iPad 2 vs iPad 3: Apple has announced the newest iPad, third generation of iPad. Since the iPad 1 was released in 2010, people has guessed and called the latest iPad 2012 will be named “iPad 3”.
However Apple seem to called this iPad 3 as the third Generation of iPad.
Just like with other Apple’s products, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, consumers have been confused which generation they should get.
Should I get the iPad 1 or iPad 2, or even the third generation of iPad?
Just as with any new released products, there are obviously improvements over the older versions.
After reading this ipad 2 vs ipad 3 post, we hope that you can decide whether you will need the third generation of iPad or the old iPad 1 and iPad 2 are already good enough to fufill your tablet needs.
With the quick comparison to the previous iPad 1 or 2, Apple has improved many things, the new iPad 3 which is , the third generation iPad is simply better with Retina display, superior camera, and better features including the latest processor, and operating system version, which is iOS 5.1 Operating System.
The new specifications, and of course price, will be discussed further in this ipad 2 vs ipad 3 post.
iPad 2 vs iPad 3 Price and New Features
In terms of price, like with the previous generations, when the latest generation is released, there will be a slightly price drops with the older versions, and the newest product’s price will not be much more expensive, the 16GB Wifi iPad 3 version will be sold at around $499, while the iPad 2 with the same 16GB Wifi version will be sold at around $399 ($100 less).
2. 4G LTE Capable
The first noticeable function is this generation will be 4G LTE capable depends on the area where you live. It’s recommended to check your data provider first before getting the iPad 4G whether they are available and LTE compatible.
If you live in the US, the iPad 4G LTE will be available with Verizon Wireless and AT&T networks, however if you live in Europe, like UK, Germany, France, and Asia, like Japan, the 4G LTE feature will be different from one country to another.
3. Apple A5X dual-core Processor (Quad Core GPU)
Although most people guessed Apple will include Apple newest A6 processor, the third generation iPad will have Apple A5X dual-core Processor, while the iPad 2 has Apple A5 dual-core processor.
What does this mean to the iPad’s fan? Well, it always depends on what you want, if you just want a tablet that you can use to browse internet or check your email on the go, you won’t probably need the newest processor.
However if you also plan to get a better gaming experience and overall fast performance, then this new Apple’s A5X powered tablet is definitely faster than the older iPads with the older processors.
4. Retina Display
For a lot of tablet users, Display is the most important feature of their devices, what better way to view a clear photo with a beautiful crisp screen?
The iPad 3 has the same 9.7 inch display like the iPad 2, however the iPad 3 has a Retina Display with 2.048×1.536 px (pixels) resolution and 264ppi, which means the screen will have much more pixels than an HDTV.
5. Much better camera.
While the previous iPad 2 has 0.7MP camera, the new generation will feature 5MP rear-facing camera which is also called, iSight, and the FaceTime camera.
The new 5MP Autofocus iSight camera will enable users to record videos with 1080p at 30fps ability.
With these two built-in cameras, users can make live video chat or calls from one iPad to another, or even to an iPhone 4 and Mac users. With the front-facing camera, you can view yourself on the screen.
Apart of the new features which are mentioned above, the iPad 3 will still have same features like the iPad 2 for example the 9.7 inch screen size, 30-pin dock connector approximately 10 hours battery life, Wi-Fi connectivity as well as Digital Compass and built-in apps that are included.
With the iPad 3, Apple has upgraded the features and this third generation of iPad will likely enable the customers to get an updated model with newest hardware.
iPad 1 vs iPad 2 vs iPad 3 table comparison
|iPad 1 vs iPad 2 vs iPad 3|
|Price For the 16GB Model (Approx)||$289||$399||$499|
|Operating System||Apple iOS 3||Apple iOS 4||Apple iOS 5|
|CPU||1GHz Apple A4||Apple A5 dual-core ( PowerVR SGX 543MP2 GPU)||GPU Apple A5X Dual-core (Quad Core GPU)|
|Camera||x||0.7MP||5MP HD iSight Camera|
|Display||9.7 inches IPS capacitive screen||9.7 inches IPS capacitive screen||9.7 inches IPS capacitive screen|
|Thickness||13.4 mm||8.8 mm||9.4 mm|
|Weight||1.6 pounds||1.3 pounds||1.4 pounds|
The Apple iPad 3 is available to be pre-ordered from March 7th and will be shipped and available for sale on March 16 for users in Japan, Germany, UK, Australia, Hongkong, Singapore, Canada, Australia and the US. Any other countries will be able to purchase it starting on March 23rd – as predicted.