Apple unveiled a third-generation iPad 3, official name “the new iPad”, on Wednesday March 7 enhanced with features aimed at keeping it on top of the booming tablet computer market with added power, an optional 4G Internet connection, and a supersharp HD display, but keeping the overall look and feel of the previous model.

iPad 3

Features:

High-Resolution Retina Display

As expected, the new iPad features a screen with roughly twice the resolution of the iPad 2. The Retina display, as Apple calls it, first debuted in the iPhone 4 and quickly drew raves for its crisp, detailed images. The new iPad 2048×1536 display is billed as the best display ever on a mobile device able to show movies in full HD that also features a five-megapixel camera along with high-definition video recording.

More Powerful Processor

The new device also has an A5X processor with quad-core graphics. The added power will help keep the Retina display running smoothly.

Speedy 4G Internet Connection

Apple is offering a 4G connection through both AT&T and Verizon on its new iPad. It’s the first Apple device to feature the fast wireless technology.

Battery Life, Size, and Weight

The new device can run for 10 hours, said Apple Vice President Phil Schiller. It will last nine hours when on 4G. It weighs 1.4 pounds, and is 9.4 mm thick.

Pricing and Release Date

The new iPad is available in several models. A basic 16GB model costs $499. 32GB is $599 and 64GB is $699. Models with 4G connections cost $629, $729, and $829, respectively.

It’s available in the market from March 16.

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