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Apple’s new iPad: more successful than the iPad 2?

Apple’s hot new device, the iPad (we have no special name for this one, it’s that special), is due to go on sale worldwide this Friday.

Unveiled at an Apple press conference last week, to an awful lot of fanfare, the new iPad is expected to do big things for Apple this year.

There’s no denying the quality of Apple’s latest device – the specs are fantastic, and Apple has really stepped up its game once again. But can it beat the success of the iPad 2?

Apple’s previous-gen iPad was a runaway success when it was released last year, as is pretty much every device that it chooses to release.

But the iPad 2’s specs, which were not to be sniffed at, have been blown out of the water by the latest tablet from the US tech giant.

Featuring a quad-core graphics processor, a decent 5MP camera (with the same optics that feature in the iPhone 4S), and 4G connectivity, the iPad is the tablet to beat.

That’s not to mention the iPad’s display. The amazing retina display has the highest pixel density of any mobile device, let alone tablet, out there at the moment.

The 2048 x 1536 resolution gives us 3.1 million pixels within the display – a million more than the majority of HD TVs out there. But will these specs convert into sales?

Of course they will, but by just how much remains to be seen. But if some analysts are to be believed, the new iPad will be Apple’s most successful to date.

“With our checks indicating record pre-orders and two to three week wait times for new iPads, we anticipate a record iPad launch this weekend,” analysts Canaccord Genuity told Reuters.

They have raised their predictions of iPad sales to a whopping 65 million for 2012, rising to a jaw-dropping 90 million in 2013. If the pre orders are anything to go by, these predictions could not be far off.