The new iPad has 1 GB of RAM and a 1 GHz processor

A benchmark test for the new iPad

Some early benchmarks of the new iPad show that though there's been a bump in RAM up to 1 GB (from 512 MB in the iPad 2), the processor maintains the same 1 GHz clock speed.  These figures were pulled up from the Geek Bench app on a new iPad acquired a bit early by some folks in Vietnam. The tests also give us some idea of the power of the new Apple A5X quad-core graphics processor by assessing floating point performance and graphic streams. The memory managed about 300 MB/second read speeds, and 1 GB/second write.

While it's a little sad for gadget geeks that the new iPad won't be upgrading the CPU, it does have a lot more graphical horsepower for gamers, and the added RAM will help performance across the board. Specs aside, there's no doubt that Apple will be providing a smooth and enjoyable user experience on the new iPad; after all, it's not the size of your processor that matters, it's what you do with it.

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The new iPad has 1 GB of RAM and a 1 GHz processor

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Who the hell cares about CPU as long the experience is enjoyable. You have better CPU to make the experience more smooth with no lag in software, something apple has never suffered from . I don't even care abou the camera ( who uses a tablet as a point and shoot camera anyways that you need a 12 megapixel + camera) . All I care about is the retina screen ! That should be sick !

who the hell cares about the retina screen when the resolution is unnecessary for such a small screen.

Should you upgrade to the iPad (3rd gen)? See below...
First... Apple clearly stated during their iPad (3rd gen) launch event that the "New" iPad contains an A5X processor and the X is for the graphics addition.
It is clear that the iPad (3rd gen) with the upgraded display is aimed directly at the graphical content and gaming audience.
If you currently have an iPad (1st gen), then this is a great upgrade.
If you currently have an iPad (2nd gen) and are a gamer or photographer, then again this is a great upgrade.
If you are neither of the above, yet own an iPad (2nd gen) then my advice would be to wait for the iPad (4th gen) which will have the same graphics GPU but also with the new A6 processor. The only benefit to the A6 processor is that my prediction is that it will "finally" handle multitasking in a much more efficient way than the iPhone & iPad currently do.

"...my advice would be to wait for the iPad (4th gen) which will have the same graphics GPU but also with the new A6 processor."
I definitely wouldn't bet against this prediction.

I'd advise people that don't want to upgrade not to go look at the retina display on the new iPad. I did that with the 4 while I had 3GS and it was a mistake. Every time I looked at the 3GS after that it look blurry. I had to get the 4.

This is ultimately going to be the deciding factor on whether or not I throw some cash down on a new iPad.
If the retina display is just as noticeable a difference as it was between the 3GS and the 4... Im scrounging for cash immediately.
If not, well, I'll probably just take the cash and save up for two second gen iPads, for me and the GF.
I have high hopes, though.

Actually the extra RAM is a selling point for me. I own an ipad 2. It's great, butter smooth in almost everything. However, as much of an upgrade as they are over the original ipad, I've still thought it could benefit from more RAM. For example: I do a lot of writing in Pages. My docs get pretty long, and occasionally it'll cause the display to hiccup a bit. Adding some additional memory horsepower fixes one of the few potentially weak areas of the ipad for me. The retina display isn't exactly chopped liver either. :)

I agree that the extra RAM will make a difference in several areas where items need to be cached and retrieved for quick access.
I also believe that Apple had no choice but to add the extra RAM due to the requirements of the upgraded display. All that screen refresh data is going to hog some RAM and if they left it at 512 Megs then the iPad (3rd gen) would actually appear to run slower than the iPad (2nd gen).