So, were the rumored specs even close to what was announced? The answer is yes, the new iPad will actually sport a whopping 2048 x 1536 9.7″ retina display. That’s roughly 3.1 million pixels packed into the device. In terms of processing power, the iPad 3 is still going the dual core route for its CPU with a revised Apple A5 processor called the Apple A5X CPU.
On the other hand, the PowerVR GPU is now a quad core, and Apple claims that the processing power of their new product is “four time faster than [Nvidia's] Tegra 3.” Additionally, there is speculation that the RAM also has received a boost from 512MB to 1GB (still unconfirmed).
Lastly, there is a rear facing camera 5MP camera and the iPad 3 is also capable of recording 1080p video. Storage capacities will remain the same with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models with or without 4G LTE, and will have a similar 10 hour battery life when compared to the iPad 2.
OS: iOS 5.1
Display: IPS 9.7″ 2048 x 1536 “Retina Display” 264 pixels per inch
CPU: 1GHz Apple A5X
GPU: PowerVR Quad Core GPU
Radio: LTE (21Mbps HSPA+ / 42Mbps DC-HSDPA / 73Mbps LTE)
RAM: 1GB (unconfirmed)
Models- wifi only: 16GB ($629), 32GB ($729), and 64GB ($829)
Models- w/ 4G LTE: 16GB ($499), 32GB ($599), and 64GB ($699)
Battery Life: Up to 10 hours (same as iPad 2)
Weight: 1.5 pounds
Thickness: .37″ (.03″ thicker than the iPad 2)
Rear Camera: 1080p Video/5MP (similar to the the iPhone 4S)
Release date: March 16th for US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany,
Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia