With Apple’s release of the third generation iPad in March, much of the curiosity that surrounded it for several months in advance was finally satisfied. In general it has a nicer screen, a faster processor, better cameras, 4G networking, and voice dictation. But people naturally want to know more information than that, so below are the facts about Apple’s third generation iPad in detail:
Like its predecessors the iPhone 4 and 4S, the new iPad has a Retina Display — a screen with a pixel density so high you can’t discern individual pixels at normal viewing distances. In the case of the iPad the Retina Display has a resolution of 2048-by-1536 pixels — over 3.1 million pixels in total –at the same 9.7 inch (diagonal) screen size as before, for a pixel density of 264 pixels per inch. The new iPad’s display also offers 44 percent better color saturation than the screen on the iPad 2.
Will Current Apps Still Work With the New Screen Resolution?
The answer is yes. Existing iPad apps will work just fine with the new screen, but those updated for Retina-display resolutions will look a lot better. In fact, Apple has updated almost every one of its own iPad apps for Retina Display: the iWork suite, GarageBand iMovie, Remote, and Find My Friends etc. Naturally, the new IPhoto app also supports Retina Displays.
If you have any iPad apps that haven’t been updated for the Retina Display you can still use them. They won’t be blurry, but they will be noticeably pixelated.
If you wonder which apps will benefit the most from the Retina Display, the answer is anything showing photos, video, or text will — once updated for the Retina display — exhibit the biggest improvements. .
Whether or not FaceTime benefits from the Retina Display depends on the type of camera the person is using. If it happens to be an HD camera, the new display will take full advantage of the higher-resolution video. Unfortunately, if they’re using a lower-resolution camera, the image will look just as bad as it really is.
If a website uses 72dpi images and graphics, you’ll notice right from the start, though text should still look good. Between the iPhone 4 and 4S and now the new iPad, many sites should start using higher-resolution graphics.
With the higher resolution, it can’t help but look better, but when it comes to reflections, it’s the same as the screen on the iPad 2. If you need to use the iPad in direct sunlight, an anti-glare screen cover might be in order.
Since the Retina Display does seem to be pretty wonderful, you might wonder if there are any downsides to it. There is one worth mentioning: As developers update their iPad apps for the Retina Display, those apps will increase in size –some will be just a little bigger, while others will be much bigger. Which all boils down to the fact that, a 16GB iPad will hold fewer apps than it did previously.
On the new iPad the front camera is still a FaceTime-quality camera with VGA resolution. However, the back camera has been upgraded and is much improved. The new iPad has a 5-megapixel (2592 by 1936 pixels) iSight camera, similar to the one in the iPhone 4. The new camera has greater sharpness, supports auto-exposure, auto-focus, auto-face-detection, auto-exposure lock auto-focus lock, and temporal noise reduction. It can also record 1080p video, and harnesses the iPad’s improved processing horsepower to give image stabilization.
The new iPad gets a boost in power thanks to a new, dual-core A5X processor, which has a quad-core graphics processing unit (GPU).
The iPad 2 had 10 hours of battery life for Wi-Fi surfing, movie watching, and listening to music, or 9 hours of 3G surfing. The new iPad claims to have the same exact amount of battery life.
Siri and Dictation
The iPhone 4S contained both Siri and dictation. The new iPad does not have Siri, but the dictation features are there. There’s a microphone button on its virtual keyboard. Press it to speak, and your words will be translated into written text. That simple.
To sum things up for you, Apple’s third generation iPad is distinguished by its stunningly sharp and bright high-resolution display, as well as the option for 4G. It does weigh a bit more than its predecessors, but the display and Apple’s solid app ecosystem more than make up for it.