Best of the Best 2012: Personal Technology: Apple iPad

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The Apple iPad ( is yet another testament to the vision of Steve Jobs, who introduced the first version in early 2010. The third generation of the tablet, which Apple debuted in March—and famously sold 3 million units of in the first three days on the market—offers an unrivaled user experience. Upgrades from the two previous versions of the device include Apple’s Retina display, which pre­sents 3.1 million pixels with 44 percent greater color saturation in the same 9.7-inch screen as the second-generation iPad. The new version also offers the faster, more powerful A5X processor chip; a 5-megapixel iSight camera; the ability to connect with 4G data networks; and Apple AirPlay, which lets users easily stream music and high-definition movies from their iPad to their Apple TV or AirPlay-equipped audio-video systems. Prices for the new iPad range from $499 to $829, depending on storage capacity and connectivity options.