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iPad 3rd Generation FAQ

Unofficial FAQ on Apple's new iPad (so called iPad 3) announced in 2012


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What is "Retina Display"? » Improve Q

"Retina Display" is a marketing term coined by Apple to describe the high resolution screen first debuted on iPhone 4, whose 3.5 inch screen was packed with 960x640 pixels, resulting in 326 pixels per inch (ppi) density. Their theory was that at that density pixels become so small that human eyes cannot spot the individual pixels even at very close distance. Although there has been report countering the theory, pixel density on iPhone 4's screen was in fact far denser than any competitors' on the market at the time of announcement. Many screen has since achieve similar density since iPhone 4 debuted in 2010.

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What's new with iPad 3rd Generation compare to iPad 2? » Improve Q
  • Retina display: 4 times the pixels at 2048 x 1536 (double on each axis).
  • FasterA5X processor with quad core graphics.
  • Improved 5 MP camera with backside illuminated sensor capable of 1080p video recording (up from 0.7 MP with 720p video recording).
  • Capable of connecting with LTE with supported carrier.
  • Personal Hot Spot internet sharing feature.
  • Slightly thicker at 9.6mm compare to 8.8mm.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 support.
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Is Siri available on the iPad 3rd Generation? » Improve Q
Not really. However, the voice dictation (inputting text using voice) is available. » Improve A
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When will the new iPad go on sale? » Improve Q

March 16th, 2012 for US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, and 100 more countries on March 23rd.

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Is it called iPad 3? » Improve Q

Despite it being the third iteration of the iPad, Apple is simply calling it "the new iPad" when announced. Apple is likely going forward with the same strategy of MacBooks, where a yearly refresh on the line up does not require a new name each time.

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Is it a quad core CPU? » Improve Q
The processor remains the same, only the graphic portion is quad core, to be able to process the retina display, thus essentially the speed experienced is similar to that of the last iPad, albeit at a much higher resolution. » Improve A
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