Apple Unveils ‘The New iPad’; Comes With Retina Display, 5MP Rear Camera, Faster A5X Chip, Supports 4G LTE Networks

Apple's new iPad

Apple today unveiled the third generation of the iPad at its media event this morning.

The new iPad, as expected, features a higher resolution Retina display, a better front camera, a faster processor and supports faster 4G LTE networks. The design remains largely the same with slight changes in dimensions.

Here’s a list of new features and improvements:

Retina Display: 

This was the most anticipated, and thanks to the rumor mill, most probable feature of the new iPad. The device doubles its pixel density from 132ppi to 264 ppi. For the iPad’s 9.7 inch screen, that is a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels, totaling to 3.1 million pixels. iOS takes care to render text, and other UI elements at a higher resolution to display, sharper and crisper text and graphics. The new iPad has 44 percent better color saturation as well.

Retina display iPad


The new iPad comes with new, faster processor dubbed the “A5X.” It is a faster dual-core processor but with a quad-core GPU. It has quad-core graphics which gives four times as much graphics performance as an NVIDIA Tegra 3. This processor would power the 3.1 million pixels on the new iPad’s Retina display.

A5X performance


The rear camera has been upgraded to 5MP. Also,  Apple sort of takes a step back in nomenclature, and calls the camera an “iSight” camera. We thought it shed this branding when it started marketing cameras shipped with Macs as FaceTime HD cameras. It features the same optics system as the iPhone 4S with features like auto-exposure, auto-focus, auto-face detection and AF-lock. The iSight camera is also capable of taking video in 1080p resolution, with Built-in stabilization and noise reduction.

the new ipad's 5mp camera

Voice Dictation:

Just like the iPhone 4S, small key on the new iPad’s keyboard brings up an interface for voice dictation. It supports US English, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese. But this is not Siri, it seems to be just Siri’s Dictation feature.

voice dictation


The new iPad has a 4G LTE chip which brings 4G LTE, HSPA+ and dual-channel HSDPA capabilities to the device. Their theoretical speeds: 21Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA at 42Mbps, LTE at 73Mbps. It is compatible with AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Bell and Telus. The devices would be separate though, depending on the carrier you choose. The 3G, however, would be “world-ready,” which means that you could take your new iPad anywhere in the world, pop-in a SIM and surf the web via 3G. Also, if permitted by your carrier, the iPad can now serve as a personal hotspot.



Well, this isn’t really an improvement, but nevertheless. The new iPad, at 9.4mm thickness and 1.4lbs weight, is slightly thicker than its predecessor, presumably to make room for the new 4G  LTE chip, and the larger battery to power the Retina display.

Battery Life:

The new iPad retains the 10 hour battery life with 4G off, and 9 hours with 4G.

Battery life


Contrary to certain rumors, the iPad retains the same pricing as the iPad 2. iPad with Wi-Fi will be available for $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, $699 for the 64GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. Both models would be available in black and white.

The iPad 2 meanwhile has received a price drop. The 16GB iPad 2 Wi-Fi only model would be selling for $399 and the iPad 2 Wi-Fi+3G model will be available for $529.

iPad pricing


The new iPad will be available on March 16th in the United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Update: Apple has already started accepting pre-orders for the new iPad on its online store.

Countries available on march 16th

The new iPad

Also check out Apple’s introductory video of the new iPad where Apple explains how it managed to get Retina Display on the new iPad and lots more:

Let us know what you think about the new iPad. Do you plan to buy or upgrade to it? Let us know in the comments.

Image courtesy: gdgt, AllThingsD 

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  • First! Congrats! 😉 As a photographer I would love to show my work on it!

    • iPad2Owner

      iPass. I was hopin’ for more “wow”. I’ll have to stick w my iPad 2 for now. Will wait for iPad39.

    • tetra

      congrats for being first! i am very proud of you!

  • JB

    I have the one and two. I’ll give my wife the one and I’ll get the new one.

    • I’ve always wondered, why is it the wife who always gets the outdated product?

      • Diogenes5

        It’s because she’ll only use it for watching cooking shows and looking up knitting sites.

      • Move wives don’t care too much about having the latest and greatest. As long as it works, they’re happy with it.

  • fas

    They should have doubled storage.

  • teenbot

    well, no siri, and base model is 16 GB, and most of these rumers were fake exept the retina, design,A5x chip and 4g LTE, idk why but i expected more, i had my hopes up tooo high.
    im still getting one though, i sold all my ios devices, ipad and itouch, i cant survive without a IOS device lol

    • sarajevac

      What about RAM is it 512mb or 1GB???

      • Apple never tells that. We have to wait for iFixit. 😉

      • teenbot

        idk but i would expect it to be 1GB, lets wait and see….

        • fas

          Could be 1 GB, for the quad core.

  • Nick

    well yea it is pretty nice, but the camera is useless because iPad cameras are rarley used. I personally wont upgrade from my iPad2 but i would think people into video and picture editing would like it. Also people with good 4g networks might wanna upgrade. ATT HAS A TERRIBLE 4G BECAUSE IT HAS LIKE NO COVERAGE ANYWHERE JUST TO LET YOU GUYS KNOW. but yea based on preference i am not upgrading

  • OGT

    OMG… Same Sh!t..! With a few upgrades..! People will buy this “iPad2.5”

    Since Steve Jobs dies! Apple has no more great ideas..!

    • Anon

      Yea, because the differences from iPad 1 to iPad 2 were astonishing!!! when Steve was alive.


    • Eric

      Ummm if you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Stop crying and buy your Kindle fire.

  • James M. Shih

    Don’t have enough changes to get rid of my ipad 2.

  • OK

    the pre-order page is still down. I’ve been checking every minute since the announcement.

    • teenbot

      i know right, maybe the server is full from all the people wanting to pre-order

  • paulg

    Damn. I just heard apple released ios 5.1. I am in the office at the moment and need to rush home after work to save my 5.0.1 ipad 2 shsh blobs. Hopefully it’s not too late.

  • Starscream

    What about flash player?any improvements?

    • tetra

      did you just came to earth?

  • No way! It`s just a new iPad 2 and a half…..

  • Javeezy

    I got my glasses and my iPad 2 looks retina display to me 🙂

  • mkimid

    Disappointed with processor update. Actually, I enjoy non-mp4 videos. It is very high processor load. It will be very difficult to support the natuve resolution with A5x. Because of stream processing load is too high.
    Graphics also, the pixel number is 4times, but, just double performance. I have expected at least 8~10x using PowerVR 6 series.
    Actually, Applecan not define the name yet, because of some unbalanced process(CPU&GPU) power up.
    I may need to wait one more year for
    New design, A6 processor to fully support the advantage of retina display

  • mkimid

    Little disappointed with the processor … Not A6, just A5x .. Hmm, unbalanced upgrade -.-a

  • aka

    I would get it for $199.99, no doubt.
    come judge me 🙂

  • robert

    I noticed it doesnt mention anything about illumination sensor for taking pictures at night?