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New iPad / iPad 3: Everything You Need To Know

Ardjuna Seghers

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Apple iPad 3

The iPad 3, or 'new iPad' as it's officially called, is a stunner. Find out all the details, impressions, alternatives and opinions here.

- Read our full new iPad 3 review

- Check out our roundup of Retina Display-compatible new iPad games

- The new iPad went on sale today, so we caught up with those fans who were first to get their hands on the latest Apple tablet

New iPad / iPad 3 Screen

The new iPad features a stunning 9.7in Retina display with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Individual pixels are indistinguishable and everything is razor-sharp. The only disadvantage is that because of its square-ish aspect ratio you still get large black bars when watching movies or TV shows.

New iPad / iPad 3 Size

Apple’s iPad 3 is just a little thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, but otherwise dimensions remain identical.

New iPad / iPad 3 Specs

The new tablet sports a dual-core A5X processor with four GPU cores. It effortlessly pushes games at the screen’s incredible resolution.

New iPad / iPad 3 Camera

The front camera is a marginally improved VGA shooter but the rear camera is now a 5 megapixel model with autofocus that can shoot 1080p at 30fps. It’s called iSight. Only an LED flash is lacking.

New iPad / iPad 3 Connectivity

There’s still no SD card slot, HDMI video output or USB; the iPad 3 has the same 30-pin dock connector found on the iPad 2. In other words, every Android tablet out there offers easier connectivity. Of course, there are a boatload of peripherals for Apple's tablet.

New iPad / iPad 3 Software

The iPad 3 runs iOS 5 and all the standard apps have been rehashed, refreshed or completely overhauled to make the most of that lovely screen resolution.

New iPad / iPad 3 – Everything Else

Read our comprehensive new iPad 3 review for all the details and our initial verdict on the new iPad.

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New iPad / iPad 3 - UK Pre-order Now Live

New iPad / iPad 3 - Eight Problems

New iPad vs Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700

New iPad - Screen vs iPad 2 – in Apple’s Own Words

New iPad - “Does a Kindle”, Wills Confusion

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iPad 3 vs Kindle

Interested in what we predicted before the launch? Check it out:

- iPad 3: Rivals and Alternatives

- iPad 3: The Complete Launch Guide

- Is Apple Testing An 8in iPad?

- iPad 3 Accessories: Will my iPad 2 accessories work?

iPad 3

iPad 3

Originally reviewed by Ardjuna Seghers 21 March 2012

The Apple iPad 3 - or new iPad, as it's officially called - is an almost revolutionary improvement over its predecessor, with stunning Retina display. Thankfully there's also plenty of power under the hood to run apps and games at its insane 2,048 x 1,536 resolution, yet despite this Apple has maintained the iPad 2's excellent battery life and only increased weight marginally. The best news is that all this goodness starts at the same price as the iPad 2 when it launched.

Our Score:

8
Read full iPad 3 review

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