iPad 3 in Black
|Discontinued||October 23, 2012|
|Units sold||3 million in first three days|
Original: iOS 5.1
Last: iOS 9.3.5, released August 25, 2016
|System-on-chip used||Apple A5X|
|CPU||1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9|
|Memory||1 GB LPDDR2 RAM|
|Storage||16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB|
|Display||9.7 inches (250 mm) 2,048 × 1,536 px color IPS LCD display at (264 ppi) with a 4:3 aspect ratio|
|Sound||Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz
Audio Formats: HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 & 4, AEA, AAX, and AAX+), ALAC, AIFF, and WAV
|Input||Multi-touch touch screen, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis gyroscope, microphone, magnetometer, accelerometer, Assisted GPS + cellular Micro-SIM card tray (Cellular model only)|
Front: FaceTime 0.3 MP camera with VGA-quality photos and video
Back: 5 MP iSight camera with 1080p video capture at 30 frame/s
All models: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, Apple 30-pin dock connector
Wi-Fi + Cellular model: also includes GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA(850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE (700, 2100 MHz)
Wi-Fi + Cellular model on Verizon also includes EvDO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz) GSM/EDGE(850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA(850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), and LTE (700 MHz)
|Power||Internal rechargeable non-removable 3.7 V 43 W·h(11,560 mA·h) lithium-ion polymer battery|
|Online services||iTunes Store, App Store, MobileMe, iBookstore, Game Center, iCloud|
|Dimensions||9.50 in (241 mm) (height)
7.31 in (186 mm) (width)
0.37 in (9.4 mm) (depth)
Wi-Fi model: 1.44 lb (650 g)
Wi-Fi + Cellular model: 1.46 lb (660 g)
|Successor||iPad (4th generation)|
|Website||www.apple.com/ipad/ at the Wayback Machine (archived July 21, 2012)|
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The third-generation iPad (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, it 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 5.1, which also provides a platform for audio-visual media, including electronic books, periodicals, films, music, computer games, presentations and web content.
In the US and Canada, nine variations of the third-generation iPad were offered, compared to six in the rest of the world, although some countries had only the Wi-Fi only model. Each variation was available with black or white front glass panels, with options for 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage. In North America, connectivity options were Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi + 4G (LTE) on Verizon, AT&T, Telus, Rogers, or Bell. For the rest of the world outside North America, connectivity options are Wi-Fi only (on the Wi-Fi model) or Wi-Fi + 3G (on the Wi-Fi + Cellular model), with the latter unavailable in some countries, as 4G (LTE) connectivity for the device is not available outside North America. The Wi-Fi + Cellular model includes GPS capability.
Initially, the cellular version was titled and marketed worldwide as the "Wi-Fi + 4G" model, but due to regional differences in classification of 4G (LTE) connectivity outside of North America, Apple later rebranded and altered their marketing to call this the "Wi-Fi + Cellular" model.
The tablet was released in ten countries on March 16, 2012. It gained mostly positive reviews, earning praise for its Retina display, processor and 4G (LTE) capabilities. However, controversy arose when the LTE incompatibilities became known. Three million units were sold in the first three days.
After only seven months (221 days) of official availability, the third-generation iPad was discontinued on October 23, 2012, following the announcement of the fourth-generation iPad. The third-generation iPad had the shortest lifespan of any iOS product. It is also the last iPad to support the 30-pin dock connector, as the fourth-generation iPad and later use the Lightning connector.