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New iPad announced
Apple has announced the new iPad to the world, featuring a raft of new tech over the previous version including a super high-res screen.
Read New iPad announced: Retina display confirmed for the full details.

 

Hands on: new iPad review
The new Apple iPad has finally arrived bringing with it a superlative retina display, quad-core graphics A5X processor and an improved camera. We’ve been playing with the new iPad and our Hands on: new iPad review has our thoughts.

 

New iPad release date revealed
The new iPad release date is 16 March, with pre-orders starting from today. New iPad prices are as follows: 32GB is $599 and 64GB for $699.
For more details and additional prices, read New iPad release date revealed

 

New iPad: everything you need to know
OK, we now have all the details of Apple’s new iPad which comes complete with the new iOS 5.1.
Read New iPad: everything you need to know for, well, everything you need to know.

 

New iPad: where can I get it?
The new iPad has been announced, and we’ve been in contact with all the UK networks to see who is stocking it.
Hit New iPad: where can I get it? if you’re itching to buy one.

 

Apple slates Samsung in new iPad keynote
Apple had a bit of a pop at Samsung at the launch of the new iPad with Tim Cook dissing the look of the apps on a Samsung Galaxy Tab when compared with apps on an iPad.
Read Apple slates Samsung in new iPad keynote to see what Cook said.

 

New iPad ‘better than Xbox 360 and PS3’
Whoah. The new iPad has a better screen resolution and more memory than both the Xbox 360 and the PS3? But those aren’t exactly new consoles, are they?
More: New iPad ‘better than Xbox 360 and PS3’

 

Garageband, iMovie and iPhoto land on new iPad
Garageband and other iLife for OS apps have been shown off at Apple’s new iPad event.
More: Garageband, iMovie and iPhoto land on new iPad

 

iPad 2 price gets slashed
Now that the new iPad has been announced, that scruffy old iPad 2 has seen a price drop. You’ll now be able to nab a 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad 2 for $399 in the US, which will comes out at £329 in the UK.
More: iPad 2 prices slashed

 

Hands On: New iPad Review:

The new Apple iPad has finally arrived bringing with it a superlative Retina Display, quad-core graphics A5X processor, better connectivity and an improved camera.

new apple ipad - home screen

Apple’s iPad 2 launched in March 2011 to a huge fanfare, bringing a whole host of improvements and a thinner, lighter form-factor, but not the heavily tipped HD ‘Retina’ screen that the iPhone 4 had brought.

This time around Apple has decided the time is ripe for a brighter, sharper screen with a much higher resolution, and the impact is clear to see.

That higher resolution is 2048×1536, less than the Retina screen on an iPhone, but designed to be held slightly further away, so Apple has plumped to keep the Retina name because you cannot, in its words, see the pixels at that distance.

new retina screen for the new ipad from apple

The actual real-life impact of the improved display is the standout feature of the new iPad; it’s crisper, sharper and a genuine and immediate pleasure to use because of this.

Just browsing through photos in the new iPhoto app is enough to leave the most hardened of screen nuts smiling.

It’s genuinely beautiful – and a huge step on from not only its now cut-price predecessor, but also many of its Android rivals.

TechRadar on the new ipad

The impact of a new screen even on everyday tasks like browsing is impressive. The resolution shift makes ebsites sharper and easier to read, and lessens the need to zoom in on text.

Even with the full TechRadar site on screen the words are clear, making the whole experience nicer

Words on the new ipad

Another major headline is the arrival of an A5X processor with quad-core GPU, making the iPad a hugely powerful device that is quite capable of dealing with hugely complex computational tasks.

Its predecessor was already perfectly capable of dealing with the vast majority of the everyday needs for a tablet user, but the injection of even more capacity could see a big spike in what applications can offer.

Expect even more from games on the platform, and a noticeable change in the speed with which the device performs its tasks.

Menu on the new ipad

We spent a little time with the dreadfully named, but beautifully visual, Sky Gamblers Air Supremacy. You can swoop through the air in stunning visuals and the processor is powerful enough to manage it with not even a hint of stutter.

Sky gamblers air supremacy on the new ipad

Apple suggested in the launch that people said they preferred gaming in an iPad – and while we are not going to suggest that we agree with this – the enhanced resolution means that this will not disappoint those used to the visuals on a PS3 or Xbox 360.

It is games like that this that best show the progression of the new iPad over the iPad 2 – the changes may have been predicted, but the overall impact on the device is genuinely impressive.

iPad third generation

With 1080p movies now available the screen also comes into its own in terms of media playback. The clips we saw of film Tintin were lovely although the resolution is obviously less than the screen is capable of.

Movies on the new ipad

There is the odd downside – the new iPad is thicker and heavier than its predecessor, although it’s not a huge difference in the hand.

We also can’t be too gushing about the transcription built into the device; in a noisy press room the device simply could not intepret our words so we’ll be aiming to give that a proper workout in a less difficult environment.

Our first impressions of the camera for photography and video were good – but again not in the best of environments to give it a proper test – something we will be doing as soon as possible.

new ipad

Conclusion

Although we’re keen to look at a few things more closely – the transcription, the dimensions and the fact that the unit we were losing was running pretty darn hot – this is a tablet that impressed us hugely on its first showing.

With a wealth of wonderful apps, a more powerful processor, far superior connectivity and a better camera, this is already a step up.

But it is that display that makes the new iPad stand out from the crowd. It’s a beautiful, welcome addition that takes this device back to the top of the tablet tree, and it is likely to bring a massive slice of business to an Apple store near you.

 

Twitter reaction tweets:

 

1. Apple’s really calling the new iPad just “iPad”? And still selling the iPad 2… That’s got to confuse customers.
2. Just remember Steve Jobs won’t be having an iPad 3. Life is short, enjoy every day.
3. Apple has crushed it with the iPad 3, I’d rather be selling ice cream at the north pole than be working on an Android tablet right now.

 

4. The iPad HD is going to revolutionize the way you play pointless games while pooping.
5. Is that a death star? bit.ly/zffmqC 

 

6. iPad 3 is far better than I expected… Quad graphics (‘2x improvement of Tegra 3’) 1mil more pixels than 1080p, 4G LTE, new camera system..
7. As a game artist, the new iPad both scares and excites me immensely. That resolution is astounding.
 
 
 
 
 
(Credit: TechRadar)
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