Mar 7, 2012

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Apple Reveals New iPad: Retina Display, Improved Camera, LTE, & More

Apple Reveals New iPad: Retina Display, Improved Camera, LTE, & More

Updated 3:20 PM CST – Apple has posted a video of today’s press conference, which you can watch online here.

Updated: 2:15 PM CST

Today, Apple held its iPad 3 press conference event to announce the newest version of their popular tablet. The first news was about other Apple products; for example, that Siri will come to Japan with iOS 5.1 and that iCloud will now support movies.

Along with this news, Apple revealed the latest version of Apple TV, which will now be full 1080p HD and have a new interface that is streamlined and easier to use, making it easier to find and play your content.

Of course, what everyone was waiting for was news about the iPad 3, and soon it was revealed: the new iPad (it’s “official” name) will have Retina Display, a 2048×1536 pixel screen, with over 3.1 million pixels and 264 pixels per inch. Although it’s not quite what the iPhone 4 sports, it’s still enough to call it a retina display. Adding to the beauty of the new display, the new iPad has over 44% greater color saturation than previous models, and it’s backed up by a new, more powerful quad-core A5X chip.

The new iPad will also feature a new, improved camera, with a 5MP backside illuminated sensor, five-element lens, hybrid IR filter, Apple ISP, auto exposure, auto focus, auto face detection, auto-exposure lock, and auto-focus lock. The new camera will also record videos in full 1080p HD.

Although it wasn’t stated that the iPad3 would support Siri, it will have a microphone and enable you to dictate in American English, British English, Australian English, French, German, and Japanese.

The new iPad has next-gen wireless: tech, too, and will support 4G/LTE (with a (theoretical) maximum of 73 Megabits per second download). Because Verizon and AT&T use different bands, two separate 4G models, one for each carrier, will be available. Although the iPad 2 supports EVDO and HSPA the new iPad has a great deal more: HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA. As Paul Schiller put it, “This new iPad has the most wireless bands of any device ever shipped.”

If you’re worried about the battery life, the new iPad doesn’t sacrifice here; you can expect about 10 hours with WiFi, nine with LTE. The new device will be available in white or black, in WiFi-only or LTE models, and will stick to the same pricepoint: $499, $599, and $699 for the 16, 32, and 64 GB models, respectively, with an addition $129 more for the 4G models.

Apple has the official comparison sheet up, and it looks like, as expected, the new iPad has similar dimensions and design as the iPad 2, with a slight thickness and weight difference in the new model.

Both the new Apple TV and the new iPad will be available March 16, with pre-orders starting today – and it’s best to pre-order if you want to secure yours.

Along with the announcement of the new tablet, Apple promises many apps will be updated as well – check out our next post for details on what to expect from the software.