The new iPad

You may well have heard about Apple’s latest announcement – the new iPad. It was formerly unveiled in San Francisco last night by new Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, at 6.15pm GMT.

The iPad announcement brings the end to the traditional long series of rumours regarding the screen size, the screen quality, buttons (or no buttons), and a whole load more.

Running an A5X processor, the 3rd Generation iPad is running a dual-core processor with quad-core graphics. This leaves is slightly lagging behind some of its competitors when it comes to processor speed, although the retail price of £390 should keep it more than just highly competitive.

The whopping 2048 x 1536 resolution, retina display is by far the biggest unique selling point of the new iPad, making it the highest quality tablet screen on the market – it is much higher than the resolution to be defined as HD.

Also new to the iPad is a 5-megapixel camera which is almost the best around when it comes to tablets, although is beaten by that of the Asus Transformer Prime. It can record video in 1080p HD and has a unique stabilisation feature where a shaky hand won’t lead to shaky videos.

A great new feature on the iPad is the microphone, tying in with the Siri release on the iPhone 4S, which allows you to dictate rather than type – with a microphone button now taking its place on the iPad keyboard.

One thing that didn’t change as much as was expected is the size and shape, with an almost identical shape that is just slightly thicker (0.6mm) and also a little bit heavier. This makes room for the ever-so-slightly-larger new parts inside the new iPad.

Also announced on the night, prior to the new iPad, was a new Apple TV which keeps its price at $99.

As always, you can expect to find new iPad accessories including new iPad cases over at Gear Zap.