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March 15, 2012 - Dave Hecei
As Apple outlets prepare for the massive launch of their latest iPad, comprehensive reviews are starting to be posted online from the major tech web sites. It’s obvious that some have had the new iPad since the Apple announcement last week. It’s also obvious that those who had the privilege of receiving advance review models are now allowed to publish their findings. After all, it is the day before the launch.

For the most part, the new iPad is not that much different than the iPad 2. It’s pretty much the same size, shape, and weight. Okay, it is 1mm thicker and 0.1 lbs heavier. Other than that, a new iPad sitting next to an iPad 2 look identical. That is until you turn it on.

Once you turn on a new iPad there is no comparison. What makes the new iPad revolutionary is the new display. Apple calls it a Retina display, which debuted in the iPhone 4. The iPad 2 can display 1024-by-768 pixels on its 9.7-inch display. The new iPad shows 2048-by-1536-pixel on its 9.7-inch display. This works out to be 264 pixels per inch (ppi). This also works out to be 4-times the pixels compared to the iPad 2.

To drive all these extra pixels, the new iPad has a faster processor. Apple calls this new chip the A5X. Inside this chip is a dual-core CPU, much like the iPad 2’s A5 processor. The ‘X’ must be for the better graphics power. The A5X has a quad-core GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). Initial tests point to about 1.5 to 2-times faster graphics performance compared to the iPad 2. Compared to the original iPad, the new iPad is about 12-times faster in graphics performance.

If you have an iPad 2, trading up to a new iPad is hard to justify. If you really want the latest-and-greatest then sure, go ahead. The good news is that you might get about 50% of what you paid for your iPad 2 if you wanted to sell it. That can knock the price of a new iPad down a bit. If you have an original iPad, then the new iPad will be an incredible upgrade. You will get a much faster tablet, higher resolution screen, and something that was missing in the original iPad, cameras.

If you’ve never owned an iPad, then I congratulate you for waiting. The new iPad is the pinnacle in tablet design. It’s sleek, fast, and has the highest resolution screen of any tablet or laptop. With the latest batch of Apps out there, from Apple and others, the new iPad is no mere consumption device. It is a truly a creativity tool that allows you to shoot, edit, design, write, dictate, etc. For many, the new iPad can actually be the only computer they need.


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