Apple has updated various specifications during the transition from iPad 2 to the new iPad. These changes include both hardware and software aspects of the device. So for a person considering purchasing the new iPad, it would be important to know the technical specs of the new iPad and what to expect.
To start with, the new iPad has support for the 4G LTE network unlike iPad 2 which is certainly good. As for the size and weight of the device, while the physical dimensions of the new iPad are similar to iPad 2, the weight of the new iPad is noticeably greater than the previous version. Increase in weight would certainly be an inconvenience for many people but this is something that can be compromised. Good news about display is that the display of the new iPad would contain a considerably higher resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels along with a pixel density of 264 ppi. The operating system for the new iPad has also been updated to iOS 5.1.
There is also a considerable improvement in the camera of the device. The new iPad comes with an improved 5 mega pixel rare end camera which is equipped with features such as auto-focus, touch focus, geo-tagging, HDR, as well as face detection. This camera can also record videos in 1080p format at the rate of 30 frames per second. In addition, there is also a 0.3 mega pixel front facing camera.
Overall internet data speeds are quite improved in the new iPad. Having support for 4G, the new iPad uses HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE and EVDO Rev.A. The web connection on the new iPad is also considerably faster than iPad 2. As for the price of the new iPad, the WiFi only version costs $499 for 16 GB model, $599 for 32 GB model and $699 for the 64 GB model. As for the version equipped with 4G connectivity, it would cost $629 for 16 GB model, $729 for 32 GB model and $829 for the 64 GB model.
While there are some downsides to the new iPad such as increased weight, same processor, no micro SD card support, and the same battery power, overall the advantages and enhancements of the new iPad pretty much compensate for the negative points. However, with the decreased price of iPad 2, it is still a perfect alternative to the new iPad, particularly if you are not much interested in the cutting edge technology.