Apple's third iPad is the most impressive yet, boasting a Retina Display, A5X processor and an upgraded 5 megapixel iSight camera
Editor's Review of the iPad 3
The New iPad - as Apple like to call it - or the iPad 3 - as us ordinary people like to call it - has been not-so-long awaited by Apple fans for the past several months now. In the build-up to its release, its most touted feature was its retina display, which looked set to be one of the most pleasing screens humans have ever laid eyes on.
In addition, the new iPad houses an updated graphics processor, 5MP camera, and improved wireless connectivity. Was it worth the short wait? Absolutely!
Design & Build
What's there to say here? It's an Apple product. It's a tablet. Of course it's going to be one of the most beautiful pieces of gadgetry in existence. The iPad 3 is about 50g heavier and 0.6mm thicker than its predecessor, but that doesn't make it any less appealing. The curvy, glossy black-and-chrome look just never gets old.
The major news here though is the crystalline 9.7" Retina Display. With a 'better-than-Blu-Ray' 2048 x 1536 px resolution, this really is one of the best screens out there. Text, photos, internet browsing and gaming are all hugely enhanced by this, and using any of them feels like an optical massage.
The new A5X processor may just be an update on the iPad 2's A5 processor, but the graphical detail is phenomenal. As apps increasingly update themselves to take full advantage of the Retina display, the visual difference will be clear without any discernible performance hits.
Multimedia & Storage
While Apple tend not to flood their devices with their own-brand apps, there are several apps out there that complement the iPad 3's new and improved photo functions. Apple's very own iPhoto offers high-quality image editing, allowing you to do things as simple as cropping, to more techy tasks like shadow control and skin smoothing. Apple's own music production software, GarageBand, meanwhile, is all the more user-friendly thanks to the large, bright and super-responsive touch-screen.
The iPad 3 comes in 16, 32 and 64GB models. Non-expandable unfortunately, but if you purchase and SD card reader it'll allow for the easy transference of photos and videos to your computer and other devices.
Battery Life, Connectivity and the Rest
Despite being considerably more powerful than the iPad 2, Apple's new Golden Child doesn't noticeably rinse its battery life quicker. How Apple pulled this magic off, we don't know.
The average user will be able to get a good 4 days use out of their iPad 3, while streaming HD movies from the internet can knock its life down to as little as 5 hours.
The fact that the iPad 3 comes in both Wi-Fi and 'Wi-Fi plus 4g' models has stirred some controversy, for us humble folk here in the UK don't have 4G, and won't have it until 2013. Furthermore, even when we do get it we probably won't be able to use it with the current iPad 3 stock because their wireless frequencies won't be synced. Shame on you Apple! Or just a very foolish oversight.
Apple have once again shattered the perceived limitations of handheld devices. The Retina display and quad-core graphics processor are a testament to the idea that handheld devices will soon match PCs for all our technology-related needs. Not much has changed in terms of software and OS, but when it's all so user-friendly, who needs drastic changes? And it all looks so damn bright and colourful, it makes you wonder just how much better it can really get? We'll probably find out in a year or so...
Apple iPad 3 News
A pricing blip on Tesco‘s website saw the retailer-giant offer the 64GB iPad 3 for just £49, The Sun is reporting. Thousands of customers thought they had bagged theÂ highest-spec iPad for less than 90 percent of the RRP – with one savvy Tesco customer quickly snapping up 20 of the slates. Tesco, unsurprisingly, isn’t going […]
T-Mobile and Vodafone have announced their pricing for the iPad 3, which can be bought from either network today. T-Mobile’s pricing, unsurprisingly, is similar to Orange’s. Existing T-Mo customers can bag the 16GB iPad for £199 on a 24 month £25 contract, while new customers will have to pay £30 extra. This tariff also bags […]
Samsung is gearing up to reveal a tablet-sizedÂ 2560 x 1600 touchscreen, which is tipped to make its debut on the Apple iPad 3. Set to be unveiled at next week’sÂ SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium, the 10.1-inch LCD screen goes far beyond the iPad‘s currentÂ 1024 Ã 768 panel, firing up rumours that it’ll make its […]
Samsung has filed a motion asking Apple to hand over prototypes of the iPhone 5 and iPad 3, in order to see if Cupertino’s next-gen mobile devices infringe any of its patents. It seems the Korean firm is retaliating, after a Federal Judge last week granted AppleÂ access to the Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab […]
Poor Ali and Zohaib. PC World hasÂ revealedÂ that the iPad 3 will be available to buy from its Tottenham Court Road, London store at 12:01 on Friday, 8 hours before Apple opens its doors. Speaking to Pocket-lint, the electronics retailer alsoÂ confirmedÂ that stores inÂ BirminghamÂ and Edinburgh will be opening at 7am, a full hour before Apple Stores open. […]
Apple iPad 3 Specifications
241.2mm x 185.7mm x 9.4mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: IPS LCD
Size: 9.7 inches
Resolution: 1536 x 2048
CPU: 1GHz Dual core
A-GPS with maps
Up to 21 Mbps download speed
Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed
3G, HSDPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard USB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
5.0 megapixel camera
1080p Video Recording
At 30 fps
Front facing camera with video calling
Talk Time: 600 minutes
Standby Time: 720 hours
Audio supported formats
Playback: MP3, AAC, WAV
Video supported formats