Apple’s new ipad 3
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.