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Apple reveals “The New iPad”, more powerful and with better graphics

Apple finally revealed their latest iPad which they simply call “œThe New iPad”, and just like with the iPhone 4S, this new iPad features only minor upgrades from the iPad 2. No revolutionary design nor stellar features. Still the same look although with souped-up specs. But should you rush to get one?

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Check out what the new iPad can give you and see if it’s worth upgrading your iPad 2 for.

Retina display

Apple’s Retina display is really gorgeous and seeing it on a bigger display is just breathtaking. It sports a 2048 x 1536 display resolution for a generous 264 pixels per inch density. It also has a newer IPS panel which Apple claims to give 44 percent greater saturation than their previous IPS display.

A5X processor with quad-core graphics

To power that gorgeous Retina Display, the new iPad has an A5X processor which has a quad-core graphics module. How fast is this exactly? According to Apple, it offers four times the performance as the Tegra 3 found on Asus’ Transformer Prime and some upcoming quad-core Android devices.

iSight camera

The new iPad now has the iSight camera. A 5-megapixel side-iluminated sensor, with 5-element lens and an infrared filter which was also found in the iPhone 4S. One thing’s for sure, you won’t be ashamed with the quality of photos you take with this new iPad.

It can now also do 1080p video recording by the way.

Voice dictation

Also supported is voice dictation. It’s not exactly Siri but it will free up your hand as you compose your mail or jot down notes. A speech-to-text function if you will and it can handle multiple major languages.


You’ll also get 4G LTE support here if you opt for the non-WiFi-only version. For the Philippines, you can take advantage of the up to 21Mbps HSPA+ networks with this device and it will also be ready for LTE when local telcos start rolling them out.

Oh you can also use it as a personal hotspot too so that’s a good thing since it has a longer battery life than mobile phones.

Physical appearance

There’s nothing different with how the new iPad look, no new ports, still no SD slots, still same buttons. What’s interesting to note here is that the new iPad is a little bit thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, 9.44mm and 1.44 lbs. compared to the iPad 2’s 8.8mm and 1.34 lbs.

Pricing and availability

Just like previous iPads when first launched, the price of the new iPad is still the same.

iPad WiFi iPad with 4G
16 GB $499 $629
32 GB $599 $729
64 GB $699 $829

Pre-orders are now being accepted at the online Apple store.

Apple is having a huge initial rollout for this new iPad which will land in 10 countries on March 16. Countries included are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia.

Bonus: So will you get the new iPad? Or stick with iPad 2?

Clearly, the improved display, graphics performance and camera are the main selling points of the new iPad. However, ask yourself these questions:

  • Will I use the iPad for playing those big games?
  • Will I be editing multimedia files with this one? Creating home videos?
  • Will I really be taking photos with a tablet device?

If you answer a “œyes” in any of those question then by all means get the new iPad. But it’s easy to answer no to them as well and the iPad 2 is still a decent tablet which is now going be $100 cheaper than before.

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  • Dan

    I’m not that excited with the New iPad. I was hoping with other big changes.

  • Janace

    Nope. Definitely sticking with my iPad 2. They didn’t even give the new iPad a better nomenclature. And I don’t really like the fact that it’s thicker and heavier. Was definitely hoping for somethin MORE.

  • JmBalicano

    I’m just glad the iPad 2 is about to drop in price.

  • StratoSpHere

    Smart already announced that they’ll be taking in “The New iPad”, with LTE subscriptions. What about Globe kaya….? 😀

    • Griswold

      nobody cares. most people will just get the WiFi version.

  • Griswold

    paano kaya kung bumili ako nito, then gusto ko nang ibenta? paano ko i-popost yung ad. For Sale: 2nd Hand New iPad? New iPad 2nd hand for sale.

    • JmBalicano

      This made me LOL 🙂

  • nadine

    hello po..pls help….pwed po ba magamit ang new ipad 4g dtu pinas???pahelp nman kc dba pag mag order may atnt and verizon carrier?if dtu sa pinas ba anu pipiliin??

    • JmBalicano

      Yup, wala dapat problema. The New iPad is supposed to have the widest baseband support of any mobile device out there. You can literally take it to any country, pop in a micro sim from a local network and it should work fine. Here’s a link so you can see it for yourself under NETWORKING sa pic: http://gizmodo.com/5891208/comparison-the-new-ipad-vs-other-leading-tablets

    • JmBalicano

      Oh, and yeah you can use the 4G version here, but 4G LTE (faster) isn’t as prevalent here yet, and 4G HSPA+ is limited to major metropolitan areas. It will work fine on HSPA and 3G though.