Introducing... the new Apple iPad 2012

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On Wednesday, Apple heralded the arrival of their latest tablet - the iPad 2012. It is not called the iPad 3 or the iPad HD for that matter, but it does host a wide selection of improved features and new technology. It's time to trade up from the iPad 2. 

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Introducing... the new Apple iPad 2012

On Wednesday, Apple heralded the arrival of their latest tablet - the iPad 2012. It is not called the iPad 3 or the iPad HD for that matter, but it does host a wide selection of improved features and new technology. It's time to trade up from the iPad 2.

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While the iPad's screen is still the same 9.7-inches (diagonally) as the first two iPads, it doubles the number of pixels in play. The screen now contains over 3.1 million pixels, which is such a high density that the human eye cannot discern the individual pixels. Apple have coined this effect as the "Retina Display".

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Supporting LTE - next generation wireless technology

LTE is a high-speed wireless broadband technology that is as much as ten times faster as 3G Internet access. Like its predecessors, the new iPad will come in both Wi-Fi-only and in mobile-broadband equipped models. The iPad will support HSPA+ with a maximum downlink of 21 Mbps, dual-carrier HSDPA with a maximum of 42 Mbps, and LTE with a maximum of 73 Mbps download.

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The new A5X quad-core graphics processor

Although the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 both use Appleundefineds custom-designed A5 system-on-a-chip, the iPad 2012 is powered by the new A5X chip, offering four times the performance of the Tegra 3 processor that powers Android tablets. The chip is so graphic-intensive that it is unlikely to be used in the next iPhone.

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Built-in microphone and voice dictation

A new feature that hasbeen added to the iPad is a microphone button that appears on the virtual keyboard (it's very similar to the microphone icon on the iPhone 4's keyboard). The microphone can be used for dictation in any application where the virtual keyboard is enabled.

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iSight camera with a 5-element lens

The new iPad's width measures 9.4 millimetres instead of 8.8 millimetres on the previous versions, so as to house a 5-megapixel iSight camera with a 5-element lens, IR filter, and in-plane switching. Other features include automatic exposure, auto-focus and the recording of HD video at 1080p resolution. Like the iPhone 4S's camera, the iPad's camera features automatic face detection, automatic exposure lock and automatic focus lock.

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