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Apple iPad 3rd Generation Wi-Fi + Cellular Technical Specifications

Apple iPad 3rd Generation Wi-Fi + Cellular Technical Specifications
Brand: Apple
Category: Apple iPad
  • CPU 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
  • RAM 1 GB LPDDR2
  • Camera 5MP 1080p
  • Storage 16/32/64 GB
  • Display 9.7" 1536x2048 pixels
  • OS iOS 5.1, up to iOS 9.3.5
  • Battery 11560 mAh Li-Po

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Apple iPad 3rd Generation WiFi + Cellular Review and Features

The iPad (3rd generation) (marketed as The new iPad, colloquially referred to as the iPad 3) is a tablet computer developed and marketed by Apple Inc. The third device in the iPad line of tablets added a Retina Display, the new Apple A5X chip with a quad-core graphics processor, a 5-megapixel camera, HD 1080p video recording, voice dictation, and support for LTE networks in North America. It shipped with iOS 5, providing a platform for audio-visual media, including electronic books, periodicals, films, music, computer games, presentations and web browsing.

The third-generation iPad shipped with iOS 5.1, which was released on March 7, 2012. It can act as a hotspot with some carriers, sharing its internet connection over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB, providing that it is a Wi-Fi + Cellular model. It can also access the App Store, a digital application distribution platform for iOS developed and maintained by Apple.

The service allows users to browse and download applications from the iTunes Store that were developed with Xcode and the iOS SDK and were published through Apple. From the App Store, GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto, and the iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) are available.

The iPad has several pre-installed applications, including Safari, Mail, Photos, Videos, YouTube, Music, iTunes, App Store, Maps, Notes, Calendar, Game Center, Photo Booth, and Contacts. Like all iOS devices, the iPad can sync content and other data with a Mac or PC using iTunes, although iOS 5 and later can be managed and backed up without a computer.

Although the tablet is not designed to make phone calls over a cellular network, users can use a headset or the built-in speaker and microphone and place phone calls over Wi-Fi or cellular using a VoIP application, such as Skype.

The device has dictation, using the same voice recognition technology as the iPhone 4S. The user speaks, and the iPad types what they say on the screen provided that the iPad is connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.

The third-generation device has an optional iBooks application, which displays books and other EPUB-format content downloaded from the iBookstore. Several major book publishers, including Penguin Books, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan, have committed to publishing books for the device. Despite being a direct competitor to the Amazon Kindle and Barnes& Noble Nook, both Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble offer e-reader apps for the iPad.

On September 19, 2012, iOS 6, which contains 200 new features, was released. The iOS 6 update includes new features such as Apple Maps, which replaced a mapping application operated by Google, Facebook integration and the ability to operate Siri on the third-generation iPad.

The third-generation iPad is compatible with iOS 7, which was released in 2013. Although complete support, some newer features such as AirDrop that were released to newer models were not supported. This is the similar support that was also given on the iPhone 4S.

iOS 8 is also supported by the third-generation iPad. However, some features have been stripped down.

iOS 9 supports the third-generation iPad as well. It is the fifth major iOS release that this model supports. The iOS 9 public beta was also compatible with it. This model has been supported for more than four years.

iOS 9.3.5 is the latest and final version to support the Wi-Fi-only iPad 3rd generation model, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular models run iOS 9.3.6.

The device has an Apple A5X SoC with a 1 GHz dual-core 32-bit Cortex-A9 CPU and a quad-core PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU; 1 GB of RAM; a 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera capable of 1080p video recording; and a VGA front-facing videophone camera designed for FaceTime.

The display resolution is 2,048 by 1,536 (QXGA) with 3.1 million pixels—four times more than the iPad 2—providing even scaling from the prior model. The new iPad is thicker than its predecessor by 0.6 mm and is heavier by 51 grams for the Wi-Fi model (652 grams).

The Wi-Fi + Cellular models (662 grams) are 49 grams heavier for the AT&T model and 55 grams heavier for the Verizon model compared to the respective iPad 2 3G models (AT&T 3G iPad 2 is 613 grams, and Verizon 3G iPad 2 is 607 grams).

There are four physical switches on the third-generation iPad, including a home button near the display that returns the user to the home screen and three plastic switches on the sides: wake/sleep and volume up/down, plus a software-controlled switch whose function varies with the software update.

The display responds to other sensors: an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness and a 3-axis accelerometer to sense orientation and switch between portrait and landscape modes.

Unlike the iPhone and iPod Touch’s built-in applications, which work in three orientations (portrait, landscape-left and landscape-right), the iPad’s built-in applications support screen rotation in all four orientations, including upside-down. Consequently, the device has no intrinsic “native” orientation; only the relative position of the home button changes.

The tablet is manufactured with or without the capability to communicate over a cellular network; all models can connect to a wireless LAN. The third-generation iPad optionally has 16, 32, or 64 GB of internal flash memory, with no expansion option. Apple sells a “camera connection kit” with an SD card reader, but it can only be used to transfer photos and videos.

The audio playback of the third-generation iPad has a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. Without third-party software, it can play the following audio formats: HE-AAC, AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible formats (2, 3, 4, AEA, AAX, and AAX+), ALAC, AIFF, and WAV. A preliminary tear-down of the third-generation iPad by IHS iSuppli showed the likely costs for a 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model at $358.30, 32 GB at $375.10, and 64 GB at $408.70, respectively.

This iPad uses an internal rechargeable lithium-ion polymer (LiPo) battery. The batteries are made in Taiwan by Simplo Technology (60%) and Dynapack International Technology. The iPad is designed to be charged with a high current of 2 amps using the included 10 W USB power adapter and USB cord with a USB connector at one end and a 30-pin dock connector at the other.

While an older USB port can charge it from a computer, these are limited to 500 milliamps (0.5 amps). As a result, if the iPad is in use while powered by a computer, it may charge very slowly or not at all. High-power USB ports found in newer computers and accessories provide full charging capabilities.

What are the specifications of the Apple iPad 3rd Generation WiFi + Cellular tablet?

Here’s a summary of the technical specifications for the Apple iPad 3rd Generation WiFi + Cellular tablet:

  • Processor/CPU: 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Apple A5X
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
  • Display/Resolution: 9.7″ 1536×2048 pixels
  • GPU/Graphics: PowerVR SGX543MP4
  • Camera: 5MP 1080p
  • Battery: 11560 mAh Li-Po
  • Colours: Black, White

Full Technical Specifications

General

Device Type Tablet Computer
Models A1430, A1403, iPad3,2, iPad3,3
Also known as Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 4G Early 2012, Apple iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 4G, Apple iPad (3rd generation)
CDMA available only if sold and activated for use on a CDMA network
LTE only supported on AT&T and Verizon networks in the US and Bell, Rogers, and Telus networks in Canada
Announced 07 March, 2012
Released 16 March, 2012
Status Discontinued
Predecessor iPad 2
Successor iPad (4th generation)
Generation 3rd

Design

Type <strong>Design Type</strong> called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones. Bar
Width 241.2 mm (millimeters)
24.12 cm (centimeters)
0.791 ft (feet)
9.496 in (inches)
Height 185.7 mm (millimeters)
18.57 cm (centimeters)
0.609 ft (feet)
7.311 in (inches)
Thickness 9.4 mm (millimeters)
0.94 cm (centimeters)
0.031 ft (feet)
0.37 in (inches)
Volume 421.03 cm³ (cubic centimeters)
25.57 in³ (cubic inches)
Weight 662 g (grams)
1.46 lbs (pounds)
23.35 oz (ounces)
Protection Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
Colors Black, White

Network

SIM <strong>SIM</strong> (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. Micro SIM
Number of SIM cards 1
GSM GSM 850 MHz
GSM 900 MHz
GSM 1800 MHz
GSM 1900 MHz
CDMA CDMA 800 MHz
CDMA 1900 MHz
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A
UMTS (3G) UMTS 850 MHz
UMTS 900 MHz
UMTS 1900 MHz
UMTS 2100 MHz
LTE (4G) LTE 700 MHz Class 13
LTE 700 MHz Class 17
LTE 2100 MHz
View More View Less

Display

Display Type <strong>Display Technology => </strong> A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
Size 9.7 inch
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Display Colors <strong>Display Colors</strong> is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others. 24 bit, 16777216 colors
Aspect Ratio 4:3 ratio
Display area (~65.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Pixel Density <strong>Pixel Density (PPI)</strong> is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 264 PPI density
Display Protection <strong>Display Protection => </strong> Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind. Scratch-resistant glass
Oleophobic coating
Features Capacitive
Multi-touch
Scratch resistant
LED-backlit
Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating

Media

Audio File Formats M4A (MPEG-4 Audio, .m4a)
MP3 (MPEG-2 Audio Layer II, .mp3)
Video File Formats H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 / AVC video
MPEG-4
FM Radio No
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm Audio jack Yes
Audio Features Loudspeaker

Rear Camera

Number of cameras 1
Main cameras 5 MP, AF
Image Resolution 2592 x 1944 pixels
5.04 MP (megapixels)
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
2.07 MP (megapixels)
Video FPS 30 fps (frames per second)

Front/Selfie Camera

Number of cameras 1
Main cameras VGA, videocalling over Wi-Fi only
Video Resolution 640 x 480 pixels
0.31 MP (megapixels)
Video FPS 30 fps (frames per second)
Other features VGA
Videocalling over Wi-Fi only

Software

Operating System <strong>OS => </strong> Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. iOS 5.1, upgradable to iOS 9.3.5
User Interface <strong>UI</strong> or user interface of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface. Apple iOS

Hardware

Chipset <strong>Chipset</strong> is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Apple A5X APL5498
SoC Process Technology 45 nm (nanometers)
CPU <strong>CPU</strong> (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone. Dual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9
CPU bits 32 bit
CPU cores 2
CPU frequency 1000 MHz (megahertz)
Level 1 cache memory (L1) 32 KB + 32 KB (kilobytes)
Level 2 cache memory (L2) 1024 KB (kilobytes)
1 MB (megabytes)
GPU <strong>GPU</strong> (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. PowerVR SGX543MP4
GPU cores 4
RAM (Memory) <strong>RAM</strong> (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 1 GB
RAM Type LPDDR2 SDRAM
Internal Storage <strong>Internal Storage</strong> is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 16/32/64 GB
Card Slot <strong>Memory Card Slot</strong> is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. No
Sensors <strong>Sensors</strong> are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Gyroscope

Connectivity

Bluetooth Version 4.0
Bluetooth Features <strong>Bluetooth</strong> is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
Infrared <strong>Infrared</strong> connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range. No
Wi-Fi <strong>Wi-Fi</strong> is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. 802.11a (IEEE 802.11a-1999)
802.11b (IEEE 802.11b-1999)
802.11g (IEEE 802.11g-2003)
802.11n (IEEE 802.11n-2009)
802.11n 5GHz
Dual band
Wi-Fi Hotspot
USB USB 2.0
GPS <strong>GPS</strong> The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. GPS
A-GPS
NFC <strong>NFC</strong> (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inch.
HDMI <strong>HDMI</strong> (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. No

Battery

Battery Type <strong>Battery Type => </strong> Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium. Li-Poly (Lithium Polymer)
Capacity <strong>Battery Capacity</strong> is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 11560 mAh battery (42.5 Wh)
Placement Non-removable

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