Apple announced the third generation iPad earlier this morning, which will simply be known as ‘iPad’. The device will sport a 9.7-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2048 × 1536, and a pixel density of 264. The new iPad features a dual-core A5x processor and a quad-core graphics chip. The amount of RAM in the device, has yet to be confirmed.
The device will be available in the same 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage configurations. The new iPad has an improved 5MP rear ‘iSight’ camera that is capable of filming in 1080P HD. The device has the same design as the iPad 2, which was to be expected, though is .37″ thicker, presumably because of the LTE chip.
The device supports LTE 700MHz and 2100MHz, which means that the device is unfortunately not compatible with Telstra’s 4G network, which uses the LTE 1800MHz frequency. The device is also unlikely to be compatible with Optus’ 4G LTE network, when it launches. The 700MHz frequency is currently being used for analog TV in Australia, and is due to be auctioned off in 2013 – 2014. The 700MHz frequency is considered to be good for 4G LTE, as the lower frequency reaches further, and has better building penetration.
The new iPad starts at $539 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, and goes up to $899 for the WiFi + 4G model. The new devices are a little cheaper than the iPad 2 models were, just a couple of days ago. The 16GB iPad 2 will still be available in a Wi-Fi and a Wi-Fi + 3G configuration, at a reduced price of $429 and $569 respectively. Will you rush out and get the new iPad, or consider the iPad 2, at its new reduced price?