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Here is our Apple iPad 3 review with features, specifications and prices
The time has finally come and now the iPad 3- officially called the “new iPad”- is available but good luck finding one in your local stores if you didn’t preorder it. As usual, the newest model of the iPad is a hot ticket item and authorized stores have limited supplies that are selling out quickly.
If you’re still making the decision of whether or not to purchase one for yourself, here are some specs, features and a generalized review of the new iPad to help you form your own decision. Although the new iPad comes with a whole slew of new features and an outstanding operating system to boot, it is not as complex as you may think. It has actually been designed to be the easiest of them all to use and operate.
Let’s take a look at what it’s going to cost you and what you will get if you decide to spring for the new iPad (iPad 3).
New iPad 3 Prices
One of the first questions on the minds of many is what will it cost. Especially in this economy today, people want to know how much they’re going to have to pay for the next and latest gadget or gizmo. Many diehard Apple fans have already pre-ordered the new iPad but either way, the pricing is the same. Another good thing about the iPad is that there are different prices available to choose from so you can get the best one for your budget. Just be sure you look at and understand what you’re getting for the price so there are no surprises later if you discover your iPad doesn’t do what you thought it did.
Both black & white models will be available, as usual:
New iPad with Wi-Fi Prices
New iPad with 4G LTE Prices
Officially, the new iPad is called “iPad” and referred to as the “3rd generation” model, but many people are still calling it the iPad 3. Who knows really why Apple decided to change the name for this version but it doesn’t really matter what you call it; it’s awesome.
After the official release statements, we learned that much of what was anticipated in the new iPad, Apple delivered on. They don’t like to disappoint customers and they are a company built on making things look good as well as work well.
So let’s take a look at what you get when you order your new iPad and also at the features and specs that you will find with this device. You want to know just what you’re getting before you get ready to shell out all that cash, right?
What Comes in the Box?
iPad 3 Features and Specs
Here is what we know about the next iPad:
iPad 3 News and Questions Answered
Since the new iPad is out and the information of its release was announced on March 7th, there have been a lot of questions and also a lot of news floating around. Here are some highlights:
Design and Look: It looks just like the iPad 2. We mean, it’s identical except for an extra 0.6mm thickness (up to 9.4mm) and around 50g of weight (650g for Wi-Fi only, 662g for the 4G model). Basically, it’s slightly thicker. Not so much so that it’s going to make a big difference and your own iPad 2 cases might fit but don’t count on it 100%.
Retina Display and Resolution: The iPad 2 was beautiful but if you looked really closely, you could still see jagged edges. The new iPad is stunningly beautiful with the Retina display and a higher resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 that will give you eye-popping perfection every time.
What is the difference between iPad with Wi-Fi and iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G?
“iPad with Wi-Fi is ideal if you have a wireless high-speed Internet router in your home, or if you’ll be using your iPad near a wireless hotspot — in a coffee shop or school library, for example.
iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G includes Wi-Fi connectivity as well as 4G connectivity. 4G uses cellular signals — the same signals your cell phone uses — to connect to the Internet. Choose an iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G if you’ll be spending time in places without Wi-Fi hotspots, such as outdoors or on your morning commute. You can choose an iPad that is configured to work with either AT&T or Verizon — not both. So while you don’t have to activate 4G service right away, you should choose your iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G according to the carrier you prefer.”
More FAQs from Apple
There are some commonly asked questions that
Can I use iPad when traveling internationally?
Many Wi-Fi networks internationally can be used free of charge, and some require a fee. To join a Wi-Fi network at a hotspot where charges apply, in most cases you can open Safari to see a web page that allows you to sign up for service.
iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G is designed with next-generation wireless technology that offers the most comprehensive support for fast data networks all over the world — up to 4G LTE. That means you can get online almost anywhere in the world — whether you’re on AT&T or Verizon. You can even pop in a local SIM card to get a connection when you’re traveling.
For iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G, always contact your current carrier before you travel to another country.
Does the iPad include a warranty?
iPad comes with 90 days of complimentary telephone technical support. In addition, your iPad, its rechargeable battery, and all included accessories are covered against defects for a full year from the purchase date by a limited hardware warranty.
Can I extend the iPad warranty?
AppleCare+ for iPad extends your coverage to two years from the original purchase date of your iPad and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $49 service fee. With AppleCare+ for iPad, Apple experts can help troubleshoot issues over the phone or at an Apple Retail Store. They’ll answer questions about iOS, Apple iPad apps such as Mail, iMessage, and Calendar, and help you solve interconnectivity issues between your iPad and Mac or PC. And if your iPad needs service under the plan, Apple technical support representatives can even set up a repair during the same call. AppleCare+ for iPad is just $99.2
Can I return my iPad if I change my mind?
If you are not fully satisfied with your iPad purchase, you can return your undamaged iPad within 14 days of purchase for a full refund. Learn more about Apple Retail Store purchase policies.
So will you be purchasing the new iPad or are you going to opt for an iPad 2 now that the price has come down with the release of the new iPad? Either way you go, it’s a winning choice.
As with any highly anticipated gadget, many rumors concerning the iPad 3 have begun to surface with the release date of this gadget closing in. The rumored release date is set for some time in March 2012 and everyone is hoping that one is true. Some of the rumors floating around are a little hard to believe while others just make us want the product more.
Here are some of the most circulated rumors going around about the iPad 3:
All of the rumors going around make the anticipation of this device even more exciting. Hopefully, it won’t be long before we find out for sure what the iPad 3 looks like, especially if the rumor about it releasing in March is true.
With the release of the new iPad 3 expected to happen in the next couple of weeks on March 7, 2012, leaked photos have started popping up. There are three of them, to be exact. These photos revealed some of the wanted features that fans of this greatly anticipated device have been hoping for. They give us a hint of what to expect in the design of the new iPad without telling us for sure. Here are what the three leaked photos showed.
A5X Dual-Core Processor
One of the leaked photos hints at what type of processor the device will have. This photo was on a Chinese website and it was a picture of an open device that exposed a dual-core A5X processor. This hints to the consumer that this is the processor used in the new iPad. In one way, this is good news because it is a step up from the A5 dual-core processor used in the second-generation iPad.
However, it’s not the A6 quad-core processor that many iPad fans were hoping for. For this reason, many people may be a little disappointed right now. Still, it’s important to remember that these are just photos that suggest the alleged features the new iPad 3 will have. You should also take into account that what you see in a photo can sometimes be a little deceiving, especially when you’re dealing with Apple.
There’s a possibility that this was just a substitute prototype created by Apple and it may not be the one they used. Apple’s well known for making several prototypes before deciding which one of them would be the best to use when all the specifications are final. There’s no way to know for sure until the device goes on sale, unless Apple offers up this information before then.
High-resolution 9.7-inch display
Another leaked photo on this Chinese blog shows a glimpse of what some think is the iPad 3 display being packaged and prepared to ship. This one indicates that this device might have the much-anticipated high-resolution 9.7-inch retina display.
However, it also shows a duel LED display so this makes it difficult to say for sure which display is being used. It’s reported that Samsung’s manufacturer, Radiant Opto-Electronics is the supplier which may be another clue.
8-Megapixed Rear Camera and Battery
A side-by-side view in which the iPad 3 was compared to the first and second-generation iPads was the first photo to surface on a Chinese blog. In the photo you can see that there is a big difference in the perimeter of the “rear-facing” camera. This leaves us to believe that Apple was making room for the 8-megapixel camera.
The photo also showed that the new design looks very much like the design of the iPad 2 except that it has a beveled edge. Viewers speculate that the beveled edge was needed to make room for a larger battery, which seems to confirm one of the rumors that has been floating around as of late.
If this is true, users can expect to have even longer battery life than what the iPad 2 provides. This means that the battery life of the iPad 3 can provide more than 10 hours of use. There’s going to be a lot of happy consumers out there in a couple weeks if that assumption ends up being true.
In the meantime, we’ll continue to wait for the day when the iPad 3 is released so we can see find out first hand exactly what features it has.
We need a child’s version of the iPad 3. Just think of how convenient it would be if Apple created one in the near future. Children are introduced to technology at an early age. There are times when parents need a distraction to stop the child from crying in a doctor’s office or they may be bored on a long trip and the device makes them happy for a while. There are also many educational tools and apps that you can find for the iPad.
The problem is, once a child has experienced the wonderful world of technology, they want more. IPads are expensive and kids have a way of pushing the wrong button, deleting apps that you want to keep and then there are the sticky fingerprints they always seem to leave behind.
You also run the risk of having the device damaged when the child drops it, scratches the screen or when they decide to sling it across the room for no apparent reason. If they had an iPad designed just for kids, it could save a lot of headaches and fusses for everyone.
Why Creating a Child’s Version of the iPad 3 is a Good Idea
Let’s face it, everyone may say that they won’t let their young child play with their expensive electronic gadgets, but in the end, it usually happens for one reason or another. Kids are drawn to these electronics. Maybe it’s because they see mom and dad playing with them so much or maybe it’s sheer curiosity but they are greatly attracted to them and a lot of crying goes along with telling them no.
So, why not invent a child’s version of the iPad 3? If they had their own, all of this stress and aggravation could be turned into a learning experience. After all, there are all types of apps designed just for kids. These include educational apps, children’s books, games, Nursery Rhymes and more. They could learn to say their ABC’s, count to 10 or learn about the different animals from their iPad while you peaceful enjoy using yours. In short, it would be an excellent learning tool.
Kids learn fast and this introduces them to this form of technology at an early age. Before long, iPads may be the main way that college students and even high school students view textbooks. This would give them a head start into the world of technology while keeping them happy in the process.
Features the Child’s Version of the iPad 3 Should and Should Not Have
A child’s version would certainly have different features than the adult version. For starters, it should be a scaled down version. It wouldn’t need all the features that the adult iPad 3 has such as maps, calendar, contacts, emails, messaging and reminders to name a few. Young children don’t have an interest in these things. Eliminating some of the features kids don’t need could also bring the price down considerably.
Getting rid of the things a child couldn’t use, leaves room to add features they could benefit from. The child’s version of the iPad 3 should have lockout features so kids can’t delete apps and other features that are needed. This would also prevent them from going into the “Settings” screen and other functions they don’t need to access.
The keyboard could be a little larger to make it more compatible with little fingers. They could also make it easier to access the features kids do use like the camera, photos, YouTube and apps designed especially for kids. A kid-friendly app store would be a nice touch, too.
It should be made more durable, shock resistant and it should have a non-scratch screen or at least a good cover to protect it. Creating a child’s version of the iPad 3 is just plain smart and something that we will probably see one day in the near future.
Word has it that Apple plans to use its iBooks store Apps to help revolutionize the textbook industry. This is exciting news for college students who’ve been dreaming of the day when they no longer have to carry heavy, outdated textbooks around campus.
Apple plans to make an announcement in New Your City on Thursday that may bring the textbook industry into the digital world. They have been waiting for this revolution for a long time and it’s exciting to think that it may finally happen.
This wouldn’t be the first time that the publishing industry has tried to digitize textbooks and other educational material but it may be the first time the attempt became a huge success. The other attempts didn’t go over too well because college students need flexibility and eReaders like Kindle had too many limitations. These are good for other types of literature but they don’t work so well for college students.
With all the technology available, it seems like the textbook industry has been left behind in the times. College students still pay amazing high fees for textbooks that are old and worn. If Apple has succeeded in making it possible to access textbooks using the iBooks Apps, this will change the textbook industry forever. They will finally be a part of modern technology. It will also open up new doors for all types of literature.
How College Students Will Benefit
Having the option of using the iPad 3 textbook apps would bring many benefits for college students. It would make things so much more convenient for them. If the iPad 3 textbook apps became a reality, students could exchange these heavy books for a modern, lightweight iPad.
Textbooks offered by iBooks would give students an interesting and fun way to learn. They’ll no longer need to use books that have been passed around year after year. Instead, they will have their own, private book with interactive images and 3D graphics. Simply sliding a finger along the thumbnail images with allow students to flip through the pages and one tap will allow them to find the definition of any word.
On top of convenience, it would also save students money and give them the ability to buy directly from textbook publishers using the iBooks app. They would no longer have to pay high prices for old textbooks they wouldn’t be using to begin with if they had an alternative.
What Will the Future Hold for College Students?
If Apple makes this possible, thousands of college students will be making the switch as soon as possible but there will be many who still use the physical copies. It will take time before it becomes the main way for college students to work but it will definitely be a step in the right direction. Eventually, you may see Apple’s iPad in every college. Physical textbooks could grow to be a strange sight.
Apple may also be planning to combine the textbooks with material offered by iTunes U and Apple’s education portal. These provide the materials that allow universities and schools to use Apple’s free software to distribute audiobooks, lesson plans and films for labs. This would increase the usage and make this technology even more convenient.
If Apple makes iPad 3 textbook apps available for students and it truly gives them the flexibility they need, it will most likely be the best decision Apple has made in a long time. It will greatly raise sells as the number of students using them increases, which is good news for iBooks stores. It’s something that will benefit Apple, the textbook industry and college students.
The new Apple TV is expected to be available on the market in April or May this year and it’s sure to be a big hit. Consumers are very familiar with Apple technology with computers, iPhones and iPads being among the most popular items sold on the market today. Knowing that this company goes all out to make the most incredible and advanced devices around, consumers are curious as to what features this new TV will have.
Creating a TV that stands out in this advanced technical age is a huge step for the company and it’s one that they are taking their time doing. They want to ensure they get it right the first time. Consumers don’t mind upgrading a computer or replacing their cell phone and other devices every year or so but a TV is not something that most people are willing to replace very often. Therefore, we can expect Apple’s TV to have everything it needs to keep you happy for many years to come along with some amazing features that will capture the attention of every consumer.
The design of the new Apple TV will most likely be very thin and sleek, just like their other devices. Sources suggest that the largest size will top out at 42-inches with smaller sizes available. If this information is true, it will be the largest OLED based HDTV available for consumers. The OLED panels will surely make this TV stand out from all the rest, even though it is not the largest television sold on the market today. These panels are said to have the brightest and most amazing picture you’ve ever seen.
Operating System and Special Features
The new Apple TV will be integrated with other devices that use the iOS operating system but it is unknown at this time if the TV will have its own version of this system. However, it will have the Siri style voice controls, which is thought to be better than what is used in the iPhone 4S. Apple knows that not every consumer will be ready to take advantage of the voice control option. For this reason, you can also use an iOS device as a remote.
The new Apple TV will have facial recognition software. This software will include the power-saving sleep mode, which puts the TV to sleep when there is no activity in the room. This is a great energy saving feature that can be very beneficial especially if you have kids that leave the room to go play and forget to turn the set off before they go.
When someone walks back into the room with the TV and the facial recognition recognizes them, it will wake up and turn back on. It will also have an iOS app that determines which person the TV will give control to when there are two people in the room recognized by the facial software.
Apple is one of the leading companies when it comes to electronic devices with the iPad and iPhones being two of their best designs. With this type of track record, it’s should be safe to say that the new Apple TV will be a big seller, too.
At this time, there is no official release date to report. However, it is rumored that the iPad 3 will release during the first week of March 2012. If this rumor is true, the wait will soon be over and Apple fans will have the newest addition to the iPad collection at their fingertips. In the meantime, here are a few things you can expect from the iPad 3 when it is released to the public.
What to Expect from the iPad 3
You probably know the iPad 3 is in high demand but do you know what to expect from it? For starters, you know you can expect the same great technology that current versions already offer. You can also expect some new features that will make this model the best one yet.
It would also be safe to say that you can expect the iPad 3 to be lighter and thinner with a sleek design. Rumor has it that this version of the iPad will be about 20 percent lighter due to the new battery design, which is expected to last longer and come with a higher price tag.
The iPad 3 is expected to have wireless charging technology that allows you to transfer data and even charge the battery. If all of these expectations are delivered, there will be a lot of very happy Apple fans rushing out to buy one when this device does hit the market.
Features You Can Expect to See
The iPad 3 will have a lot of the updated features that Apple fans have been asking for including the Retina Display. Currently, only the iPhone 4 and 4s have Retina Displays. The iPad 3 is expected to have a 2048 x 1536 pixels screen, which is very impressive for the tablet family. This is basically an HD display that shows clearer text and pictures due to the increased pixels.
The iPad 3 will be as powerful as a good quality desktop with all of the new technology it will feature. It’s expected to have A6 quad-core processors, iOS 5 technology and Cloud services. All of this will make the tablet irresistibly powerful. There will also be multitasking technology so that you may work on as many projects or games at once as you want.
The camera will have an LED flash and up to 1080p video recording at 60 FPS. This is a big upgrade from the current camera in the iPad 2. The screen is even supposed to have fingerprint proof coating, which would really be awesome.
To sum it all up, the iPad 3 will be lighter, faster, more powerful and carry new features that will make Apple fans everywhere stand in long lines to get their hands on one.
The new Apple iPad 3 has many consumers who are anxiously awaiting its arrival, watching the news waiting to learn more about the device. Consumers want to know what features it will have, when it will go on sale and any other information they can find. Fans are dying for any piece of news or update about the new iPad 3.
Recently, new information surfaced as The Wall Street Journal reported, “Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc. will sell a version of the coming iPad that runs on their newest fourth-generation wireless networks, according to people familiar with the matter”. They went on to say “Apple Inc. appears to be planning to announce the latest version of its tablet computer in the first week of March, according to another person briefed on the matter.”
This is exciting news for consumers who can’t wait to get their hands on this device. They’re wait may soon be over and on top of that, you may be able to get 4G connectivity if you use either Verizon Wireless or AT&T service. That’s great news! Now the question is will other services like Sprint and T Mobile carry the device, too? That’s something we’ll have to wait to find out.
Added Features the iPad 3 May Have
There are a few more rumors going around about the device, too. For example, the new iPad may be equipped with a quad-core chip and a high-resolution Retina Display. These improvements, if rumors are true, can turn this already anticipated device into one of the hottest items to hit the market in 2012.
According to PCWorld.com, since the iPad 2 went on sale in March of 2011, Apple has sold more than 43 million devices. That’s an amazing number of iPads! If the next version has all of the added features it’s expected to have, there is a good chance Apple will exceed that number in 2012.
What Took Apple So Long?
Now, if you’re like a lot of people you may be wondering, what took Apple so long to add the 4G technology to their system if this information is true? After all, Android rivals have already used this technology in their devices. What were they waiting on? It’s believed it has a lot to do with the battery life of the device. Apparently, having 4G requires so much more energy to run that it cuts back on the battery life dramatically.
If that’s the case, then you have to wonder if Apple found a way to solve this problem. If not, what kind of battery life will consumers get with the new iPad? One of the great things about this device is the ability to take it with you and use it anywhere, even in areas where there is no access to a power source.
Having this mobility and convenience is one of the main things that made this devices so popular in the first place. The Apple iPad can normally run up to 10 hours on battery power before you have to recharge. If making the leap to 4G is going to cut down on the life of the battery, is this something consumers are going to be happy with? Would you be happy with less battery life if it means having 4G technology?
Many believe that the Apple iPad would be an excellent device for students to use in place of the laptop. But is it really a good replacement? Does the iPad live up to its expectations? Can they benefit students as much or more than the traditional laptop? All of these questions and more can be answered when you take a close look at the Apple iPad. Here are some of the positive and negative aspects associated with iPads and students.
The iPad versus the Laptop
You can do just about anything on the iPad that you can do on a laptop. You can connect to the Internet, do research, play games, watch videos and send or receive emails. The 9.7-inch touch-screen with color display is easy to use and it’s perfect for the classroom. You won’t be disturbing other classmates by making that clicking sound you hear when someone is typing on a keyboard. The touch-screen is completely quiet.
It has a 4:3 ratio display, which is great for reading, unlike the 16:9 ratio that is better for watching videos and movies. Storage includes the 16, 32 and the 64GB, which is fairly limited. Students wouldn’t be able to store a lot in their iPad or they would soon run out of space. However, each new version of the iPad comes with more storage to help with this problem. You can also use external memory devices.
The iPad has one feature that you won’t find on a computer – the “book-reading function”. This is what makes the iPad perfect for students and the one thing that has gotten the attention of many schools. Instead of carrying textbooks, students could carry around their small, lightweight iPad.
Features the iPad Does Not Have Compared to the Laptop
There are a few features on the laptop that you won’t find on the iPad. For example, the iPad does not have any multi-tasking features. This could slow things down a bit for students and in this fast-paced world that could be a problem. The iPad does not have any USB ports, SD card slot, HMDI or Flash. In a way, this makes them pretty boring for students.
There is no physical keyboard to use on the iPad. Instead, you type using the touch screen. While some students will no doubt catch on quick and not have a problem with this, it could be difficult for others to keep up in class if they were required to take notes or do a short essay.
Some people will call this a benefit while others consider it a big flaw but the Apple iPads do not have a webcam or a camera.
The iPad is lightweight and easy to carry around. This is one of its best features. It only weighs about one and a half pounds and it’s about half-an-inch thick. It will fit easily into a backpack, large purse or book bag. The battery life of the Apple iPad is around 10 hours. You don’t have to worry about the battery giving out half way through your day. Students won’t be wandering around searching for places to plug it up and this is a huge convenience.
Health Issues and Cost
If the iPad replaced books in the schools it would take care of a couple of major health issues. Students would not have to lug heavy backpacks around all day and this will help cut out many of the back problems students deal with. In addition, it will help to improve their posture.
This brings us to the issue of affordable. Is the iPad really affordable? This depends on who you ask. Some parents would have a problem paying an average of $500 for an iPad while others may be able to splurge on the more expensive ones.
These are all great reasons to incorporate the iPad into schools. When you look at all of the benefits it offers, it seems like the perfect device. It can make students lives much easier while still providing them with the tools needed to do well in school.
If you have an older iPad around your house that’s not getting much use or if you are planning on upgrading when a new version is released, now is an excellent time to consider the benefits to upgrading and trading in your iPad. A trade-in can save you a lot of money and help you get the iPad you want.
When you learn more about how and why you can trade-in your unused iPad, you will be able to make the right decision about if this is for you. Here are some facts to know about trading in an iPad.
Trade in When You Upgrade
If you’ve been thinking about upgrading or getting rid of your old iPad, one problem might have been that you paid so much for it to begin with and you don’t want to lose out on your investment. Maybe you’re thinking about whether or not you can sell it but the market is saturated already and no one seems interested in giving you very much money for your used iPad. You may have started to feel like you have a very expensive paper weight on your hands but the good news is, there might be another option.
You might consider an iPad trade-in instead as a way to help recoup some of the costs of your broken, old or outdated iPad. While you could try to sell your old iPad on eBay or Craigslist or even at a pawn shop, you’re probably not going to get very much for it. And you might have to pay auction fees and expenses as well as shipping.
Get 50% Of the Cost Back
iPad trade-ins are often done at 50% of the original price of the iPad. That’s a pretty good deal when you look at the other options. You’re also freeing up resources that you are not using and you’re allowing someone else the opportunity to get an iPad, perhaps someone who cannot afford a brand new model. There are just many benefits to choosing this as an option rather than just throwing it away or letting it sit there and collect dust.
There are some other reasons why someone might consider a trade-in on their iPad. With new models coming out, there are some companies who will buy your old iPad for money towards the newer version. This can be a real benefit if you are looking to trade up anyway. The old ones can be used for parts or other purposes and you get the new one that you want, without paying the full price tag for it.
Trade in Damaged iPads or Missing Parts
Keep in mind that if your iPad is damaged or has missing parts, you can expect to pay less for it than if it is in full working order. However, a trade in will probably still give you more money for it than any other options you have for a broken device. It also prevents it going to the landfill so it’s an environmentally friendly choice.
Learn how to choose between the different types of iPads- the WiFi version and the WiFi plus 3G version.
Read about why we need a child’s version of the iPad 3 and what features it should and should not have.
If you have an older iPad around your house that’s not getting much use or if you are planning on upgrading when a new version is released, now is an excellent time to consider the benefits to upgrading and trading in your iPad. A trade-in can save you a lot of money and help you [...]
If you have an older iPad around your house that’s not getting much use or if you are planning on upgrading when a new version is released, now is an excellent time to consider the benefits to upgrading and trading in your iPad. A trade-in can save you a lot of money and help you [...]
When is the expected release date for the iPad 3 and what features will it have? Read on for more details.