Apple Launches Third Generation iPad

Apple has finally launched the third generation version of the iPad, though it is not named as iPad 3. After months of anticipation and speculation, the latest iteration of the iconic tablet does bring more new things to the table than its predecessor. To start with, it boasts of a quad-core processor and features the much-awaited Retina Displayfor a crisper, high definition viewing experience. It has a new 5 MP iSight camera capable of 1080p HD video capture and will come with Wi-Fi + 4G connectivity options, although LTE is not available in India at present. The 10-hour battery life of previous version has been retained, so has the screen size, and dimensions (except that it is 6 mm thicker).

The new 9.7" oleophobic display sports pixel dimensions of 2048x1536; higher than most computer monitors we use, and pixel density of 264 ppi for sharp images. The new A5X SoC (system-on-a-chip) consists of a dual-core CPU with faster processing power and quad-corePowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU for better graphics. While the rear camera has been spruced up with back light illumination, face detection, and image stabilisation; the front camera remains at VGA resolution. It comes with the new iOS 5.1 and iCloud service integration. Additionally, this new version will feature iLife, which comprises iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovieiWorkswith Pages, Keynote, and Numbers has also been included. The App Store offers over 2,00,000 native apps and over 5,85,000 apps in all, to make new tablet even more interesting.
The Wi-Fi versions of the new iPad are available at $499 (Rs 25,000) for the 16 GB, $599 (Rs 30,000) for the 32 GB, and $699 (Rs 35,000) for the 64 GB, while the Wi-Fi + 4G versions with similar capacities are priced at $629 (Rs 31,600), $729 (Rs 36,600), and $829 (Rs 41,600) respectively. Needless to say, the direct currency translation is never true for the pricing and you can expect the actual prices to be much higher when released in India. Although the new version is not yet available in our country, the iPad 2 has been made relatively affordable at Rs 24,500 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model and Rs 32,900 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

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