2012 New iPad Philippines Price, Apple Third Generation iPad Specifications and Release Date Guesstimate

This post aims to collate all relevant information about The New iPad in the Philippines - including its pricing details and release date. Trust that we'll update this post regularly or every time news about 2012 iPad's availability in our country surface.

As of March 8, 2012:

The New iPad is not yet available in the Philippines;
Official carriers and authorized Apple retailers have yet to make a formal announcement on this new iDevice.

As of May 30, 2012:

Globe Telecom has just launched The New Tattoo iPad, which is Apple's 2012 flagship tablet bundled with Globe's fastest mobile broadband service. Prices start at Php 21,990 for the 16GB Wifi plus Cellular version bundled with Plan 999 up to Php 39,990 for the 64GB version with Plan 499.

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The third generation iPad has just been officially announced in an Apple event in San Francisco, California. And contrary to what most of us expected, it didn't end up being named iPad3 or iPadHD.

Called simply 'The New iPad', the latest iteration to Apple's popular slate line looks almost identical to its predecessor, the iPad2. Nevertheless, it does come with several enhancements that will surely entice new customers to get it and previous generation iPad owners to upgrade.

The New iPad flaunts a stunning new Retina display - similar to what's found on iPhone 4S, and features Apple's new custom-designed A5X chip with quad-core graphics, and a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p Full HD videos even in low light settings. As for connectvity, the three iPad Wi-Fi + 4G variants connect to the fastest networks worldwide and still deliver 10 hours of battery life while remaining thin and light.

On the software side, the new iPad runs iOS 5.1, the latest update to Apple's mobile operating system, which comes with new features including a redesigned camera app with video stabilization, personal hotspot (for sharing ultra-fast 4G connection with other devices), support for dictation in English, German, French, and Japanese, and the ability to delete photos from Photo Stream. iOS 5.1 also works seamlessly with iCloud, letting users automatically and wirelessly store content and push it to various iDevices including iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac, Macbook Air and Macbook Pro.

In the US, the new iPad models will start shipping on March 16, 2012. The suggested retail price for the 16GB Wifi-Only model is $499, the 32GB model costs $599 and while 64GB sells for $699. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G variants are available via AT&T or Verizon with a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model.

Note that the US price schedule for the new iPad is the same as that of iPad2 last year. That said, I'm inclined to believe that 2012 iPad prices in the Philippines will likewise be similar to its predecessor's; If you remember, in 2011, Apple iPad2 Wifi-Only 16GB, 32GB and 64GB sold for Php 23,990, Php 28,990 and Php 33,990 respectively. Apple iPad2 Wifi + 3G 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, on the other hand, sold for Php 30,990, Php 35,990 and Php 40,990 respectively. The TP Guesstimate for the new iPad's release date in the Philippines is either on the last week of April or the first week of May 2012. Oh, and we also believe that Smart Communications will be an official carrier of the new iPad and will offer it as a bundled device with its future LTE plans. Let's see.

To wrap this up in the way that only TechPinas has been known to do, I present to you the full and complete technical specifications of the Apple's 2012 New iPad tablet --

TechPinas Tablet Technical Specs Table (TTabTST)
Name The New iPad (Apple iPad 3)
Type Tablet
Price Category High-End (Flagship Release)
Dimensions and WeightWifi Only Version:
Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
Weight: 1.44 pounds (652 g)

Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
Weight: 1.46 pounds (662 g)
Available Colors Metal Finish - Anodized Aluminum at the back. Front - White, Black bezel options
Operating System iOS 5.1
Display 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution Retina Display Capacitive Touchscreen, 44% greater saturation than iPad2 display
Processor Dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed, high-performance yet low-power system-on-a-chip processor with quad-core graphics
Camera Back camera: 5 MegaPixel iSight Camera with Backside Illumination, Front Camera: VGA
Video Capture Back camera: Video recording, Full HD 1080p up to 30 frames per second
Front camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio
Audio and Video Playback Audio: 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, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Ports 3.5 mm audio jack, 30-pin dock connector port, microSIM card tray for the 4G version
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Personal Hotspot, Bluetooth wireless technology 4.0 + EDR, 3G, 4G LTE
Memory option of either 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of non-expandable internal storage
Sensors Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Battery Li-Po 11,666 mAh
Uptime Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on watching video, Wi-Fi, or listening to music, Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 4G cellular data network
Value-Added Features iOS 5.1, New Camera, 4G LTE, Quad Core Graphics
Announcement March 7, 2012
Availability March 16, 2012 in US, March 23, 2012 in 25 countries, TBA for others
Price $499, $599 and $699 for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB the Wifi-only version, respectively. And $629, $729 and $829 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB the Wifi-4G version, respectively.