Apple Launching Quad Core Graphics A5X Powered iPad 3 With Retina Display

Subject: Mobile | March 7, 2012 - 04:10 PM |
Tagged: tablet, mobile, ipad 3, ipad, ios, apple

Apple officially launched the new Apple iPad 3 tablet today, and consumers will be glad to know that many of the rumors around the Internet are not far from the truth. The new iOS powered tablet will be packing a retina display, new A5X with "quad core graphics," and an optional 4G LTE radio. The retina display on the iPad 3 is 2048x1536 pixels, and works out to 264 PPI (pixels per inch).

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The iPad 3's hardware will further include an updated A5 SoC that also includes a quad core graphics aspect, whatever they mean by that. Phil Schiller states that the new A5X chip "has four times the performance of NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 chip." Apple has also updated the camera in the iPad 3 such that it has a 5 megapixel camera with image stabilization, hybrid IR (infrared) filter, and backside illuminated senor capable of recording 1080p video.

On the 4G LTE front, both AT&T and Verizon will carry the iPad 3 in the US, and the 4G radio will also work on Rogers, Bell, and Telus' networks in Canada. In other markets, the iPad 3 will still be able to connect to 3G networks. According to Ars, the new Apple tablet will maintain the same physical dimensions, and will enable 10 hours of battery life while on 3G or Wi-Fi and 9 hours of battery life when the 4G LTE radio is in use.

The iPad 3 will come in either black or white colors, and will be available for purchase March 16th in the US, Canada, UK, France, and Germany (among others), and March 23th for the rest of the world. The iPad 2 will also stay around at a lower price point of $399 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for 3G.

The iPad 3 will come in at the following price points:

Apple iPad 3 Model Price point (USD)
16 GB Wi-Fi $499
32 GB Wi-Fi $599
64 GB Wi-Fi $699
16 GB 4G LTE $629
32 GB 4G LTE $729
64 GB 4G LTE $829

Lastly, despite rumors, the iPad 3 will not be getting Siri access, and the physical home button is still present.  Pre-orders for the new tablet start today, and more information on the pre-order is available over at apple.com/ipad.  What do you guys think of the new tablet, will you be picking one up when it launches?

Source: Ars Technica
March 7, 2012 | 06:12 PM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

I definitely won't be picking up the latest Apple toy, but I'm glad to see they kept the price at $500 and that it's a quad core chip with a very nice display. Why am I so happy about this? Because it will force all of the Android tablet makers to lower prices and step up their game.:)

March 7, 2012 | 06:51 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

It's a dual core CPU with "Quad Core graphics"... as in the GPU has four of whatever they consider a core.

March 8, 2012 | 12:21 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Fully agree. This should either force android makers to reduce their price or get out

March 7, 2012 | 08:25 PM - Posted by pdjblum

If I had money to blow, the last thing I would blow on is an icrap tablet. I am saving my money for ivy bridge and kepler, real enthusiast's joy.

March 8, 2012 | 01:19 AM - Posted by Irishgamer01

Don't get the PAD thing, having to hold the damb thing while watching stuff is crazy. At least with a netbook you can put it down on a table......Fasion I guess

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