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Freedom Day made extra special with iPad 3 launch

By Imran Khan

We have waited long enough and now the day is finally upon us. Apple will launch their latest iPad, the iPad 3, on April 27 in South Africa. That’s right, on Freedom Day guys and girls. Clever move, seeing that it will be a public holiday and all. That being said, unless you have pre-ordered one, you’ll probably be joining me outside the Apple Store, waiting to get this latest technological marvel.

So what has Apple done to make something as cool as the iPad even better? The first improvement you will notice is the screen. Apple has designed a totally new screen called the “Retina Display”. It boasts razor sharp imaging and richer colour. The iPad 3 screen has four times more pixels than the iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV.

This translates to being one of the best displays on a mobile device today. Of course if you have a really good screen, there must be something driving it. That leads us to the new A5X chip. This processor, together with its quad core graphics chip, heighten the responsiveness and abilities of the iPad 3. Something as simple as swiping and scrolling will now seem extremely fast and life-like. This will put iPhoto, iMovie and all of your gaming on a totally new level.“iSight” is the new camera unit that will be fitted to the new iPad. It’s a 5 megapixel camera with a back light sensor. This new feature promises to bring you the best pictures in any lighting condition. There is also built in face detection – a bit spooky if you ask me.

Your iPad will automatically balance the focus and exposure to capture the subject’s face. With the camera you can also do HD recording in full 1080p. “Airplay”, a new feature in the iPad artillery is also available. This will allow you to beam all your captured images and video straight to you HDTV or speaker receiver.

The iPad 3 will come to South Africa in the regular variants, that being the Wi-Fi model and then your Wi-Fi+3G. The option of the Wi-Fi+4G model is also available, but this model would not be very useful in South Africa at the moment. Speaking of networks and connectivity, your new iPad will also be able to become your personal hotspot. “What?” I hear you saying.

If your iPad 3 is connected to the internet, you can share this connection with up to 5 devices via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB. From the reviews in the States, where it’s already been launched, the new iPad promises to be your ultimate 2012 gadget purchase. I can’t wait to get my paws on one.