iPad’s updated rear camera, which the company calls its iSight camera. It is a huge improvement over the iPad 2’s 0.7-megapixel shooter. If you’ve spent any time over on Apple’s iPad page, you’ve probably seen the exploded view of Apple’s five-element lens system, which was adopted from the iPhone. However you want to explain it, the photo quality is exceptional for a tablet, and we have the photos to prove it.

I still contend that it’s a bit silly waving a tablet around to capture photos and video, but I understand the counterpoint and I’ll admit that the iPad’s screen makes a better display than any camera, smartphone, or photo frame.

On the downside, there is no LED flash support for rear camera and front facing still has the same VGA quality for FaceTime chatting.

As the new iPad comes with a whopper Retina Display, the graphics processor (GPU) has been revamped to quad-core to juggle with 3 million pixels, and it does the job well. No stutter, no lag, beautiful display and colour contrast are all aptly handled by the new A5X chip.

Though the new iPad was touted to bring an improved A6 chip as predecessor had one A5 chip, the new dual-core processor is a disappointment. Especially, when the competitors are now sporting quad-core processors. But Apple claims that the iOS 5 does not need a quad-core muscle to run it. So far, their claim has proven its authenticity.

The “X” is there to signify that the graphics processor has been beefed up to quad-core. This seems to be a necessary measure for juggling four times the pixels of the previous model, but regardless, games and graphics perform fluidly.