Numbers?! We don’t need no stinkin’ numbers! I imagine someone shouted that out during an iPad naming meeting with such passion that everyone just had to agree. And now, here we are with the arrival of the new, numberless iPad that may borrow the name of its grandfather, yet adds a few new things that make it a mostly worthwhile upgrade from the iPad 2.
First off: the screen. They (being Steven Hawking and all his super smart scientist friends) said it couldn’t be done, but somehow Apple managed to bring the Retina Display over from the iPhone 4 and 4S and improve upon the resolution and color saturation. It’s so clear and so bright that things viewed on it actually look better than they do in real life. There’s also a new A5X processor under the hood, which means Angry Birds should run smoother than it’s ever run before on this thing.
Perhaps more important to the vain person in all of us, though, is the addition of a new 5 megapixel iSight camera that’s capable of 1080p recording. And, even more important to those who hate waiting for anything, is the fact that the new iPad is capable of connecting to 4G networks like Verizon or AT&T. Sadly that brand new LTE radio is one of the causes for the iPad’s slightly increased weight. But on the bright side the battery is still set to last 10 hours like the previous version.
The new iPad is dropping March 16th and will retail from $499 for the 16GB wifi version up to $829 for the 64GB 4G version.
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