The Good Apple's new iPad includes a stunning new screen, matched by a quad-core graphic processor and the world's largest app and media store to feed it content. There's a proper 5-megapixel rear camera now, with 1080p recording quality. Optional 4G data from AT&T and Verizon afford an uncompromising mobile experience.
The Bad The new iPad is slightly heavier than last year's model; apps and movies optimized for the screen might take up more space; and ports for HDMI, USB, and SD require adapters.
The Bottom Line With a host of improvements--faster graphics, 4G wireless options, a better camera, and a gorgeous high-res screen--the latest iPad cements its position at the head of the tablet pack.
Apple iPad March 2012
Editors' note: This review was updated March 18, 2012, with CNET Labs battery test results. Also, we made correction to the new iPad's screen brightness.
Update October 23, 2012: The third-generation iPadreviewed here has been replaced by a fourth-generation iPadthat adds a faster A6X processor and a Lightning connector. Apple nowalso offers a smaller 7.9-inch iPad Mini withprices starting at $329.
Apple's new iPad is a mix of the familiar and the futuristic. Its design remains practically unchanged from last year's iPad 2. Its internal components and wireless capabilities have only received a predictable bump. You'd think Apple fell asleep at the wheel with this one--until that moment when you turn on the screen.
This is the best tablet deal in history
For an impossible $99.99, you can get a 10-inch HD tablet with oodles of bells and whistles. Game, set and match, Apple. Plus: a super-fast mobile charger.
Apple insists iPad Pro is the modern definition of a computer
Commentary: In a new ad, Apple suggests that for some people there's no such thing as a computer anymore.
Microsoft CEO tells iPad users to 'get a real computer'
Commentary: In India, Satya Nadella spots two journalists with iPads. He isn't entirely impressed.
Will Apple's new iPad have facial recognition?
Rumor has it the tablet may follow the path of iPhone X and come with Face ID unlocking technology.
Grab the latest 9.7-inch iPad for $250
The only catch: You've got to get to a Micro Center to capitalize.
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Derek Jeter proves iPad is a computer
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Apple hikes prices on higher capacity iPad Pros by $50
The 256GB and 512GB iPad Pro models cost a bit more. Blame higher component prices.
Budget tablets a rare highlight as broader market shrinks
Detachable tablets like two-in-one computers just aren't as hot anymore, according to an IDC study.
Did Microsoft just reveal plans for an iPad Touch Cover?
The info comes from a download page related to lithium batteries.
Do not buy a new iPad at full price
Staples is the latest retailer to discount a new iPad, offering $50 off the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
Best Buy has the new 9.7-inch iPad for $280 in one-day sale
As part of its "Cyber Monday in July" sale (yeah that's a thing), Best Buy is offering $50 off the new entry-level 9.7-inch iPad.