New iPad Arrives In The UK

Apple hit back at its rivals in the ever-growing tablet market last week with the global release of the new iPad.

Hundreds of iPad fans lined up outside Apple stores around the world to get their hands on the third-generation iPad, with many queuing all week to be among the first to purchase the new device.

The new iPad, or iPad 3, features a stunning higher resolution Retina Display and an improved 5MPcamera . Prices start at £399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model, rising to £659 for the top-of-the-range 64GB Wi-Fi and 4G version, although the ultra-fast 4G data service is currently not available in the UK.

It went on sale in the UK at 8am on Friday 16 March and is expected to sell a record 65 million units within a year in Britain alone.

Despite only featuring a few, albeit rather good, upgrades from its predecessors, analysts believe the new iPad will cement Apple’s position as the world’s leading tablet manufacturer for the next 12 months at least, despite growing competition from the likes of Samsung, Asus, Motorola and HTC .

Since virtually inventing the tablet market with the release of the original iPad in 2010, Apple has since gone on to sell more than 55million versions of its two incarnations so far.