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.

iPadiPad 2iPad (third generation)
Screen1,024x768 pixels1,024x7682,048x1,536
Thickness0.50.340.37
Weight1.5 pounds1.33 pounds1.44 pounds
ProcessorA4 1GHzA5 1GHz (dual-core)A5X (dual-core, w/ quad-core graphics)
Front cameraN/AVGAVGA
Rear cameran/a0.7 megapixel/720p5 megapixels/1080p
StabilizationN/ANoYes
Face detectionN/ANoYes
FaceTimeNoYesYes
SiriNoNoDictation only
Gestures*YesYesYes
Cellular3G (AT&T)3G (Verizon, AT&T)4G (Verizon, AT&T)
Video outLimitedHD mirroringHD mirroring
Bluetooth2.1+EDR2.1+EDR4.0

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

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