It´s here! The iPad 3 has arrived and we had a “hands-on” with it to give you some impressions… Note: Even though the new iPad doesn´t have an official name (It´s not the iPad HD as we thought at least), we are going to call it the iPad 3 for simplicity.
The first thing we wanted to check when we had the chance to play around with it was the size and the weight, which, given that the display is not in full retina resolution, we thought would be bigger and heavier that before. While the iPad 1 was 1,33cm thick, the iPad 2 reduced this to 0,88cm. The new iPad 3 is somewhere in the middle, with the WiFi model at 0,94cm and 651g vs. 601g at the iPad 2. So even thought the new iPad 3 is packed with a lot more technology and graphic power, the differences in user experience are marginal.
The display, as mentioned before, has doubled in resolution vs. the iPad 2 and now gives 2048×1536 pixels on the same screen size. What that means is that even if you are getting very close to the screen, you will not be able to make out any pixels. With the applications showed at the introduction (“Numbers”, “Keynote”, and some others) it also means that there is no visible “noise” when sharp edges are shown, which is especially noticeable when comparing the new iMovie application to the old one. Everything simply looks smoother, and thanks to four graphic chips under the hood it also behaves that way. Even when there are lot of graphics in play, there is no noticeable stuttering.
All old applications will still run on the display, however only specially designed application will make use of the full resolution. One person at the introduction however mentioned that this will be not be case for graphic programs like Photoshop, which will immediately make use of all pixels.
Below we tried to summarize all information currently available, and also as per requested before we are giving the european timings for the launch as far as they were announced.
Let the reviews fly in as soon as you had a chance to play with it!
|Product||iPad 1||iPad 2||iPad 3|
|680 (W-Lan) / 730 (3G)||601 Gramm (W-Lan) / 613 Gramm (3G)||652 Gramm (W-Lan) / 662 Gramm (3G)|
|Display||9,7 Zoll||9,7 Zoll||9,7 Zoll|
|Resolution||1024 × 768 px 132 PPI||1024 × 768 px 132 PPI||2048 x 1536 Pixeln bei 264 PPI|
|Thickness||ca. 1,3 cm||ca. 0,88 cm||ca. 0,94 cm|
|Battery-life||10 h||10 h||10 h|
|RAM||256 MB||512 MB||512 MB|
|Chip||1 GHz Apple A4||1 GHz Apple A5||Apple A5X|
|Storage||16 / 32 / 64 GB||16 / 32 / 64 GB||16 / 32 / 64 GB|
|European Introduction planned||10.5.2010 (D)||25.3.2011 (Europa)||16.3.2012 (D.)|
|Price 16 GB WiFi in Euro for Europe||499||479||479|