New Apple iPad 3 : Price & Features

Mar - 10 - 2012
sanchit singh

Apple iPad 3, one of the highly coveted tablet this year so far finally set to release on 16th March. Every time Apple comes up with something special in their products and iPad 3 Wi-Fi is no exception. There is no GSM network support; no GPRS and EDGE support possibly the major drawback of the device. Otherwise, it is an appealing tab with cool features in it; Siri is there, a language command app from Apple. Wide 9.7 inches LED-backlit IPS Capacitive touch screen display, the same display that was earlier introduced with iPhone 4S.iPad 3 is driven by iOS 5.1 and is powered by dual core 1 GHZ Cortex A9 processor. Power VRSGX543 MP4 quad core graphics processing unit ensures better and clearer picture quality. Dual camera is other feature in iPad 3 Wi-Fi you must take in to consideration. Primary camera is a 5 MP one that comes with auto focus, face detection, smile detection features. Secondarycamera is useful for video calling over Wi-Fi network. Bluetooth and micro USB port there too.

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iPad 3 Features

  • Apple iOS v5.1
  • 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor and PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU
  • 9.7 inches LED-backlit IPS TFT Capacitive touch screen display
  • Scratch resistant Oleophobic coated display
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope sensor and digital compass
  • 16/32/64 GB storage variants
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP
  • Micro USB port
  • 5 MP primary camera with auto focus, touch focus, face detection etc
  • 1080p@30 fps HD video recording
  • VGA secondary camera
  • Integrated iMessaging messenger, IBooks PDF reader
  • iCloud service
  • Integrated Safari browser, Twitter app, Photo viewer and editor
  • TV-out port
  • Music, video player
  • No FM radio
  • NO Java support
  • No GPS navigation
  • Li-Po 42.5 Wh battery

Let’s now take a look at all the features in depth:

A6 Processor

The current Apple iPad 2 has a 900MHz dual-core ARM Cortext-A9 processor, Apple A5 chipset and PowerVr SGX543MP2 GPU. This certainly made the Apple iPad 2 a powerful tablet and a main competitor in the world of tablets. Now Apple is aiming to make the competition tougher by sporting an A6 Quad-core Processor in the iPad 3. This would make the iPad 3 as powerful as any high-end desktop.

According to Linley Group senior analyst Kevin Krewell, “We expect the A6 will be a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 design, which would be competitive with next year’s best mobile processors. In 2012, Nvidia will offer a quad-core Cortex-A9 processor, and Qualcomm will have the aforementioned MSM8960, a dual-core A15-class processor operating at 1.7GHz. Fabricating Apple’s A6 in 28nm (instead of the 40nm process Nvidia is using for its quad-core part) will reduce both die cost and power, yielding a much better product.”

iOS 5

The iPad 3 will come with the latest iOS 5, which will host the multi-touch gesture technology. However, analyst and tech enthusiasts predict that Apple would introduce OS X Lion for the tablet, since it will be powered by a quad-core processor.

This will also include multitasking features, such as notifications, task-finishing, app-switching, location and background sound.

3D Feature and New Retina Display

Apple enthusiast expected the Retina Display feature on Apple iPad 2; however, Apple has been working majorly for an improved version of it to include it in the iPad 3. The iPhone 4 currently supports the Retina Display with a screen resolution of 960 x 640. Apple explains Retina Display as: “Developing pixels a mere 78 micrometers wide, Apple engineers were able to pack four times the number of pixels into the same 3.5-inch (diagonal) screen found on earlier iPhone models. The resulting pixel density of iPhone 4 – 326 pixels per inch – makes text and graphics look smooth and continuous at any size.”

With the Retina Display feature, the screen resolution of the iPad3 will be 2048 x 1536 pixels. However, it is said that the third version of the tablet is delayed due to Retina Display issues, and Apple is expected to ship the tablet in early 2012.

There are speculations that the tablet will display the 3D view. Although it’s too early to expect features like 3D display, devices like the LG Optimus can record videos in 3D, and output the same through HDMI.

 Cloud Computing

Apple announced its Cloud services during the WWDC 2011, and will definitely include the iCloud technology both in the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. With iCloud users can store photos, apps, calendars and access songs on iTunes without having them to store in the phone’s memory.


The iPad 3 will come with an improved camera, since the previous version of the table didn’t seem impressive enough. Unlike the iPad 2, the new tablet will come with LED flash to support the camera. It is expected to have a 5MP camera with 1080p or 720p video recording quality of 60 frames per second. The technology made by OmniVision will help reduce the size of the table by 20 percent.

Fingerprint Proof

Apple has already been granted patents on this technology, and is working real hard to make the iPad3 fingerprint proof. The touch screen will be coated with oleophobic materials, which will reduce the oil and fingerprints on the screen.

iPad 3 Price :

The new iPad 3 prices are quite interesting. While the Wi-Fi variant retains the cost of the iPad 2, the 4G is going to cost quite a lot. Here’s the list:

The new iPad (WiFi):

  • 16 GB – $499
  • 32 GB – $599
  • 64 GB – $699

The new iPad (WiFi + 4G):

  • 16 GB – $629
  • 32 GB – $729
  • 64 GB – $829

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sanchit singh

Sanchit Singh is an IT Professional and blogger at BigPassage. You can connect with me on Facebook and Google+ at +Sanchit Singh. Go to page to know more about me.

One Response so far.

  1. sagar says:

    this is a quite good ipad.the 1ghz dual core processor is a good feature.Micro usb port is also agood feature.

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