It is no less than astounding to manipulate photo-reality with your fingertips. It’s a joyous experience that words cannot convey. It has to be done to be believed.

Of course, not all apps take advantage of the Retina Display. Most apps simply have their pixels doubled to fill it up. They still look nice — nicer than they did on last year’s model. But apps that have been optimized for the Retina Display make it seem like you’re bending reality with the tip of your finger. And in a sense, you are.

By this time next year, if not sooner, nearly all apps will be optimized for the Retina Display. The magic will be everywhere.

So, yes, the new iPad takes better pictures and has a battery that still lasts nine or ten hours and can access Verizon’s or AT&T’s LTE networks and has quad-core graphics and all that. But so what? The new iPad is all about the screen, and there is nothing else like it available anywhere in the world at any price.

I’m in love, and I suspect you might fall, too.

ONE MORE THING: This review and all photo editing done for this review were performed on a new iPad. I love it when people call it a “consumption device.”

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