Ap­ple’s new ipad 3

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With a host of im­prove­ments – faster graph­ics, 4G wire­less op­tions, a bet­ter cam­era, and a gor­geous high-res screen – the lat­est ipad 3 is re­garded as the head of the tablet pack. The ipad 3 in­tro­duces LTE (Long Term Evo­lu­tion) net­work sup­port if the user buys a WIFI+LTE ver­sion of the de­vice. LTE is ca­pa­ble of fast up­load/down­load speeds; Ap­ple ad­ver­tises a the­o­ret­i­cal max­i­mum speed of 72Mbps downloads.

Ap­ple’s new ipad in­cludes a stun­ning new screen, matched by a quad­core graphic pro­ces­sor and the world’s largest app and me­dia store to feed its con­tent. There is a proper 5-megapixel rear cam­era now, with 1080p record­ing qual­ity. Op­tional 4G data from AT&T and Ver­i­zon af­ford a unique mo­bile ex­pe­ri­ence for the users.

In ipad 3, Ap­ple has dou­bled the screen res­o­lu­tion to 2,048x1,536 pix­els, which is claimed to be in­com­pat­i­ble with the screens of any other lap­top, desk­top com­puter or even a 1080p TV.

Be­yond the im­proved screen there are a num­ber of other up­grades. For in­stance, the ipad’s pro­ces­sor has been up­graded to A5X. The ‘X’ is there to sig­nify that the graph­ics pro­ces­sor has been beefed up to quad-core, due to which games and graph­ics per­form flu­idly.

Ap­ple has also in­cluded its Siri dig­i­tal as­sis­tant. Siri’s voice-to-text dic­ta­tion ca­pa­bil­ity has made the ipad 3 handy for com­pos­ing quick e-mails and by­pass­ing the touch-screen key­board when search­ing for in­for­ma­tion on­line.

The ipad3 comes with an up­dated rear cam­era, which the com­pany calls its isight cam­era. It is a huge im­prove­ment with an up­dated shooter of 5 megapix­els over the ipad 2’s 0.7-megapixel shooter. Fur­ther, the ipad’s screen makes a bet­ter dis­play than any cam­era, smart­phone or photo frame.

There are a num­ber of iphone’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties avail­able on ipad 3, in­clud­ing Ap­ple-de­signed apps for Web brows­ing, e-mail, maps, pho­tos, mu­sic, video, and Youtube. More apps can be in­stalled us­ing the built-in App Store soft­ware or by con­nect­ing the ipad to itunes.

The new ipad comes with IOS 5.1. Re­cently added fea­tures such as imes­sage, News­stand, No­ti­fi­ca­tions, and Twit­ter in­te­gra­tion are all in­cluded, along with sup­port for Ap­ple’s free icloud on­line backup ser­vice.

In terms of browser fea­tures, the ipad’s Sa­fari browser matches the best com­pet­ing tablets. In terms of the sub­jec­tive Web-brows­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Ap­ple’s Retina Dis­play gives the text on the new ipad a ra­zor-sharp clar­ity, en­abling a print-like qual­ity that is eas­ier on the eyes than what any lap­top or tablet of­fers.

Also, ipad 3 with 4G is the added ca­pa­bil­ity of as­sisted GPS (A-GPS), al­low­ing users to ac­cu­rately pin­point their lo­ca­tions on a map and take ad­van­tage of nav­i­ga­tion and lo­ca­tion-aware apps.

As far as e-book con­tent goes, ev­ery ma­jor e-book re­tailer (and quite a few spe­cial­ized stores) of­fers an ipad 3 app, in­clud­ing Barnes & No­ble, Ama­zon, Kobo, Google Books, Stanza, and Ap­ple’s own ibooks.

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