April 19, 2012 // By: Christiane Stagge // The Best Tablets for Business
Now that some weeks have passed since the new iPad’s official release, the verdict couldn’t be clearer: Apple fever has struck again, with its brand-new device having already registered over three million sales. Its most important innovation is its Retina display: Thanks to its outstanding resolution – 2048 x 1536 pixels – and a pixel density of 264 ppi, iPad 3’s 9.7-inch display offers even higher definition than full HD devices. Compared to the previous iPad generation, pictures and applications appear pin-sharp and even more defined. Under the hood, Apple has also taken the device to the next level by including 1GB of RAM. Its beating heart, meanwhile, is the A5X, a dual-core processor with four graphics cores.
Another important improvement on the previous generation is iPad 3’s 4G (LTE) module, which facilitates data transmissions of up to 73 megabits per second. Users living in Germany, however, will have to wait to take advantage of this blazing speed, as the module is only compatible with frequencies in the United States.
Along with its weight, iPad’s storage capacity has basically remained the same, with 16, 32, and 64GB versions available. If you were expecting the new iPad to come with the intelligent voice-control system Siri, however, you’ve had to deal with some disappointment. A small comfort: You can still enter texts and e-mails using the device’s dictation functionality.
In addition to five-megapixel pictures, iPad 3’s reverse-side camera offers efficient auto-focus control, face recognition, and geotagging features. A simple touch of the finger is enough to focus in on a subject.
Even if iPad still doesn’t support Adobe Flash, the device is able to open attachments in many formats, included Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.