Apple new iPad: Need to Know

Has Apple improved the cameras?

Apple has significantly boosted the rear camera on the new iPad, which was one of the main weaknesses of the previous device.

The tablet comes with a 5-megapixel camera, which is dubbed with a new, catchy title;iSight'. Apple has incorporated a /2.4 aperture lens and a backside illumination sensor to help capture sharp images, even in low-light surroundings. Users will also be able to record video in full 1080p HD.

Features such as tap to focus, face detection, video stabilisation and geo-tagging are also present. There is no LED flash though, and Apple is likely saving this addition for the fourth generation iPad - the 'newer iPad' perhaps?

Meanwhile, the front-facing FaceTime' camera will be able to take VGA-quality photos and record video at up to 30 frames per second.

Does the new iPad have LTE capabilities?

The new iPad includes support for high-speed LTE networks or 4G as it will also be known.

Unfortunately, UK users will not be able to take full advantage of enhanced connectivity just yet as the relevant infrastructure is not in place. However, the iPad does come with HSPA+ support, which is a supped up version of 3G and provides download speeds of up to 21.1Mbps.

What version of iOS will the new iPad run?

The new iPad will ship with iOS 5.1, the latest version of Apple's proprietary mobile operating system. Key upgrades include the ability to delete photos from Photo Stream and the redesigned camera app comes with enhanced face detection.

Apple is also confident the update will resolve any battery life issues, although these problems were largely confined to the iPhone.

Khidr Suleman is the Technical Editor at IT Pro, a role he has fulfilled since March 2012. He is responsible for the reviews section on the site  - so get in touch if you have a product you think might be of interest to the business world. He also covers the hardware and operating systems beats. Prior to joining IT Pro, Khidr worked as a reporter at Incisive Media. He studied law at the University of Reading and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism and Online Writing at PMA Training.