Apple iPad 3

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Apple iPad 3

The original Apple iPad sold over three million units in just 80 days. By the time the second generation, the iPad 2, arrived in March 2011, almost 15 million iPads had been sold worldwide.


With almost 75% of the world’s tablet market share, it’s no wonder that the release of a new iPad is a much-anticipated event.

Despite all the hype, the iPad 3 looks remarkably similar to the iPad 2. That is, until you pick it up and switch it on.

The first thing you notice is that the iPad 3 is heavier than its predecessor, around 80 grams heavier, in fact. It’s also slightly thicker at 9.4 mm compared with the iPad 2 at 8.8mm, but the height and width at 241 mm and 186 mm respectively remain the same.

So what’s inside that tempted over three million buyers to purchase the new model in the first three days after it was released?

The most eye-catching difference is the amazing Retina Display, which has four times the number of pixels as the iPad 2. The 9.7-inch screen packs in 1,536 x 2,048 pixels in total and the crispness, clarity and detail on the new screen have to be seen to be believed.

The iPad 3 also benefits from the A5X processor that enhances the graphics even more; new apps are expected that will take advantage of the potential of the new processor. The operating system is the iOS5.1 version released on March 7, 2012, one week prior to the iPad 3’s release date. The iPad 3 also comes with 1 GB memory, double that of the iPad 2.

While the iPad 2 came with a 0.7-megapixel camera, certainly an improvement on the camera-less original iPad, the iPad 3 features a 5.0-megapixel camera on the rear capable of shooting 1,080 pixels at up to 30 frames per second. The front facing 0.3-megapixel VGA camera can also shoot video at 30 frames per second.

The iPad 3’s battery life is around 10 hours between charging, thanks to the lithium-ion polymer battery, and this is despite some users complaining that the iPad 3 can get quite warm during use.

The drawbacks? Apart from the overheating possibility, which seems to happen mainly when playing 3D games, the 16 GB storage on the base option is quickly used up if you download lots of HD movies or fill the iPad 3 with apps. The 32 GB or 64 GB options make more sense if you are a compulsive downloader.

But these are minor details. The stunning Retina Display alone makes the iPad 3 live up to the hype and, coupled with power aplenty, it is a worthy successor to the iPad 2.

 

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