Numerical order? Who needs it? Sure to confuse the masses again (the next iPhone is iPhone 6 you guys,) Apple has announced a third iteration of their tablet as the new iPad. I'm sure iPad 3 will stick around though, just as iTouch has (it's iPod Touch.) But that's neither here nor there - let's talk features.
For the most part, there are only 3 big changes: a better camera, a better display, and 4G service. The iPad 2 cameras left a lot to be desired, but the new iPad has a 5 megapixel camera on the back side. It'll even record 1080p video. AT&T and Verizon will offer faster 4G LTE service, compared to 3G on the previous models.
The new retina display is the biggest wow factor. It has a higher resolution than than HD TV (2048x1536, compared to 1920x1080.) They've fit four pixels into the size of one, making the display extremely sharp and clear. This will provide better viewing for movies, photos and gaming. New apps, including iPhoto, were introduced, as well as voice dictation built-in.
Other than that, most things stayed the same. Same shape/design, same storage capacities (16, 32, 64GB,) same pricing structure (starts at $499,) and same battery life (10 hours.)
The nicer screen is sure to be inciting for creatives, but as a user who recently got an iPad 2, I'm not rushing to upgrade. The iPad 2 is still being sold in 16GB for $100 less. The new iPad will be available later this month; pre-orders can be placed now on Apple's website.
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