The reign of the iPad 2 is over, long live the iPad3! Or in fact, long live the iPad because the 3 isn’t really attached to this model – Apple decided to revert to the original model name instead. Despite the name change, customers are still calling this model the iPad 3 so we’ll continue that tradition in this article.

The iPad 3 – Clearer Images than Ever Before

The biggest and most noteworthy change for this model is the addition of the retina display. Weighing in with an impressive resolution of 2048 x 1536, the tablet now outperforms all but the most expensive high definition television sets. That’s very impressive for a hand-held computing device.

You’ll find that video and photographs come to life on the screen, with really sharp crisp images during rendering. In fact if you hold the tablet at arm’s length – you’ll find that you can’t make out any of the individual pixels at all. There’s no better screen on any device in the same price bracket and that’s a big deal for potential purchasers.

If you’re a big fan of magazines, then you’ll love how they’re rendered in print quality perfection on the retina display of the iPad 3 – though you might be shocked at the 2+GB downloads for print quality .pdfs.

In keeping with the image quality theme, the iPad 3 also comes with an improved camera – you’ll see people snapping away on the device everywhere now. The screen makes setting up the perfect shot much easier than using a traditional camera.

The iPad 3 – Other Improvements

The other improvements may not be as spectacularly obvious but you’ll be glad of them all the same. Firstly the processor’s been upgraded to an AX5 in order to handle multi-tasking in a more powerful manner. Then there’s the boost to the battery for the iPad 3, which is essential to deliver the same battery life as before whilst running the energy hungry retina display. Apple has also added support for speech dictation, and this marks the narrowing divide between tablets and mobile phones.