The newest and hottest tablet, the new iPad (I wonder why Apple chose not to call it iPad 3 which has been the popularly speculated name) was launched yesterday and I've already decided to pre-order one unit of the 64Gb model without 4G connectivity at the price of USD699. It will be ready for shipment from March 16.
Looking at the specifications the greatest improvement over iPad 2 must be the high res retina display which will bowl over users who constantly seek to get the near perfect graphic and video display. I guess this latest iPad has raised the bar and benchmark all new tablets to meet.
To power up the device for smooth and fast data processing Apple has introduced the Dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip with quad-core graphics which should please any user now accustomed to lagless screen movements.
The iSight camera has gone full HD with its 5 megapixel resolution to capture crisp still and video pictures.
Although the dimensions are the same as the iPad 2 (9.50 x 7.31 inches) the thickness has increased from 0.34 to 0.37 inch and with it the weight from 1.33 to 1.44 lb (Wifi only model) to accommodate the retina display and full HD camera, a trade-off which is not substantially noticeable. As a user of the first generation iPad I should not find it a problem as I never used the iPad 2.
Between the black and white frame I'd go for the white (my current iPad is black) as it is more definitive.
Back to the name I believe we will continue to nickname it as iPad 3 so that by the next upgrade we should not again be calling it the New Ipad (or Apple may decide to call it say the NextGen iPad?).