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What are the big differences between the new iPad and iPad 2? I don't really get it.

asked Apr 25 '12 at 18:39

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edited Jul 23 '12 at 18:44

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The new iPad had upgrades to the following: CPU (A5X Processor) Screen (Retina Display) Camera (Rear camera now shoots 5mp shots and has similar optics to that of the iPhone 4s and also shoots 1080p video) and thats all I can remember for "major" upgrades.

answered Apr 25 '12 at 19:24

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You also get better graphics performance... or at least, that's what they said.

(Apr 25 '12 at 19:25) josephLtech josephLtech's gravatar image

That's inside the CPU. And it is noticeable.

(Apr 26 '12 at 02:51) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

basically they have put the iphone 4s in the ipad, but with a better cpu.

(Jul 23 '12 at 12:36) fanto fanto's gravatar image

The only worthwhile difference for most people is the screen. It's pixel density is much much higher and text is sharp. The marketing term they use is "Retina" display.

answered Apr 26 '12 at 01:27

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but would you buy the ipad 3 if you had an ipad 2?

(May 07 '12 at 20:58) fanto fanto's gravatar image

if u have ipad 2, i think ipad 2 is no slouch, keep it, chris has also kept his old one, and if u like upgrades and want better screen def go for new one, even the ipad 1 today has more value than all the other crap in the market, so yeah these devices really work!

(Jul 23 '12 at 12:46) bharatkumargupta bharatkumargupta's gravatar image

Yeah really its only visuals and camera features that can read faces and tag people in your photos. The cpu is still a duel core but a quad core for graphics. So in laments terms it has 1080p instead of 720p(meaning more details in photos,videos, visuals) its a bit thicker. Does the same thing as the old one. If you don't use cameras...don't care for visuals do your self a favor and just buy an ipad 2. it's at 399.99. (100 dollars lower the 3rd gen) And yes I work at a technology retailer and sell 100's of Ipads....

answered Apr 26 '12 at 02:45

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In going from the ipad 1 to the ipad 2, you get a dual core CPU instead of a slower single core, as well as a much faster videocard

the screen for the most part remains the same

You also get 512MB RAM instead of 256MB from the ipad 1.

With ipad 3 the memory is doubled again to 1024MB the CPU remains the same, but the GPU is twice as fast to handle the higher res display

it also has a better camera.

PS the ipad 1 is not worth it (not enough RAM which does not make it very good for modern apps and multitasking)

answered Apr 26 '12 at 04:03

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