Apple Announces iPad 3 with 4G and Retina Display

Apple Announces The New iPad 3

The new iPad is here, much to the delight of Apple’s dedicated fan-base. I couldn’t find a place that said what it’s specific name was, so I’m just going to call it the iPad 3 for now.

It comes equipped with a sharper “retina display” and 44% more color saturation, 4G LTE Internet capabilities, a faster A5X quad-core processor, 5-megapixel camera capable of 1080p video with image stabilization, and Siri; an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator first introduced in the iPhone 4S. Oh, and 10 hours of battery life, 9 for the 4G version. Wow.

The retina display consists of 2048 X 1536 pixels. That’s a staggering 3.1 million pixels! It qualifies as a “retina display” because it has a dpi (dots per inch; how many pixels that can fit in a square inch) of over 300- it has 326. The term retina display refers the fact that such a dense screen makes it so that pixels are indistinguishable from one another at about 10 to 12 inches eye distance. Apple first started using them in the iPhone 4.

Apple head Tim Cook said that the iPad is a “favorite for gamers,” and many are now actually preferring it over consoles. He also says the iPad 3 is 4X more powerful than the iPad 2. Jeez.

The new iPad will hit shelves March 16th, starting at $500 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $700 for 64GB. You’ll have to shell out an extra $130 for 4G, regardless of the memory you choose.

My take: People are actually preferring the iPad over consoles. Hm. What to think about this. I don’t think consoles are going anywhere soon, hell, they aren’t even in decline. I think Apple is tapping into a market that hasn’t been tapped before; there are a lot of people that like console games, but like the convenience of taking games anywhere even more. And on top of that, it’s easily accessible and has vast potential in it’s apps store. And iPads are universally fascinating. They make you realize how far technology has come in such a short amount of time.

It’s just too bad they are way far and beyond into the expensive side of things for an out-of-work bum like me. But if I had the money for one, you can bet that I’d be next in line at Amazon.