Apple unveils new iPad

Michael Josh Villanueva
Latest iPad features a clearer display, faster processor and support for high speed Internet.

MANILA, Philippines – It’s Official. The new iPad has arrived, and Apple is calling it, “resolutionary.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the device, Wednesday March 7 (March 8 Manila time) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco – the same venue where it launched the original iPad and the iPad 2. 

As previously rumored, the new iPad features a high definition Retina Display – which at 2,048 x 1,536 has four times the amount of pixels of its predecessor, the iPad 2. The result is a super clear, super fine, super crisp display. 

But why is it a big deal? If you do the math the new iPads screen fits about 3 million pixels. Now compare that to most laptops and monitors in the market today. The MacBook Pro for example fits about a million pixels onto its 13.3-inch display – that’s a third the amount of pixels that fit onto the iPad’s 9.7-inch display. Simply put, the new iPad packs a whole lot of pixels onto its screen – and it ain’t normal.

Compare the new iPad’s screen to other tablets in the market today:

  • new iPad: 9.7-inches – 2,048 x 1,536
  • iPad 2: 9.7-inches – 1,024 x 768
  • Blackberry PlayBook: 7.6-inches – 1,024 x 600
  • Samsung Galxay Tab: 10.1-inches – 1,280 x 800
  • Samsung Galaxy Note: 5.3-inches – 1,280 x 800 

Aside from getting a better screen, the new iPad got a few other upgrades. A dual-core A5X chip with quad-core graphics replaces the dual-core A5 chip that came with the iPad 2 and a 5-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p video, comparable to the one built into the iPhone 4S and voice recognition. 

Connectivity-wise the new iPad is the first iOS device with built-in LTE support. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution – which is the a new standard for high-speed wireless data, similar to 3G, HSDPA and HSPA+ before it.  To benefit from the data speeds that LTE promises,  one must rely on the local LTE infrastructure, which currently is not completely in place. Telecommunications company Smart is in the process of rolling out LTE sites in the Philippines, but most sites are in the Metro Manila area. 

The new iPad goes on sale in the US, Canada, UK, Japan, France, Germany and Switzerland on March 16. Pricing is as follows:

  • 16GB WiFi – $499
  • 32GB WiFi – $599
  • 64GB WiFI – $699 
  • 16GB WiFi + 4G – $629
  • 32GB WiFi + 4G – $729
  • 64GB WiFi + 4G – $829


Apple will continue to sell the iPad 2. Price is $399 for 16GB/Wi-Fi model.

Compared to the iPad 2, new iPad is thicker at 9.4mm (vs. 8.8mm) and heavier at 1.4lbs (vs. 1.33lbs)

Like its predecessor the new iPad is available in Black and White. There has been no word on when it will be available in the Philippines. 

It appears this is just the first of a series of announcements from Apple in 2012, Cook closed the event saying, “2012: There’s a lot to look forward to. We are just getting started.” –

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