No one got it right, at least when it comes to guessing the name of the new iPad.\u00a0 The names iPad 3 and iPad HD were floated heavily in tech sites, and both were proved incorrect.\u00a0 There was a new iPad announced, alright, but Apple amerely chose to refer to it as \u201cthe new iPad\u201d, adding that it\u2019s the third generation iPad.\u00a0 Third generation is technically iPad 3 in my opinion but let\u2019s stick with Apple\u2019s choice.\u00a0 So when you order one, I guess you have to refer to it as the new iPad, or third generation iPad, or iPad 2012.\u00a0 But does the name matter really? To most of us, it\u2019s the specs that really matter. So what did Apple cook up for the new iPad? Let\u2019s take a look at the major features. Retina Display This one is a given, and I must say the rumor mills were mostly right in guessing a high resolution Retina Display for\u00a0the new iPad.\u00a0 The new iPad\u2019s display has 2048 x 1536 resolution with 3.1 million pixels, translating to 264ppi.\u00a0 That\u2019s four times the resolution of the iPad 2 and first generation iPad.\u00a0 This will make the new iPad a more enticing device, and a really good gaming platform.\u00a0 Images, videos and games should look really sharp on the new iPad. Retina on the iPhone is already amazing; just imagine Retina on a 9.7-inch screen, which, by the way, is still the display size of the new iPad.\u00a0\u00a0 According to Apple, the resolution on the new iPad is so dense, the individual pixels are practically indistinguishable at a normal distance.\u00a0 Good enough to me. Apple not only improved the resolution, it also improved the color saturation on the new iPad. The new tablet has 44 percent increased color saturation.\u00a0 In Apple\u2019s own words, the colors are now \u201cunbelievably richer, deeper and more vivid\u201d.\u00a0 If this is not enough, the new iPad is now capable of playing full-HD1080p movies.\u00a0 I say shut up Apple and just take my money! A5X Processor Apple did not use an A6 processor on the new iPad, and chose instead the A5X, a new processor that has double the performance of the A5 chip on the iPad 2.\u00a0\u00a0 A6 was the guess of most tech sites, but rumors of an A5X surfaced close to the launch of the new iPad.\u00a0 A6 is said to be faster but I\u2019m not complaining about the A5X.\u00a0 After all, it still delivers double the performance of the predecessor.\u00a0 The A5X chip is a dual-core processor but faster, and it now has a quad-core graphics chip.\u00a0 This is already too good for gaming and playing movies. In fact, according to Apple, the A5X is even faster than the quad-core Tegra 3 processor from NVidia.\u00a0 How many times faster you ask? Four times!\u00a0 If this holds true in actual performance, the other tablet makers will really have a hard time catching up with the iPad. Camera If there\u2019s anything not good about the iPad 2, it\u2019s the camera.\u00a0 It took almost unusable shots, but thankfully, the new iPad\u2019s camera ahs been improve.\u00a0 It now rocks a 5 megapixel back camera which Apple calls iSight camera.\u00a0 \u00a0It features advanced optics for snapping pictures and recording full HD video. \u00a0The camera on the new iPad is almost similar to the one on the iPhone 4S, except of course for the lower resolution, so this can only be good.\u00a0 The iSight camera uses backside illumination, making low-light shots possible, and it sports a video image stabilization feature that should make the your videos smoother. HSPA+, LTE Connectivity Again, the rumors were right on the 4G LTE support part.\u00a0 The new iPad will have an LTE connectivity, but to users in the Philippines, note that this feature will only be available in the US and in Canada.\u00a0\u00a0 We have to content ourselves with HSPA+ connectivity, and to me this is good enough.\u00a0 HSPA+ on my Galaxy Nexus is fast, so I should expect a fast connection from HSPA+.\u00a0 And it\u2019s not like we have full LTE connectivity in the Philippines.\u00a0 It\u2019s still just at the infancy stage, with only a few connected areas as of now. The LTE version is called iPad Wi-Fi + 4G and it offers 4G LTE with support for HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA.\u00a0 Both CDMA and GSM iPad users now have the ability to easily roam internationally. \u00a0Apple was even kind enough to include tethering options, making the new iPad a Personal Hotspot just like the iPhone 4S.\u00a0 It allows connection of up to 5 other devices using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB. iOS 5.1 The new iPad runs iOS 5.1, the newest version from Apple.\u00a0 iOS 5.1 bring with it a few enhancements including the afore-mentioned redesigned Camera app with video stabilization technology; the ability to delete photos from Photo Stream; support for dictation in English, French, German and Japanese; Personal Hotspot; improved iCloud features. The new iPad also supports dictation, Google style.\u00a0 Instead of typing on the keyboard, you can use a dictation app.\u00a0 There will be a microphone icon on the keyboard which you tap if you want voice dictation instead of typing.\u00a0 When you are done, the new iPad converts your words into text. \u00a0Apple says dictation also works with third-party apps.\u00a0 This means you can use the dictation feature to update Facebook status, tweet, or to write those Instagram captions.\u00a0 This is not Siri, just a dictation app. The features above are the major ones.\u00a0 Apart from these, Apple has also introduced\u00a0the iPhoto app on the new iPad, and updated the iMovie, iWork and GarageBand apps. Pricing and Availability In the US the new iPad will be available starting March 16 and will be priced at\u00a0$499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB model. The iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. The price of the new iPad has essentially not changed from the iPad 2, which will now be slashed to $399 for the 16GBWi-Fi model and just $529 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model. For other markets, including the Philippines hopefully, the new iPad will be available on March 23.