8. March 2012–
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you'll know that the Apple launched the latest instalment of its iPad yesterday. We've watched the live launch stream, trawled the blogs and digested the tech specs to bring you the Apple iPad 3 cheat sheet – here's the 10 things you need to know about the iPad 3...
1 RETINA DISPLAY – it's sharper than your HDTV
This is the most audacious improvement in our eyes (and anyone with eyes' eyes) – the iPad's screen has been updated to Retina display. Which, in Apple terms, means 2048 x 1536 pixels. Your HDTV 1920 x 1080. Viewing maps, watching movies and playing games will never be the same again.
2 BEEFED-UP SPECS – it's fast too
The graphics processor has been souped-up to quad-core, which is understandable given the new pixel-count it'll have to handle. The iPad's processor is now upgraded to an A5X, which is also A Good Thing.
3 VOICE DICTATION – no Siri, no problem
No Siri on the iPad 3, which makes sense, as you won't be using it as your primary mobile device, but voice dictation is a neat addition to convert words to text when you don't want to rely on the touchscreen keyboard for long emails.
4 IMPROVED CAMERA – much-needed tweaks
Never a strong-point on the iPad, the camera has been given a housekeeping update to 5MP, an illuminated sensor, IR filter, auto-exposure and autofocus.
5 HD VIDEO CAPTURE – ready for your close-up?
The new iPad 3 will also include the ability to record in 1080p, perfect for showing off the super-sharp new screen.
6 IPHOTO UPDATE – mmm, swipey
Apple's iPhoto app has landed on the iPad 3 and it brings gesture control and multi-touch editing, as well as the ability to easily share images with your iPad-toting mates.
7 4G LTE NETWORK – super-fast browsing
The great news is that Germany will enjoy a 4G iPad 3, meaning super-fast browsing speeds, which will complement the new screen perfectly
8 BATTERY LIFE – "not worse"
Despite beefed-up processor and display, Apple claims that the new iPad 3 will have the same battery life as its predecessor. Which should be in the region of 10 hours if you're lucky.
9 IT'S A BIT THICKER – an expanding waistline
Going against the trend of thinning down of new versions, the iPad 3 has grown to 9.4mm thick – compared to the iPad 2's 8.8mm. But all that new HD processing has to go somewhere.
10 PRICE AND DATE – pre-order now
The iPad 3 Germany is available to pre-oder now, with deliveries expected on 16 March. Click here for a full rundown on prices and 4G coverage...
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