Apple has released details of the new iPad, which they are just calling "the new iPad". The new device has the Retina display, with four times the pixels of the original iPad and iPad 2 at 2048 x 1536 instead of 1024 x 768 on the 9.7" screen. This doesn't mean more pixels in the same space, but higher-definition pixels with four sub-pixels (approaching what the human eye sees as a continuous tone).
The new iPad gets the same 5-megapixel rear camera as the iPhone 4S, which can shoot HD video as well.
The processing power has been boosted, now with the faster Apple A5X CPU with a quad core graphics engine to handle the increase in pixels. The unit is thicker, by 0.03 inches than the iPad 2, which has a 0.34 inch thickness. The model with cellular (now with 4G LTE ability) is heavier: 1.5 pounds compared to 1.4 pounds with the iPad2. Apple claims the 4G will not diminish the battery life which is 9 to 11 hours. The iPad can now act as a hotspot just like the iPad with the catch of paying the hotspot data plan fee.
The new iPad does not have Siri, but did gain voice dictation capabilities throughout, similar to Android.
The new iPad will be available for purchase on March 16 in the United States with a few countries as well. The rest of the world will get it on March 23rd. It will be the same price as the iPad 2 at $499 for the Wi-Fi only model with a choice of black and white. The current price on the iPad 2 is at $399. The wireless 4G models start at $629.
During this same event Apple did announce updated Apple TV models with support for 1080p video with a more iOS-styled UI. The pricing on Apple TV is $99 and ships next week.
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