The long awaited, much speculated release of the 3rd generation iPad has finally come to fruition. As many anticipated the 2048 x 1536 “Retina” display was one of the major new features highlighted by Tim Cook in the keynote address. The screen is so rich that even at 15 inches away from the screen, you won’t be able to see any pixels.
Besides the new display the New iPad offers an A5X processor with quad-core graphics processing. Unfortunately for some hopeful power users the main processor is still a dual core, so don’t expect Adobe After Affects Touch anytime soon.
As far as the cameras are concerned, there is a new iSight camera brought over from the design of the iPhone 4s. No upgrade to the front facing camera was evident.
Siri will not be making her full appearance on this version of the iPad but there will be Voice dictation ability available via a keyboard icon on many Apps.
Besides the highly “resolutionary” screen, the other key feature that took many by surprise is their support for 4G LTE. The new iPad will at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model followed by $629 for the 16GB 4G LTE model, with 32GB and 64GB models progressing up $100 and $200 each.
Battery life is expected to hover around 10 hours and be very close to that even using 4G LTE.
The 3rd generation iPad hits stores on March 16th, while pre-orders start today in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan. The global phenomenon will continue with 100 more countries on March 23.
The following video is the Keynote Highlight Reel in less than 1 minute: