Apple released the iPad 3 a few months back, adding a higher resolution retina screen, an improved camera and a 4G internet data option. While these are all nice improvements to an already great tablet, they’re not essential for pilots using the iPad as an electronic flight bag. In fact to support the retina screen and 4G internet data, the iPad 3 contains a larger battery making it a bit thicker and heavier than the iPad 2.
The good news is that Apple is still selling the 16GBiPad 2, with a lowered price of $399 (the iPad 3 starts at $499). And a recent report from Anandtech reveals that the iPad 2 contains an improved processor, offering up to 30% more battery life than what the original iPad 2 did. This is a good option for anyone looking to get a brand new iPad at a great price.
Read more about the improved iPad 2 here: The iPad 2 boasts bigger battery, says report.