By now you may already know that the iPad 3 is out, but what you probably really want to know is how it’s different from the iPad 2. Is it really worth spending the money to buy an iPad 3 when you have a perfectly good (and still relatively new) iPad 2, or even iPad 3G or original iPad? Well, that depends on what you use your iPad for – for example, the dictation software is incredible, but that may not be that important to you. So, to learn the major differences, read on.
The major improvements, or upgrades, are in graphics and processor. The iPad 3 sports a spiffy new retina display, which will allow it to take full advantage of the fact that iCloud will now support movies – and not just any movies, but HD movies. The 2058×1536 retina display will make everything clearer – text, movies, games, you name it. And this all will work seamlessly with Apple TV as well, which is also supported by iCloud.
In addition, the iPad 3 has a new A5x processor inside, with quad-core graphics, making it faster, and better able to handle the beefed-up graphics.
Finally, of the major enhancements between the iPad 2 and iPad 3, are the higher-res (i.e. ‘better’) cameras, with enhancements such as a 5 megapixel sensor, a “5-element lens”, and automatic face detection and focus. It also offers full HD video recording.
Also, the cellular data has been beefed up to include 4G LTE, HSPA+ and DC HSDPA. What this means for you is that it should be faster regardless of on what carrier you use it, although of course that also depends on the speed of the network at any given location and point in time.
The iPad 3 has the same pricing as the iPad 2, is the same size, and comes in the same colors (black or white).
What this all adds up to is that the iPad 3 has better graphics, better cameras, and better processing power.
And, oh yes, the dictation software. As we mentioned at the to of the article, the dictation software is, in a word, incredible. It has easily doubled or even tripled our productivity; you just speak what you want typed, and it does it for you!
In fact this line that you are reading right now, yes, this one right here, was completely dictated on an iPad 3 on a moving train! Punctuation marks and all!