As previously rumored, the new iPad features a high definition Retina Display – which at 2,048 x 1,536 has four times the amount of pixels of its predecessor, the iPad 2. The result is a super clear, super fine, super crisp display.
But why is it a big deal? If you do the math the new iPads screen fits about 3 million pixels. Now compare that to most laptops and monitors in the market today. The MacBook Pro for example fits about a million pixels onto its 13.3-inch display – that’s a third the amount of pixels that fit onto the iPad’s 9.7-inch display. Simply put, the new iPad packs a whole lot of pixels onto its screen – and it ain’t Normal.
Compare The New iPad’s Screen To Other Tablets in The Market Today:
- New iPad: 9.7-inches – 2,048 x 1,536
- iPad 2: 9.7-inches – 1,024 x 768
- Blackberry PlayBook: 7.6-inches – 1,024 x 600
- Samsung Galxay Tab: 10.1-inches – 1,280 x 800
- Samsung Galaxy Note: 5.3-inches – 1,280 x 800
Aside from getting a better screen, the new iPad got a few other upgrades. A dual-core A5X chip with quad-core graphics replaces the dual-core A5 chip that came with the iPad 2 and a 5-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p video, comparable to the one built into the iPhone 4S and voice recognition.
Connectivity-wise the new iPad is the first iOS device with built-in LTE support. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution – which is the a new standard for high-speed wireless data, similar to 3G, HSDPA and HSPA+ before it. To benefit from the data speeds that LTE promises, one must rely on the local LTE infrastructure, which currently is not completely in place. Telecommunications company Smart is in the process of rolling out LTE sites in the Philippines, but most sites are in the Metro Manila area.