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Mar 8, 2012

iPad 3 on Sale Now

The iPad3 was indeed announced yesterday by Apple. For a bunch of posts on features and stuff check out:
The Verge
CNET Hands on with iPad 3

Here are the highlights as I see them.
  • New Retina display. Twice the resolution of before.
  • 2 core cpu, 4 core GPU. Should improve the performance, which was already good on the 2.
  • Support for 4G LTE networks from Verizon and AT&T. No contract required. Pay as you go.
  • The base Wifi model is the same price, $499.
  • Built in support  for your iPad as a Wifi HotSpot. No need for separate device like a MiFi. Checked with Apple sales and the hotspot feature is available on both Verizon and AT&T.
I find that last feature really exciting. My iPhone works as a hotspot, but it has a much smaller battery. With an iPad as a hotspot, you are talking some serious amount of wireless time. Plus, it supports the much faster 4G networks. And if 4G isn't available, it automatically will use 3G if that is available and so on.

Another important note, the iPad 2 is still available at a reduced price of $399. That is a great deal for that device.

Last I checked if you order from the Apple Store, your iPad should arrive on March 16 when the device is available in the Apple Stores. So if you want one, order quick.
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