New Apple iPad 3 Announced at 7th March 2012 Launch Event….all the specs

So, with the months of rumours, leaked photos and specs….what’s the lowdown of the newly launched Apple iPad 3, and yes we’ll skip around the details of the seemingly overlooked Apple TV.

Costing the same as the iPad 2 with the 16GB Wi-Fi only model available first on 16th March in US and UK, those looking to snap up the third-generation iOS tablet available in black and white will need to part with £399 with those requiring 32GB or 64GB of internal storage having to spend slightly more at £479 or £559 respectively available via Amazon.co.uk through this link from 16th March 2012.

Firstly the specs:

  • 3.1 Million Pixels
  • A5 X Quad-core Graphics
  • Retina Display
  • iSight Camera – 5MP sensor, Backside Illumination, 5-element lens
  • Apple software for image signal processing
  • HD Video Recording
  • Next Generation Wireless with 4G/LTE – Can also do dual carrier HSDPA which gives you up to 42 megabits per second and up to 73Mbps on LTE
  • Voice Dictation – Supports English, French, German, and Japanese
  • 10 Battery Life
A few shots of the iPad 3 from the launch and the finer details:
New Retina Display

A large, beautiful display. The Retina display on the new iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution, 44 percent greater color saturation, and an astounding 3.1 million pixels — in the same 9.7-inch space. That’s four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV. Those pixels are so close together, your eyes can’t discern individual ones at a normal viewing distance. When you can’t see the pixels, you see the whole picture. Or article. Or game.

A5X Chip

The A5X chip with quad-core graphics drives four times the pixels of iPad 2 yet it delivers the same smoothness and fluidity iPad is known for. Even with all that extra oomph, on the new iPad you still get up to 10 hours of power to read, watch, play, write, and create whatever you want, all you want.1

The Retina display on the new iPad wouldn’t be possible without the new and powerful A5X chip. It drives power to every one of the 3.1 million pixels in the display. And its quad-core graphics processing makes everything you do on iPad feel incredibly responsive. From the little things like swiping, scrolling, and pinching to the big things like editing photos in the new iPhoto, applying filters and transitions in iMovie, and, of course, playing games.

4G LTE Wireless Technology

The new iPad offers the most comprehensive support for networks around the world. It’s designed with cellular antennas that access a larger frequency spectrum. That means you can get online almost anywhere you are — whether you’re on AT&T or Verizon. You can even pop in a local SIM card to get a connection when you’re traveling.

The new iPad supports fast cellular networks the world over — up to 4G LTE.2 So you can browse the web, stream content, or download a movie at blazing-fast speeds. It also works on GSM/UMTS worldwide network technologies including HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA — the fastest 3G networks out there. You’ll see downlink speeds up to 42 Mbps with DC-HSDPA and up to 21.1 Mbps with HSPA+.3

Now for the first time, you can share the high-speed data connection on your iPad. If your carrier supports it, iPad can act as a personal hotspot for connecting up to five devices — such as a MacBook Air, an iPod touch, or another iPad — over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB.

iOS
iOS is the magic behind iPad. It lets you see and do everything using Multi-Touch. It includes all the powerful, innovative, and fun built-in apps you use every day, many times a day.

iCloud
iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, mail, contacts, calendars, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices.4 So if you buy a song, take a photo, or edit a calendar event on your iPad, iCloud makes sure it appears on your Mac, iPhone, and iPod touch, too.

Voice Dictation
Write an email. Send a text. Search the web. Or create a note. And do it all with only your voice. Instead of typing, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard. Then say what you want to say while your iPad listens. Tap Done and, just like that, your spoken words become written words. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can do things like update your Facebook status or share a thought on your Twitter feed.

iSight Camera

The new iPad features Apple’s 5-megapixel iSight camera. Designed with advanced optics, it lets you shoot gorgeous photos and 1080p HD video.

The 5-megapixel iSight camera features a backside illumination sensor that captures great-looking pictures whether by sunlight or candlelight. Autofocus, tap to focus, and tap to set exposure functions mean every photo you take instantly becomes a frameworthy gem. And with built-in face detection that automatically balances focus and exposure across up to 10 faces.

HD Video Recording
The iSight camera on the new iPad lets you capture all these unpredictable, beautiful, and hilarious moments. In 1080p HD, no less. And with automatic video stabilization, your recording is free of bumps and shakes.

Megapixels matter. But the quality of a photo is determined by other things, too — like the camera’s optics, image signal processor, and software. The iSight camera uses advanced optics to give you the best picture possible. With an ƒ/2.4 aperture and a five-element lens, it captures light efficiently to produce a sharper overall image. And the hybrid infrared filter — typically reserved for expensive SLR cameras — keeps out harmful IR light for more accurate, uniform colors.

Costing the same as the iPad 2 with the 16GB Wi-Fi only model available first on 16th March in US and UK, those looking to snap up the third-generation iOS tablet available in black and white will need to part with £399 with those requiring 32GB or 64GB of internal storage having to spend slightly more at £479 or £559 respectively available via Amazon.co.uk through this link from 16th March 2012.

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