Apple has officially announced the successor to the iPad 2. Somewhat surprisingly, it’s just called the iPad — not the iPad 3 or iPad HD. Most of the rumored features ended up being true, but there were a few that didn’t make the cut. Most notably, the new iPad does not have Siri and it still has a physical home button. Here are the key points to remember.
“Retina Display” Screen: Never mind Apple’s completely bogus marketing term that has fooled people into believing that it’s a measurable standard. The 2,048 x 1,536 resolution is awesome!
A5X Processor: This quad-core beast is needed to push the high-resolution screen. Apple claims that it’s four times more powerful than the Nvidia Tegra 3. I don’t believe that for a second. I’m positive it will be a great chip that’s perfectly suited for the iPad and I’m also sure it will do some things better than the Tegra 3. Four times more powerful in general terms? I sincerely doubt that.
4G LTE: For Americans, the iPad will support AT&T’s and Verizon’s flavors of LTE. In Canada Rogers, Bell and Telus will all be supported. 4G is awesome; the upload and download speeds can be as good as a home connection, though the latency is not as good.
Five-Megapixel Camera: This is a huge improvement over the iPad 2’s crap camera. It uses a backside-illuminated sensor, similar to the outstanding camera on the iPhone 4S. The image stabilization feature is pretty slick too.
Availability: The iPad will be in stores on March 16, 2012 and will be available for pre-order today in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Most other countries will have the iPad on March 23.
Are you going pre-order an iPad or buy one on the first day of availability?