The new iPad announced, coming March 16th [Update]

As promised, Apple has announced a new version of its best selling tablet, the iPad. As reported by Engadget, the tablet has much of what was rumored beforehand to be included in terms of hardware. That includes a Retina touch screen display that supports 3.1 million pixels and a resolution of 2048x1536.

The new iPad also has, as expected, a A5X processor and a quad-core graphics chip which Apple CEO claims is four times as powerful as NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor. It also supports the faster LTE wireless networks from Verizon and AT&T. It can also serve as a wireless hotspot. Apple claims that even with LTE running, battery life on the tablet is expected to be nine hours. Users can also check out a five megapixel rear facing camera.

Pricing begins at $499 for the 16 GB WiFi only version with $599 for the 32 GB version and $699 for the 64 GB port. The WiFi/3G/4G pricing starts at $629 for the 16 GB version, $729 for the 32 GB version and $829 for the 64 GB port. Pre-orders are scheduled to start today and it will officially launch on March 16th.

Update 1 - Apple has announced that the 16 GB iPad 2 will continue to be made and it will get a $100 price cut, meaning you can now get a WiFi only 16 GB iPad 2 for $399 and a WiFi/3G version for $529.

Update 2 - In an unusual move, the official name for the third generation iPad has been revealed to be ... The new iPad. Nope, not the iPad 3 and not iPad HD. Weird.

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Win4Ever said,

Works perfectly for me on both 32 bits and 64 bits IE 9 on Win 7
And works on Chrome and Firefox as well.
Maybe you guys need to install Quicktime.

Weird - have tried on 2 PC's, both have Quicktime, broken on both.

wotsit said,

Weird - have tried on 2 PC's, both have Quicktime, broken on both.

Based on the times you did it at, I suspect high traffic. I couldn't place my orders until about 2 hours ago.

No flash for new iPad 3 camera.
Anyone else a little disappointed? I mean 5mp is great, but to take advantage of that I would think an led flash would compliment it nicely.

Seriously...this has got to be this world's greatest gSheep thread of idiot comments I have seen yet on this board. If you don't like it...don't buy it.

As expected, nothing revolutionary, and for the most part appearing to play catch-up.

Having said that, the hardware platform is definitely desirable. I find it funny how they tout 'color saturation' as a feature. Will be interesting to see a comparison between the new screen and a SAMOLED Plus screen.

In any case, what annoys me, is that the Australian Apple online store is touting the new iPad as Wifi + 4G, claiming it has 'blazing fast wireless speeds'. To me, this is borderline misleading advertising as there is no Australian 4G/LTE telecom network that their '4G' chip can access. Telstra's LTE network is on a different frequency band.

So ironically it looks like Apple loyalists will have to wait at least another year before accessing 4G networks locally.

Not iPad 3 becasue they don't want to get caught up in the versioning anymore... the platform has offically matured. It is now like the Mac Book, and Mac Book Air etc...

I'm confused... does anyone have the full specs on the GPU inside the new iPad. What do they mean by 4 Core GPU... how many GPU cores does each of these cores have? Throwing around the word core gets confusing. NVidia states in the Tegra 3 specs that it has 12 cores... we know that to be the GPU Cuda based cores. The emphasis on 4 GPU cores makes me think that they need a way to draw attention away from them not having the 4 CPU cores that Tegra 3 has... Nevertheless, I can imagine the need of more GPU power in any case, to run that gorgeous display... I would like to still see more spec on the iPad GPU before I just take their work for it. Guy, any links? I have seen the Apple spec… too simple just stating 4 GPU cores… that means nothing if you don't know what they mean by “cores.”

Quad-core GPU and a new proceesor for New Ipad....

Does that mean the new Ipad is much more powerful than my core2duo laptop?

another hardware tweak. great, you guys talk as if the whole industry is moving towards VGA days, but apple is going HD.

adding up more pixels and cores make apple great.

So now people are going to hold their iPads closer than one foot from their face? (Because that's about the distance required to actually be able to see the increased pixel density.) Such a waste of processing power, battery life, data bandwidth (because of increased UI resolution of apps). What were they thinking?

floopydoodle said,
So now people are going to hold their iPads closer than one foot from their face? (Because that's about the distance required to actually be able to see the increased pixel density.) Such a waste of processing power, battery life, data bandwidth (because of increased UI resolution of apps). What were they thinking?

Have you seen the difference between an iPhone with a retina display and an iPhone without? The retina display makes a BIG difference to the experience, it is crisper, cleaner and you cant see the pixels on the retina display. I suggest you go look once the latest iPad is in the stores and you will then get a better idea about why the better display is so important. If you can have a better display (plus the other improvements) for the same price why would you not?

Moving forward the retina display will be a big differentiator between the iPad and the other tablets. It will be something that ordinary people can see and experience for themselves, unlike the number of cores or RAM.

Very poor name choice IMO. So when the next one is out and people ask which model iPad you have, will you still be saying "The New iPad" even though it is not ?

este said,
Very poor name choice IMO. So when the next one is out and people ask which model iPad you have, will you still be saying "The New iPad" even though it is not ?

You think? It is an iPad, right now iPad is one of the hotest brand names in tech, the latest iPad made headline news across the world when it was released, you really think there will be confusion?

You know what is confusing, the 73 editions (SKU's) of Windows 8 that will be available.

How long will it be before Apple users, especially iPad users get fed up with Apple releasing products that really aren't that worth waiting for? I use an iPad from time to time, and can generally say that nothing here appeals to me as a MASSIVE selling point.

Saying that, Apple seem to have a way of drawing consumers in and existing iPad 2 users into spending more money on an under-par item ... fair play to them!

I love my iPad, I use it multiple times every day and life would not be so good without it. I stood in line for iPad 1, got an iPad 2 and pretty soon I will upgrade to the latest iPad. Soon after getting my first iPad I sold my lap top and I have never regretted it once. The iPad does everything my lap top did only better, easier, quicker. If I need a full computer then I have my iMac. I expect for many many people (most probably people who don't read internet tech forums like NeoWin) they will easily find the value in the iPad over a lap top like I have.

I am really looking forward to the latest iPad with the better screen and if you have used the iPhone 4/4S you will know the big difference that the retina display gives you.

Apple are drawing in customers with devices that people find valuable and useful.... millions and millions of iPad users can attest to this.

Moving forward the retina display will be a big differentiator between the latest iPad and the other tablets. It will be something that ordinary people can see and experience for themselves, unlike the number of cores or RAM.

Edited by derekaw, Mar 8 2012, 7:23pm :

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