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Here Comes The New iPad

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For anyone who was wondering whether Apple would take its time bringing the new iPad to India, rest easy. April 27 will see the coveted device arriving in stores in India. Eleven other countries including South Korea, Malaysia and others will also get the third generation iPad. The prices go like this, straight from the Apple announcement:

"The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white on Friday, April 27 for a suggested retail price of Rs 30,500 including VAT (Rs 29,048 exVAT) for the 16GB model, Rs 36,500 including VAT (Rs 34,762 ex VAT ) for the 32GB model and Rs 42,500 inc. VAT (Rs 40,476 ex VAT) for the 64GB model. The iPad Wi-Fi + 4G models will be available for a suggested retail price of Rs 38,900 inc. VAT (INR 37,048 exVAT) for the 16GB model, Rs 44,900 inc. VAT (Rs 42,762 ex VAT) for the 32GB model and Rs 50,900 inc. VAT (Rs 48,476 ex VAT) for the 64GB model.

The new iPad will be sold through select Apple Authorized Resellers. Additionally, iPad 2 is available at a more affordable price starting at just Rs 24,500 inc. VAT (Rs 23,333 ex VAT) for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model and just Rs 32,900 inc. VAT (Rs 31,333 ex VAT) for the 16 GB Wi-Fi + 3G model."

You can now see the iPad on the Apple India website http://www.apple.com/in/.

The best thing about the new iPad of course is the display. Overall, the device won't look very different from its predecessor, the iPad 2, except for the Retina Display screen, which, to the annoyance of many who considered it a bad pun —  is described by Aple as ‘resolutionary'. Under the hood is a different processor: A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel camera with better optics for photos and 1080p HD video. The battery life is as good if not better than the iPad 2, claims Apple. It depends on your usage, of course. My iPad 2 gives me more mileage than stated taking me through the day and well into most of the night.

It's rather nice that the iPad 2 will continue to be available till the end of April in the two base models and that too at a lower price. It's every bit as worthy and capable. For the most part, the same apps will work on both but will just look better on the new iPad. If you're looking to save a few thousands it's not a bad strategy at all to spend more – gradually – on apps instead. On the other hand, if you take a look at the screen and decide you don't want to compromise, well, you have that choice too.