Apple have never been one to slack when it comes to releasing new and updated products. Last year, the iPad 2 was on shelves a mere nine days after being announced, and this year’s new iPad unveiling has followed a similar trend. On 28 February 2012, Apple sent out media invitations which simply read***“We have something you really have to see. And touch.”***There were no prizes for guessing that the newest iPad was about to be unveiled, but it was the prospective new iPad spec that got people talking. Following this week’s unveiling in San Francisco, the new Apple iPad is here, and has a UK release date of 16th March, but does it live up to the hype?

iPad front - The New iPad Following the unveiling, the first real talking point was the name. This is not the iPad3, it will be marketed as The New iPad (3rd Generation). So other than the name being slightly more of a mouthful, what else is new? At first glance, it looks much the same.It’s the same size, colours, and at a slight 50g heaver, it’s virtually the same weight. But the real differences are inside. The iPad is, of course, a multimedia device, and the main changes are evident in the new graphics capabilities.

iPad retina - The New iPad
The New iPad comes with the Retina display, an ultra HD 2048 x 1536 screen which contains 3.1 million pixels, the most on any mobile device, ever. This is an impressive four times the resolution of the iPad2, and brings a new level of crystal clarity to all your gaming, browsing and general multimedia activities. The camera has also been improved, from the 720p rear-facing camera on the iPad 2, to a 1080p 5 megapixel rear-facing camera on The New iPad.

iPad camera - The New iPadAnother improvement you’ll notice to the graphics comes from the New iPad’s processor. Gone is the dual-core Apple A5, and in is the dual-core Apple A5X, featuring quad-core graphics. This continues the focus on graphic capabilities, so although the New iPad may not multitask any faster, it will look a great deal sharper. The improved camera and graphics capabilities can be enjoyed on iPhoto, a tool for editing, tagging and storing your photos, which is Apple’s new software launch to accompany the new iPad.

Following the same pricing structure as previous iPad releases, but featuring a wealth of new graphic capabilities, the New iPad is sure to be as much of a success as its predecessors, as Apple continue to dominate the tablet market.

Here’s a quick run down of the New iPad spec:

Display: 9.7 inches

Weight: Wi-Fi – 650g/Wi-Fi + 4G – 660g

Sizes available: 16GB/32GB/64GB

Battery Life: 10 hours

Resolution: 2048 x 1536

Camera: Front – VGA/Rear – 5mp

Processor: Dual-Core Apple A5X

Connectivity: Wi-Fi/HSPA+/3G/4G LTE

**Bluetooth: 4.0

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