iPad 3 unveiled with Retina display, A5X quad-core graphics, 5MP camera. Available March 16

iPad 3 unveiled with Retina display, A5X quad-core graphics, 5MP camera. Available March 16Well, 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!

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 7, 2012 at 19:50

Dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip with quad-core graphics

lcurdie / MOD  Mar. 7, 2012 at 19:56

*hi5* :p

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 7, 2012 at 20:08

*hi5* :p

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Stelph  Mar. 7, 2012 at 20:25

Well all the predictions were bang on the money it seems!

Pondlife  Mar. 7, 2012 at 20:30

Not the one I saw earlier that talked of a tactile screen, but most of them for sure. Engadget says they kept the vga front cam. hmm that'll look nice on that screen. Mostly positive about the thing, screen still seems overkill. And reduced functionality on Siri sounds odd

lcurdie / MOD  Mar. 7, 2012 at 20:39

It'll be interesting to see what the shipping time is. My bet's on 2-3 weeks, quickly rising to 4-5.

blizzard7  Mar. 7, 2012 at 20:42

Not the one I saw earlier that talked of a tactile screen, but most of them for sure. Engadget says they kept the vga front cam. hmm that'll look nice on that screen. Mostly positive about the thing, screen still seems overkill. And reduced functionality on Siri sounds odd

640x480 FaceTime on a 2048x1536 screen would look absolutely beautiful and revolutionary.

Pondlife  Mar. 7, 2012 at 20:43

US store is up and running ours not so much

Pondlife  Mar. 7, 2012 at 20:45

640x480 FaceTime on a 2048x1536 screen would look absolutely beautiful and revolutionary.

Why it'll just be smaller?

blizzard7  Mar. 7, 2012 at 21:14

640x480 FaceTime on a 2048x1536 screen would look absolutely beautiful and revolutionary.

Why it'll just be smaller?


I hope you don't think I was being serious! :p

Treab  Mar. 7, 2012 at 21:23

*Snore*

Pondlife  Mar. 7, 2012 at 21:23

Ah, I may just have.
Think I might know what one of next years upgrades will be.

Treab  Mar. 7, 2012 at 21:26

thinner and a quad core processor?

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 7, 2012 at 21:28

Does anyone know what GPU the new iPad actually has? Oh and that screen will be beautiful, I'm looking forward to having a play with one :)

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 7, 2012 at 21:28

Btw...does this mean the new iPad still has 512mb of RAM?

Treab  Mar. 7, 2012 at 21:31

no. they downgraded it to 256mb.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 7, 2012 at 21:33

I'll assume you're trolling, I was out shopping during the keynote, so I'm just hearing all this information.

Treab  Mar. 7, 2012 at 21:41

I'll assume you're trolling, I was out shopping during the keynote, so I'm just hearing all this information.

you would be wrong to do so.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 7, 2012 at 21:47

I Googled it, Apple didn't mention the RAM at all. Presumably it stayed at 512mb then.

blizzard7  Mar. 7, 2012 at 21:53

Ah, I may just have.
Think I might know what one of next years upgrades will be.
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Yup. Apple always focuses on just one or two headline spec upgrades so they can always bank on their marketing to put some kind of spin on it.

I'm snoring with Treab here. I mean, fair enough the iPhone 4S looks exactly like the iPhone 4 but now the iPad 3 looks exactly like the iPad 2. What is Apple's design department on a year-long holiday or something?

Apart from the high-res screen (which is pretty pointless given that most websites are optimized for a width of 1024 pixels), there's nothing here which makes me even the faintest bit excited.

Pondlife  Mar. 7, 2012 at 22:20

thinner and a quad core processor?

Actually thicker and indeed heavier. Guessing due to extra battery to keep same battery life.

Pondlife  Mar. 7, 2012 at 22:24

Was sure they said that ios5 meant they could make updates that didn't need to include everything in future, 655mb downloading though. :(

Treab  Mar. 7, 2012 at 22:27

thinner and a quad core processor?

Actually thicker and indeed heavier. Guessing due to extra battery to keep same battery life.


we were guessing the ipad 4 ;)

Pondlife  Mar. 7, 2012 at 22:41

Oops, half asleep today, well maybe half asleep normally so make it 3/4 today.
Surely next years will have more than 4 cores as this one has that. Nearly typed more than 4 cows, by accident then. :(

Treab  Mar. 7, 2012 at 22:45

well its a dual core device with a quad core gpu ;) next year a quad core processor to match the gpu and thinner... then a price increase...

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