Obviously it isn’t available in South Africa yet, but when it does get here iPad 3 purchasers will be treated to an all new and apparently dazzling Retina display that gives off the highest resolution display ever seen on a mobile device. This screen is so good, it has 3.1 million pixels, a million more than your average HDTV has. They’re really going long on making the iPad 3 a movie watching device it appears.
Other specs include Apple’s new quad-core A5X processor chip (not the A6 that everyone was talking about) and a 5MP iSight camera with advanced optics and 1080p HD video recording.
There’ll be both Wi-Fi and GSM connectivity options available as with the iPad 2.
A new version of the iOS software is also available with a bunch of new enhancements including a redesigned Camera app with video stabilisation technology; the ability to delete photos from Photo Stream and support for dictation in English, French, German and Japanese. Personal Hotspot is also in.
Obviously with Apple’s beating of the iCloud drum, the new iOS has a set of free cloud services including iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud. When content changes on one of your devices, your other devices are updated automatically. This sort of uploading and downloading is also set to put the new A5X chip through its paces.
No news yet on when it’s coming to SA, but expect the next few months to be chock-full of trendies and hipsters boasting about how their cousin is bringing them one back from the US or how their mate Darren had one a month before it was launched. Mostly these sorts of people are from or hang out in Cape Town, so avoid the 021 area code for the next few months at least.
Wi-Fi + 4G: 16 GB ($629), 32 GB ($729), 64 GB ($829)
Wi-Fi iPad: 16 GB ($499), 32 GB ($599), 64 GB ($699)