New iPad thicker, heavier than old model

2012-03-07 22:34

San Francisco - Apple's new iPad will be thicker and heavier than the iPad 2 because it features a bigger, more powerful battery.

Even with a bigger battery, the battery life of the device stays the same: about 10 hours. That's because Apple has quadrupled the screen resolution, which in turn requires more computing power.

Apple revealed the device on Wednesday at an event in San Francisco.

The new iPad will be 9.4 millimeters thick. That compares with 8.8 millimeters, for the iPad 2.

The weight of the Wi-Fi-only model is going up from 0.6kg to 0.65kg. Models equipped with modems for cellular data access are slightly heavier.

The company said the iPad is powered by a new chip with four processing cores, for smoother graphics.

The new iPad will go on sale on March 16.

There are nine flavours of the new iPad, with different access capabilities and storage amounts:

— Wi-Fi only, 16 gigabytes of storage, $499

— Wi-Fi only, 32GB, $599

— Wi-Fi only, 64GB, $699

— Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 16GB, $629 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)

— Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 32GB, $729 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)

— Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 64GB, $829 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)

The prices are the same as the iPad 2's at launch. On Wednesday, Apple said it is cutting the older version's prices by $100. It will cost $399 for the basic W-Fi model and $529 with cellular connection on the older 3G network. Both versions have 16GB of storage.

Pre-orders begin Wednesday. It will go on sale on March 16 in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the US Virgin Islands.

  • fishycraig - 2012-03-07 23:10

    I want a job with the AP or News24. Copy and paste an article and get paid for it!

      Martin - 2012-03-08 08:30

      Those new laws are going to force them to actually do a days work. God forbid.

  • AdriaanAdams - 2012-03-07 23:37

    ok you said nine flavors of the new iPad, but then you only mentioned six??? But I still want it...

      gregnikitas - 2012-03-07 23:49

      I think the other 9 refers to the 6 x 4G versions, 3 on Verizon and 3 on AT&T plus then the 3 x "normal" versions :) I don't think we will be getting 4G versions here or am I wrong?

  • malcolm - 2012-03-08 07:14

    Like a 2012 model Ferrari & a Blackberry. Expensive, has all the bells and whistles, stylish, trendy, Fast as hell, all the latest technology and everybody wants one. All pretty useless without a functioning battery. I have a R150 Nokia, and the battery lasts for a week. It works all the time and I can make and receive calls from it. You can all have your little pieces of technology. In about three months time you will want to waste money on something more trendy, and my little Nokia will still work. Most trend setters never use even a quarter of the facilities these fancy phones offer. They just want them to be fashionable.

      niko.lubbe - 2012-03-08 13:12

      Without going into the narrow mindedness of your post. Somehow I get the feeling you are like the naysayers of the first car. "My horse gets me from A to B as well, therefore the car is a waste of money". You like your Nokia, fine, but don't belittle or make people who prefer another phone out to be idiots. These "little pieces of technology" that people waste their money on, is what drives technology forward. Remember, your beloved Nokia was also the "waste of money" of it's time a while ago.

  • malcolm - 2012-03-08 07:16

    What does an I-phone taste like? I see all nine flavours, but cannot recognise them. GoBlitzi cannot read.

  • Jabulani Lucky Mokomane - 2012-03-08 07:30

    When will this new device iPad 3 hit SA's stores? And for how much can I grab it?

  • Gert - 2012-03-08 07:35

    That 0.5mm and 50gram is a deal breaker. I don't want it. Yeah right!

  • werner.smidt - 2012-03-08 08:14

    After visiting numerous porn sites, Apple concluded that thicker is indeed better. No? Fine, I'll get back to work.

  • elewies - 2012-03-08 09:11

    How is it possible that Puerto Rico gets the new iPad before SA? :(

      Kusleg - 2012-03-08 09:33

      Because Africa is lazy to invent anything useful therefore you are always considered last.

      werner.smidt - 2012-03-08 09:40

      Because of their location and affiliation with the USA?

  • robvandeventer - 2012-03-08 11:53

    You have to wonder about the people that write these articles. The only headline they could think off was that its heaver and thicker. Not that its screen is 4 time the resolution, it has a new processor and camera and supports LTE??? And as somone said, they gey paid for this!!!

  • sampson.mamphweli - 2012-03-08 18:31

    Let it come, we are waitin

  • sibuyir - 2012-03-09 13:58

    we shall see wen will the reign of the apple company end.i fear microsoft will take over again as the best company that produce best technologically advanced product cause the master steve jobs has passed away

  • sibuyir - 2012-03-09 14:00

    well when will microsoft do the same produce products like the apple company

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