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The main difference between the iPad3 and the iPad 2 concerns the display (on both models 9.7-inch measurement). The iPad 3 has namely an HD display with a significantly higher resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, where the iPad 2 has a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. Also, a different screen technology employed. The iPad 2 uses an IPS LCD panel for the iPad 3 Retina display technology is the same applies as found on the iPhone 4S. The display of the iPad 3 is therefore sharper and brighter than its predecessor and the viewing angles are better.

Operating system

Simultaneously with the iPad 3, Apple iOS 5.1 was introduced, which has some minor improvements compared to iOS 5. Thus, the camera app for the iPad in iOS 5.1 a new design and you can now easily photos from cloud’s Photo Stream remove. Additionally it is possible to iOS 5.1 with a Dictaphone function SMS or mails to speak (not yet support this feature Dutch). The iPad 2 turned delivered initially on iOS 4.3, there are now updates to iOS 5 and iOS 5.1 available, so there is no difference in terms of OS between the iPad 2 and iPad 3.


The iPad 3 is, like the iPad 2, available in versions with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB memory. On both devices the memory is not expandable, so in terms of storage space, Apple’s second and third tablet identical.


Besides the display and the camera is the new processor is the main difference between the iPad 3 and iPad 2. The iPad 2 has a dual-core Apple A5 processor on board. The iPad 3 features a new dual-core Apple A5X processor with a quad-core graphics chip, so you can expect even better and faster graphics performance (which is also necessary with regard to the higher resolution of the display).


The iPad 3 is, like the iPad 2 , available in a Wifi-only edition or in a version with Wi-Fi + 3G support (note: for 3G uses microSIM cards). With an optional cable on both models HDMI-out is possible, that the tablets on an HD television are linking. If additional to the iPad 2, the iPad 3 on 4G/LTE- for very fast Internet possible. Because in the Netherlands and Belgium, however, virtually no 4G network is rolled out, you got little: this function is primarily added for the United States, where already many operators 4G/LTE support. Furth ermore, the iPad 3 supporting Bluetooth 4.0, where the iPad 2 had to do with Bluetooth 2.1.

Front Camera (webcam)

The iPad 3 and iPad 2 have the same VGA front camera. This allows you not only can video chat via Face Time, but (using the Photo Booth app) also simple photos and videos in VGA quality recording. The Photo Booth app also allows you to picture a simple effect, such as mirroring or deform.


The camera of the iPad 3 has been significantly upgraded compared to the camera of the iPad 2 . The camera of the iPad 2 was pretty mediocre with only a 1-megapixel sensor, the “iSight” camera of the iPad 3 is a lot better with a 5-megapixel sensor. Furthermore the VCR improved with the iPad 3 can your videos in 1080 Full HD recording, where the iPad 2 was only possible to record videos in 720p HD quality capture.


Both the iPad 3 and the iPad 2 are both available in a black or a white.

Dimensions & Weight

The iPad 3 with a thickness of 9.4 millimetres thicker than 8.8 millimetres thick iPad 2 . The length and width of both tablets are the same. The iPad 3 (Wifi-only edition) with 652 grams also slightly heavier than the iPad 2 (Wifi only), which weighs 601 grams.

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