 9.7″ display mind you.

As previous rumors reported, the iPad 3 makes use of the new dual-core A5X processor which features “quad-core graphics” packed inside. Tim Cook made the claim on stage that the iPad 3′s A5X processor is “twice as fast” as Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor and “offers 4x the performance”. We’ll have to wait until official, 3rd party benchmarks are run before picking a clear winner.

The iSight camera is now a 5-megapixel, backside illuminated type similar to the one in the iPhone 4S. Other features of the iPad 3′s new iSight camera include auto-focus & white balance, face detection and an IR filter.

By incorporating the same tech, the iPad 3′s camera should put out far higher quality pictures than the iPad 2, and maybe be one of the first tablets to actually take pictures worth keeping.

Along with the increase still image photography comes new support for 1080p video recording.

While Siri isn’t yet fully on the iPad, it appears Apple is testing the waters with a new “Voice Dictation” feature on the iPad 3. Activated by a microphone key on the keyboard, Voice Dictation supports US English, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese and will allow you to belt out messages and other features as fast as your lips can flap.

What kind of a next-gen tablet would the iPad 3 be without LTE tech — it’s (finally) here. But besides just LTE, the iPad 3 also supports 21 Mbps HSPA+, DC-HSDPA @ 42Mbps and of course, LTE topping the charts at up to 73 Mbps. Sadly, while the iPad 3 will feature global 3G, LTE is so striated amongst the global populous that separate carrier-specific iPads will be mandatory. As for here in the states, Apple is marketing the iPad 3 as supporting AT&T and Verizon LTE.

All of the features above are great — if the device in question can last more than an hour or two. That said, one would expect the increased horsepower, higher resolution display, and buffet of radios to cause battery life to take a hit. Nope! The iPad 3 will still get 10 hours on 3G and, more importantly, 9 hours over LTE — no small feat. Size comes in at 9.4mm thin and 1.4 lbs.

Available in US, Canada, UK, France, German, Switzerland and Japan on March 16th.

Pricing & Availability

  • (Wifi-only) 16 GB - $499 | 32 GB - $599 | 64 GB - $699
  • (Wifi + LTE) 16 GB - $629 | 32 GB - $729 | 64 GB - $829

iOS 5.1 & Siri

Besides the iPad 3, Apple officially announced Siri’s new-found Japanese support, and that said support will come built into iOS 5.1 — available today (Japan “in the next few weeks”).

iCloud & Apple TV

On stage at today’s event, Tim Cook proudly boasted over the 585,000+ app count in the App Store, the 25 billionth download threshold being crossed, and announced that iTunes in the cloud now supports movies too. Just like you can with music, movies purchased and downloaded via iTunes can be re-downloaded. Also, TV shows are now in full 1080p. Which leads too…

Also making a grand appearance today is a brand new AppleTV complete with support for 1080p content. The new device also features a tweaked, “streamlined” UI and support for iTunes iCloud playlists.

The new AppleTV will be available starting March 16th (pre-orders open today) for $99.

iPad 2 Lives On!

Despite the iPad 3 being a serious upgrade over the now outdated iPad 2, Apple is keeping it around. From here on out the 16 GB WiFi-only iPad 2 can be had for $399.

Conclusion

The iPad 3 definitely raises the bar in several categories, namely display quality and gaming. Though, getting 9 hours of battery life while using LTE is pretty awesome in and of itself. Thoughts, impressions, comments?

  • http://Gadgetsteria.com Jordan Carpenter

    I wouldn’t say the iPad 2 is outdate, since nothing out on the market can touch it. 

  • Davie

    How can you say the display is “gorgeous” when you haven’t even seen it in person?

  • Billyth3k1d

    So they played catch up in the display department. It’s not a fully 4G tablet as speeds are capped and the added processor power means less battery life compared to the iPad2. Not worth the hype is all I can say. But of course idrones will hail it as revolutionary. 

    • http://www.gadgetsteria.com The Gadgeteur

      Lol. you didn’t even ready anything, did you? Catch up? The iPad 3 has the highest resolution of any tablet on the market. It is Android manufacturers who will have to catch up. 

      “Not full 4G”? Ok. No LTE network publicly available provides speeds that fast for the general public. By the time such a network is routinely delivering 80+ Mbps down, we’ll be talking about the 4th or 5th gen iPad. 

      “Added processor power” - while independent 3rd party tests will have to verify just how fast the A5X really is, the on-stage demos looked awesome. And if they can beat the Tegra 3 by a decent margin, I’d say it’s a lot more of a serious upgrade than what you’re making it sound like.

      Also, the iPad 3 gets the same 10 hours of battery life (on 3G no less) and 9 hours on 4G. Those are great numbers that lead tablets as a whole. Not sure where you get your information from, but it’s flawed.

  • Gib

    Looks good!