The new iPad with Retina Display is Here

ipad Logo

Apple unveiled the new iPad yesterday night (Yes, it is called the new iPad and not iPad 3 or iPad HD). In addition to getting the much rumored retina display, the new iPad also boasts of a quad core A5X processor with groundbreaking graphics capabilities built in, a 5MP iSight camera and 4G LTE support. It is also a tad thicker and heavier than the iPad 2.

Lets take a quick look at the new features:

retina risplay

The new iPad features Apple’s awesome retina display which packs so much pixels in one inch that it is impossible for the human eye to distinguish them individually. The result is a stunningly sharp display which just blows away every other screen you might have seen till date. The new iPad’s retina display has a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels which is a million pixels higher than the 1920×1080 resolution of Full HD TVs available in the market.

Apple A5X

The new iPad has the Apple’s quad core A5X chip inside which pumps up enough power to support the high resolution retina display with the same fluidity and smoothness as its predecessor, without compromising on the 10 hours of battery life.

iPad iSight Camera

The new iPad has a 5MP version of the brilliant camera that comes on the iPhone 4S, which can take awesome photos and lets you shoot videos in 1080p Full HD. The camera also features backside illumination enabling you to take awesome photos even in low light conditions in addition to having video stabilization, letting you shoot stabilized (less shaky) videos.

iPad 4G LTE

The new iPad is 4G LTE ready and will be available for AT&T and Verizon’s 4G networks in the US. In addition to 4G networks, the new iPad also supports 3G networks worldwide. Plus, if your carrier supports it, you can use you iPad as a WiFi hotspot to connect other devices to the internet.

iPad dictation

The new iPad also features the dictation feature from Siri. Note that full Siri support is currently only available in the iPhone 4S. The new iPad just lets users dictate whatever they want to type. Dictation is a new button in the keyboard and can be used anywhere the keyboard can be used.

The new iPad is priced the same as its predecessor (Sadly, there is no 128GB version yet):

  • 16GB WiFi: $499
  • 32GB WiFi: $599
  • 64GB WiFi: $699
  • 16GB WiFi + 4G: $629
  • 32GB WiFi + 4G: $729
  • 64GB WiFi + 4G: $829

The new iPad will ship in the US on 16th March 2012 and pre orders are open. The pre-orders will be delivered on 16th-March-2012.

The iPad 2 is still available in 16GB configuration with the WiFi only model priced at $399 and WiFi + 3G model priced at $529.

No word on India launch or price drop for iPad 2 in India. We will keep you posted as and when it is announced. UPDATE: Apple drops prices of iPad 2 in India.

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