Apple Unveils the New iPad: 5MP Camera, HD Video, and “Best Display Ever”

Apple officially announced the new iPad today (called “the new iPad” rather than the “iPad 3″). It’s a tablet computer, but its new features make the device much more camera-like than the iPad 2. There’s a new 5-megapixel iSight camera on the back that features a backside illuminated sensor and a five-element f/2.4 lens. It’s also able to record HD video in full 1080p. On the frontside is a 9.7-inch 2048×1536 retina display that packs 4 times more pixels than the iPad 2 and 1 million more pixels than an HDTV. Get ready for a world in which more and more people take Instagram photos using large “cameratablets”.

The New iPad [Apple]

  • Mario Liedtke

    My EYE-FI Card is nagging me to buy it… :-D

  • Teknisyan

    For the Win! 

  • Ringo Paulusch

    It has 4 _times_ more pixels than the iPad2.


    Its great that Apple is pushing to improve standards of photography, but I’d really prefer them not to use such deceptive advertising. Any and every photographer who sees that picture will immediately realize that an iPad would never provide so much bokeh in a photo.

    Apple, please advertise using photos that were actually taken using the iPad. I’m sure it has a camera more than capable enough of taking good pictures.

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks ringo :)

  • Chris Sewell

    It certainly wouldn’t be nearly that soft of bokeh, nor would it be that sharp of a subject. (Basically, not even remotely close to the same quality of this obviously-shot-with-a-dslr-photo). But at f2.4, I’d expect to see similar DOF when taking a picture of a subject relatively near to me.


    Not trying to insult your intelligence Chris, but I suggest you do some reading on the effect of lens diameter and sensor size on DOF. There’s no way that the couch (or whatever purple/blue seat she’s sitting on) would be that blurry even at 2.4. Also, considering the good lighting and the lack of DOF control on iOS, the camera would automatically stop down anyway.

    If you have doubts, I suggest you find an iPhone 4S (similar camera, also 2.4) and try for yourself.

  • elektrojan

    yes, there is a huge discussion of how much photoshop should be allowed in advertising… but on the other side the new photoshop brings features that allows you to fake that soft bokeh. i´d prefer my dslr :-)

  • Flgraphics

    next week, the ipod4 with 5 gazillion pixels

  • Peter Park

    how many is a brazilian?!

  • Mantis

    I bought the first iPad, and after a few weeks it became a dust collector.

    I sold it on Craigs List, don’t miss it, and don’t intend on buying another tablet.


    I shall be queuing night and day until it launches and trying to stop myself from arriving in my pantaloons. 

  • iPhone Video Hero

    The video camera will be great coupled with the ipad screensize and the new editing apps