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Apple has officially unveiled its third-generation tablet device bringing an end to months of rumour and speculation in outing the Apple iPad 3 release.
The latest in a line of market dominating iOS powered tablet devices, the iPad 3 has been officially revealed as a direct 9.7-inch replacement to the hugely successful iPad 2 with the new must have device to hit stores in a matter of days.
Stating that "Apple has its feet firmly planted in the post-PC future," Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the iPad 3 describing the company’s tablets as devices that are “reinventing portable computing and outstripping the wildest of predictions.”
Apple iPad 3 Specs
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 quad-core processor. 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.
Apple iPad 3 UK Release Date
Following the trend set by last year’s iPad 2 launch and living up to a number of rumours, Apple has revealed that the eagerly awaited iPad 3 UK release date will take place in just nine days time with the next-gen tablet to hit stores in the UK on Friday March 16th.
With iPad 3 pre-orders opening via the official Apple online store now, the third-generation tablet will touch down the same day the Cupertino based company officially opens new retail stores in Houston, Texas and London’s iconic department store Harrods.
Apple iPad 3 Price
Once again following the benchmark put into place by the iPad 2, Apple has confirmed the iPad 3 price information with the latest tablet release to land with identical pricing structures to its predecessor.
Kicking off with the 16GB Wi-Fi only model the iPad 3 will land at $499 with the 32GB and 64GB capacity options to boast $599 and $699 price tags respectively.
On the 3G/4G front, the three storage capacities with on-the-move internet connections will set wannabe owners back $629, $729 and $829 respectively.
What do you make of the newly unveiled Apple iPad 3? Will you be snapping one up when it lands in the UK on Friday March 16th? Let us know via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds.
You can read the full transcript of our live blog of the event here.