iPad vs. iPad 2 vs. the new iPad

See how the Apple iPad has (or hasn't) progressed over the years.

Can you tell them apart? Apple

I can't blame you for not being excited by the "new iPad." With the screen turned off, there's really nothing to indicate that it's changed at all.

Obviously, the big update to the third-generation iPad is the vastly improved screen. We hear about product screen improvements all the time, so it's easy to diminish what Apple has done here. I think the QXGA-resolution screen is an impressive feat, but you can choose to believe the hype or not.

But the screen's not the whole story. Did you know that the new iPad is almost as heavy as the first? What about the latest iPad's inclusion of Bluetooth 4.0?

Whether you're buying your first iPad, or weighing the benefits of upgrading, here's a chart comparing a few key specs between the first three iPad generations.

iPad iPad 2 iPad (third generation)
Screen 1,024x768 pixels 1,024x768 2,048x1,536
Thickness 0.5 0.34 0.37
Weight 1.5 pounds 1.33 pounds 1.44 pounds
Processor A4 1GHz A5 1GHz (dual-core) A5X (dual-core, w/ quad-core graphics)
Front camera N/A VGA VGA
Rear camera n/a 0.7 megapixel/720p 5 megapixels/1080p
Stabilization N/A No Yes
Face detection N/A No Yes
FaceTime No Yes Yes
Siri No No Dictation only
Gestures* Yes Yes Yes
Cellular 3G (AT&T) 3G (Verizon, AT&T) 4G (Verizon, AT&T)
Video out Limited HD mirroring HD mirroring
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR 2.1+EDR 4.0

*Multifinger gesture support, such as four-finger swipe to toggle apps, or five-finger pinch to close apps.

 

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