The new Apple iPad is here with features like Retina Display, a dual-core Apple A5x chip with quad-core graphics and 4G connectivity on Verizon or AT&T. Matt Mira and Kevin Pereira take a look at the Apple tablet that starts at $499.
What You Need To Know
This next generation iPad remains largely the same with a little more power and a lot more pixels.
The tablet weighs a little more and is slightly thicker, but holds almost exactly the same physical form as the iPad 2.
The speaker grill is still there and works a lot better on this one.
The Retina Display has a staggering resolution of 2048 x1536, which is the highest tablet resolution yet.
When you first power the new iPad on, you will notice how clearer the Apple logo is.
Icons are also noticeably sharper.
The colors seem a bit less saturated on the new screen than they do on the iPad 2.
The clarity is fantastic.
There's still no flash for the on board camera but they have bumped the quality to 5 megapixels.
The image sensor isn't the 8 megapixel sensor from the iPhone 4S but you do get a welcome upgrade.
Pictures looked substantially clearer than those taken with the iPad 2.
The video also looked much better.
Apple unveiled the A5x with quad-core graphics, but the CPU component was left largely unchanged from the iPad 2.
As a result, the performance was very similar.
Opening apps was often as fast as the iPad 2.
The screen is still the most responsive to input in the business.
The real change came with the graphics rendering.
There are so man more pixels on this that the GPU is doing much more work than it ever had to before.
The other thing that separates this iPad from its predecessors is the addition of Verizon and AT&T 4G LTE.
The version we tested was for Verizon, which as of right now is the only one to be HotSpot enabled.
Speeds averaged around 30 megs down, which again was phenomenal.
The graphics processor does get hot when using the iPad for a long time.