Apple's new iPad

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 March, 2012, 12:00am


If you're still waiting for the iPad 3, you're going to be waiting a long time: the next generation of the beloved Apple tablet doesn't come with a number.

It's simply the new iPad.

That really shouldn't come as a big surprise, though, since the new iPad looks exactly like its predecessor - except that it's thicker by a few millimetres.

What is different is its display and what's inside. With the new iPad, you get what Apple calls a Retina display, which features a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels - four times the resolution of the iPad 2's screen - and offers 44 per cent greater colour saturation in its 9.7-inch display area.

The fact that the new iPad now gives you more pixels than your high-definition television means that you shouldn't be able to see those little pixel dots, even when you are viewing black-and-white documents.

Apple has also endowed the new iPad with the A5X processor, which features four cores for handling the graphics.

More impressive, perhaps, is the fact that all the extra pixels and processing oomph won't take much more power, with Apple promising up to 10 hours of battery life.

You also get an improved camera, now upgraded to 5 megapixels and given a wide-aperture (f/2.4) lens.

At this point, only the Wi-fi model of the new iPad is available in Hong Kong, with the 4G model coming at a later date.

Prices start at HK$3,888.

Pros: Retina display for smooth graphics, quad-core processor

Cons: only Wi-fi available, no mobile network connections yet