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If you visit the Apple store and look at the iPad 3, or the “New iPad” as Apple calls is, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. This upgraded tablet looks surprisingly similar to the iPad 2. That is because the upgrades, and they are substantial, are all in the guts of the machine.

When they unveiled the third-generation iPad, Apple brought Retina Display to their popular tablet. This gives the tablet a crisp, lifelike display with razor sharp text and vibrant colors on photos and videos. The A5X chip and 3.1 million pixels make this one of the clearest and brightest mobile displays on the market.

The iPad 3 also has a 5-megapixel iSight camera. The advanced optics and backside illumination sensor give sprint-quality still images as well as 1080p HD video, so don’t be surprised when you see a mom on the playground shooting pictures of her kids with her tablet. The results really are that good.

What really sets this iPad apart from its predecessors, however, is its 4G LTE capabilities. The iPad 3 is able to connect to the 4G LTE network, considered one of the fastest available. With this tablet, users can download content and watch videos at lighting speed, all without being tied down to a computer or laptop. All of these upgrades make the iPad 3 far superior to the iPad 2, without changing the overall look and basic functionality of the tablet, but Apple may have even more changes on the way.

A Mini iPad on the Way?

The iPad Mini is about to be unveiled, and the Internet has been abuzz with questions about the new device. What price tag will it have? How capable will it be? Will it offer as much usability as the larger tablet? Will it compete with the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7? And, most importantly, will the unveiling be followed by immediate sales, or a week or two of hype and the long lines associated with a new phone product?

The mini is going to have a small 7.85-inch screen and is being marketed as the “perfect student tablet.” Analysts expect it to have expanded support for annotations and other tricks to make it ideal for note taking and ebooks, maybe even audio and text-book syncing. It is believed to have the A5 chip and at least 8 GB of on-board memory, and it may be a wi-fi only device. Beyond that, no one really knows what to expect from the new miniature version of the popular tablet, but we will soon find out.