Long the thing of mystery, Apple has official released the new iPad with the third-generation tablet available to buy from Apple stores and retailers now
Update: Apple new iPad 3 on sale now in 35 different countries
With Apple revealing earlier this week that it shifted a staggering 3 million new iPad tablets in the devices opening three days on sale, the new iPad was first launched in 10 nations with the UK and US leading a selection of countries that included Germany, France, Canada and Australia.
Bringing the number of new iPad 3 selling nations up to 35, today sees Apple’s latest iOS tablet offering made available for purchase in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
Opening its does at 8am to accommodate for the high demand, Apple launched the new iPad in the UK on March 16th allowing wannabe iPad owners to snap the third-generation tablet up ahead of the day’s rush.
The Cupertino based tech giant once again saw fans queuing throughout the week to be amongst the first to snap up the iPad 2 replacing device.
“We have been waiting since midnight on Tuesday,” said two of the first people in the queue for the new iPad on London’s Regents Street ,Craig Fox and Mike Roberts. “We are massive Apple fanboys and have to have the latest products as soon as they come out whatever it is,” 30-year-old Fox added.
Speaking on the improvements to the iPad for the latest model Roberts, who also queued for the first two Apple tablets said: “I think most people were looking forward to have Siri on an iPad but to be honest I don’t really care, I’m more just looking for the Retina display.”
He added: “It might be thicker and heavier but its not that much, you can’t notice it really and you get a better camera from it.”
Despite spending much of the week sat outside the Apple store in anticipation of the tablets release the pair had some qualms with the new iPad. “The thing that is bugging me about the new iPad is that it takes five and half hours to reach a full charge,” Fox said. “That is one thing that will really bug me but I suppose I will just have to get over it, I’m still going to use it.”
Officially unveiled by Apple CEO Tim Cook on March 7th, the new iPad is available for purchase from today, Friday March 16th, in a selection of countries with France, Germany, Switzerland, Australia Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore joining the US and UK in stocking the iPad 2 replacement on launch day.
“Every customer who buys a new iPad at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customise their iPad by setting up email, loading new apps from the App Store and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPad before they leave the store,” an Apple spokesperson said ahead of the launch.
Released just nine days after its first public appearance the iPad 2 replacement has followed the trend set by last year’s iPad 2 launch with the eagerly awaited new iPad UK release date taking place less than two weeks after its formal unveiling with the tablet landing with a Retina display and quad-core processor in tow.
Originally believed to be heading to the iPad 2 and by far the most rumoured spec inclusion for the company’s latest tablet offering, Apple has revealed the iPad 3 will land boasting an iPhone 4S esque Retina display with the 9.7-inch screen to boast an impressive 2048 x 1536p resolution and 264 pixels-per inch.
Further bolstering the tablet’s impressive array of new specs, Apple has revealed that the iPad 3 will land with an A5X dual-core processor with a quad-core GPU graphics chip. Improving the tablet’s camera options, the iPad 3 will play host to an iSight camera capable of Full HD 1080p video recording capabilities with video stabilisation and noise reduction features as standard.
Whilst not featuring the company’s iPhone 4S exclusive voice commanded personal assistant Siri has not made the jump to the iPad 3, the tablet will play host to voice dictation features allowing users to seamlessly transcribe letters at will. For US users the tablet will also play host to 4G LTE connectivity options. Check out our report on what this means for UK customers.
Fulfilling a flurry of rumours, the iPad 3 will land almost 1mm thicker than its predecessor lining up at 9.4mm thick and 1.4lbs (635g) in weight.
With the long awaited new Apple iPad 3 now a thing of reality following its official unveiling, Apple has revealed the tablet will follow the pricing structure of its predecessor with new iPad 3 prices to start from just £399.
Despite a number of pre-release rumours suggesting the inclusion of a 9.7-inch Retina display would see the market leading tablet follow-on land as much as £50 more expensive than its predecessor, Apple has officially revealed it will maintain the pricing plans set out by the formerly dominant iPad 2.
Kicking off with the 16GB Wi-Fi only model, those looking to snap up the third-generation iOS tablet will need to part with £399 with those requiring 32GB or 64GB of internal storage having to splurge £479 or £559 respectively.
On the Wi-Fi + 3G front, wannabe iPad 3 owners looking to access the web at will need to part with £499, £579 or £659 depending on their choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage options.