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iPad 3 can run for 9 hours straight on LTE. Here's why

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iPad 3 can run for 9 hours straight on LTE. Here's why
So, the new iPad is here, and it sure looks impressive on paper: Retina display, A5X processor with enhanced graphics, and LTE connectivity – all of these goodies while retaining the same great battery life. To be more specific, the new iPad can deliver 10 hours of continuous use on a single charge, or 9 hours if the 4G LTE radio is in use, according to Apple. How could that be possible?

The answer is quite simple actually. While checking out the hardware specs of the new iPad, we noticed that it comes with a 42.5Wh (watt-hour) battery. That is nearly twice the capacity of the iPad 2's battery cell, which is rated at 25Wh. However, as a battery's capacity increases, so does its physical size, which explains why the new iPad is slightly thicker than its predecessor. It has a thickness of 0.37 inches (9.4 mm), while the iPad 2 is only 0.34 inches (8.8 mm) thick. Still, not that big of a deal, in our opinion.

For everything related to Apple's new tablet, you can check out all our iPad 3 coverage.

source: Apple

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posted on 07 Mar 2012, 16:46 11

1. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


Well that is impressive no matter how you look at it.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 16:48 9

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


it still only gets 10hrs on wifi. which means no improvement at all in battery life in an entire year.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 18:32 6

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 22071; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Man shutup

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 18:54 5

30. galaxyisking (Posts: 58; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


WTH IS THE IPAD 3. I THOUGHT IT WAS THE NEW IPAD.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 19:29 5

33. jove39 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Dude...I am not Apple fanboy(I kinda hate iOS)...but give credit where it is due-
1. Highest pixel density display in tablets.
2. Quad-core gpu...Nvidia Tegra3 doesn't compare to SGX543MP2 let alone SGX543MP4.
3. Read post title again..."iPad 3 can run for 9 hours straight on LTE"...you notice word LTE? wifi and LTE are diff as you may know.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 20:01 3

34. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


dude... i know how to read.

ipad 2 gets 10hrs battery life on wifi w/25Whr battery

new ipad gets 10hrs battery life on wifi w/42.5Whr battery

that is bad in my book.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 08:04

46. xvengence42 (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


And youre probably an Android fanboy.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 14:07

48. shabbir_ene (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


I recently bought ipad3 and the battery life is awesome. The tab runs butterly smooth and the display is pretty good

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 20:08 3

36. c.hack (Posts: 613; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


The tablet has many more pixels to control as well as a much more powerful GPU.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 20:21 2

40. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


the new GPU is actually supposed to use less power than the gpu on the ipad 2.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 02:41 1

45. stealthd (unregistered)


Yeah, on the same work load, not when it's pushing 4x the pixels.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 14:11

49. shabbir_ene (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


You got retina display,quad core gpu,1gb ram,5mp camera and will get Siri with ios 6... What else u want

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 16:51 8

3. Schuler28 (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Haha what a fail Apple. If i had an iPad 2 i see no upgrade it still has Dual core what's up with that. Resoloution sounds good but when I look at my Asus Transfromer Prime I do't see it pixelated. But whatever some people will wast $500 on this device but I ain't one and still 30fps? My Asus pulls 60fps, Apple you better have good advertising if you want people to buy this.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 17:58 5

12. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Of course people are going to buy it, it is by Apple.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 18:16 8

18. Schuler28 (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Hah dumb people

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 16:52 10

4. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


"the new iPad can deliver 10 hours of continuous use on a single charge".

the ipad 2 also lasts 10 hrs on a charge.

the Acer ICONIA TAB A700 lasts 10 and a half hours.

10 hrs isnt revolutionary it is standard.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 17:02 6

5. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


It is apparently when it comes to being a feature in an apple product

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 17:11 6

6. phonton (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


lol !! very true.. Apple fanboys will believe that its a revolution!

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 17:21 5

8. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


we dont believe is a revolution.. only you guys... not one Apple consumer has said is a revolution... only the haters..

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 18:00 5

13. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


articles that say stuff like:
"the new iPad can deliver 10 hours of continuous use on a single charge... How could that be possible?"

make it sound revolutionary. as if 10 hrs was never possible before.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 18:07 3

15. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


that is for the people that ask.. "how many hours canI get on a single charge?".. is called information.. at least thats how i took it

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 18:08

16. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


9-10 hour of battery usage is actually rather nice when the resolution/screen display, camera, and mostly all of the features are upgraded.

and there are some big upgrades from the previous ipad.. but i'll still wait til the next galaxy tab. This years galaxy tab 2 was rather honestly disappointing.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 08:07

47. xvengence42 (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


well android still has yet to make a device that can even make it through a day without being charged. except the droid maxx but they had to overhaul the battery to get it to that point.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 17:14 7

7. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Everything Apple does is a revolution! How dare you speak blasphemy! /sarcasm

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 18:03 7

14. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


The new iPad sucks just wait till Asus release their next tablet, it will destroy the iPad. The Transformer prime already gets 12+ without the dock, which adds an extra 6 hours. And Its Quad Core.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 18:37 1

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 22071; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


What's the benefits of quad core that u won't get with dual that's properly optimized for the software. I'll tell u. Not one. Quad core isn't even saturated I to the market yet,just a few devices have em. People want usability,performance,and dependability. Not quad core. Lmao it's quad core... Shutup!

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 20:01 1

35. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


First off that has nothing to do with the article. And I was talking about how it affects battery life, nothing to do with the iPad's usability,performance,and dependability. And to be honest Quad Core makes multi-tasking snappier, with one core without hyper threading the Os can only process one task at a time so add more cores more multitasking.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 18:43

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 22071; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Qqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqquuuuuuuuuuuuuaaaaaaaaaaaadddddddd​dd cccccccccccooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeee quad core qcqcqcqc

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 20:09 2

37. c.hack (Posts: 613; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Just like the Xoom killed the iPad?

The droidblets are a joke at best. $500 for sluggish, buggy and clumsy tablets with no decent apps. Why do you think after more than a year they are all flops.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 22:41 2

42. xtian1103 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


i think i've read that phrase " it will destroy the IPad " over a million times! 2012 and still doesn't sell well against a kindle fire let alone the ipad!

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