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Apple's New iPad: 5 Questions

Ian Paul | March 9, 2012
Apple dished out all the details on its third-generation iPad during the device’s unveiling but the next iPad also raised a number of interesting questions that have yet to be answered. We know that Apple's latest iPad features a brand new Retina Display with 2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch. The device is powered by a dual-core A5X chip, a 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p video capture, a FaceTime camera for video chat, optional LTE wireless broadband, and speech-to-text dictation.

Beginning of the end for the original iPad?

If you're going to have an improved display on your tablet, you'd better come out with a new app to show off how great that new display really is. Apple chose to show off the new iPad's Retina Display by coming out with iPhoto for iOS. The new app lets you enhance colors, add effects, and remove red eye. The downside of iPhoto is that it is only available for iPad 2 and up, signaling what will likely be a gradual descent into obsolescence for Apple's first iPad.

Chip debate

The new iPad has a brand new dual-core chip called the A5X able to produce what Apple describes as "quad-core graphics." But analysts are wondering what the A5X means for the next iPhone. There is some talk that the next iPhone will not get the A5X, but will instead sport a new quad-core chip. Since the first iPad came out with the A4 chip, Apple has introduced a new processor with the iPad and then rolled out the same chip in the iPhone. But that may not happen this time around. "I think that this new chip is probably just for the iPad," Linley Gwennap, founder and principal analyst for the Lynley Group told IDG News. We should find out what the next iPhone has in store for users later in 2012.

 

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