Well, well, well. It’s always kinda surreal when Apple finally unveils its spanking new wares, effectively laying countless months of rumours and speculation to rest.
And that’s exactly what Tim Cook & Co have just done with the highly-anticipated iPad 3 - or is it simply "the new iPad"? - in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theatre, San Francisco. Thanks to ye olde rumour mill, the iPad 3 is pretty much exactly what we expected (mostly), but it's still impressive as heck.
First up we have the iPad 3 display, which – unsurprisingly – weighs in with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. Again, that’s twice the resolution of the iPad and iPad 2. With a DPI of 264, Apple reckons that firmly qualifies as Retina.
Pixels are undistinguishable when the iPad 3 is held at 15in (the iPhone 4S is assumed to be held at a distance of 10in), and – speaking of pixels – there are a whopping 3.1 million of ‘em on the iPad 3. As Tim says, that’s “the most ever in a mobile device.”
Existing apps will automatically be upscaled for the iPad 3, however: “If the developer takes a little bit of time, they can do little things with their apps that are mind-blowing."
There were suggestions that the iPad 3 might launch with a dual-core processor and not the quad-core "A6", and that is indeed the case, however the dual-core A5X boasts quad-core graphics. Apple screams that it’s “twice as fast” as the Tegra 3 and offers “four times the performance”.
On the rear, the iPad 3 has a 5MP camera, with many of the same features as the shooter found on the iPhone 4S. iPad 3 video capture is no less than 1080p. Good good.
Somewhat surprisingly, the iPad 3 won’t offer full Siri support. Instead, it’ll offer voice dictation when typing.
As expected, our transatlantic cousins will enjoy 4G LTE on their iPad 3s. Whatev’s, man. Whatev’s. On a semi-similar note, the iPad 3 can also be used as a 3G hotspot. Noice.
Despite those enhanced innards, the iPad 3 claims to offer the same battery life as the iPad 2 – around 10 hours. Wow.
As for price, the iPad 3 will – as we’d speculated – pick up directly from the iPad 2. Phew. So that’s £399, £479 or £559 (16GB, 32GB or 64GB respectively) and an extra £100 for 3G. The iPad 2 will hang around and drop $100 Stateside. That's around £64 to you and me.
The iPad 3 will be available from March 16 (a week on Friday) and pre-orders supposedly start from… today! Actually, the site is being updated now. Laters!