Apple has announced the iPad successor, the iPad3 today in San Francisco, although the naming is slightly confusing with it only being referred to as ‘the new iPad’. As I reported two weeks ago, the iPad3 has the A5X processor rather than the rumoured A6 (leaving this for the iPad4?) giving a quad-core GPU, dual-core CPU. The rest of the specs are largely as expected.

iPad3 A5X processor

Retina Display

The iPad3 has the Retina Display, with 2048x1536px resolution.

iPad3 Retina Display

Cameras

The iPad3 has new rear 5MP camera with auto-exposure and auto-focus. It has a backside-illuminated sensor and can record 1080p stabilized video for greatly improved video quality. It essentially the same technical setup as the iPhone4S but with a 5MP sensor instead of an 8MP sensor.

LTE

LTE multi-channel support is built into the new iPad3 – this will mainly apply in the US for now, but there is backward compatibility for global 3G support, so here in the UK we’ll still be covered.

iOS5.1

Apple only briefly touched on iOS5.1 – it has support for Siri in Japan, and will be available ‘today’ sometime. the iPad3 will run iOS5.1 although Siri support isn’t present as rumoured, there is a new microphone on the keyboard allowing for dictation. Other 5.1 updates include an improved ‘swipe up’ gesture to access the camera from the unlock screen.

Size and Battery

As per the rumours, the iPad3 will be the same width and height as the iPad2, and will measure 9.4mm thick and weigh 1.4 pounds. This is slightly heavier and thicker than the iPad 2, which measures 8.8mm thick and 1.35 pounds and this is almost certainly to allow for a bigger battery to support the juice-sucking Retina Display and LGE radio.

Battery life is quoted at the same as the iPad2 – 10 hours, dropping to 9 hours if using 4G.

Additionally the iPad2 will still be available in 16GB only storage (no 8GB restriction here, thank goodness) but with optional 3G at $100 less making it $399 for WiFi only and $529 for WiFi + 3G.

Price

UK pricing is yet to be confirmed, but US pricing is the same as the iPad2, so $499 for the 16GB WiFi only model, and $529 for the 16GB WiFi+4G model. Add $100 to both prices for each step inn storage to 32GB and 64GB. It will be available in stores on March 16th and pre-orders start today, once the Apple Store is back online!

Images courtesy of The Verge