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New iPad Announced: Apple Shows Off Its Next Tablet

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Posted March 7, 2012 - By Stephen Johnson

New iPad Announced: Apple Shows Off Its Next Tablet

Apple announced the new iPad, showing off the tablet device to the press and the internet world. The new iPad features a "retina display," 4G LTE internet and features the addition of Apple's new "virtual assistant" Siri. It will be available on March 16th; pre-orders start today.

Prices $499, $599, and $699 for 16, 32, and 64GB. $629, $729, and $829 with 4G.

Apple head Tim Cook introduced the new device, saying, "the iPad is the poster-child of the post-PC world.”

Here's what we know about the Apple iPad HD:

  • "Retina display" Much higher definition that previous display. 264 pixels per inch, better than 1080p, according to Apple. Better color saturation. Color saturation improved by 44 percent
  • A5X processor is confirmed, which means quad-core graphics, which means amazing games.
  • iSight Camera: 5-megapixel backside illuminated sensor on the back, 5-element lens, IR filter, and ISP built into the A5X chip. 1080p Video capable with built-in stabilization.

New iPad Announced: Apple Shows Off Its Next Tablet

  • Voice Dictation: This new iPad feature allows you to instantly record your voice, and yes, that means Siri.
  • 4G LTE capable: AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Bell, and Telus will be LTE parnters. LTE speeds up to 73Mbps.
  • World 3G: According to Cook, whichever carrier you use, you can "roam anywhere? around the world."

“We’ve sold almost 15.5 million iPads last quarter alone," Cook said, "We sold more iPads in the last quarter alone than any PC manufacturer sold in their entire line.”

Cook also said that the iPad is a "favorite for gamers," with many choosing it over consoles. Is this a shot across the bow at the gaming industry?

These are the bare facts on the new iPad, but if you want, deep, meaningful analysis, you have to tune into Attack of the Show at 7 PM ET. A host of Apple experts will be on hand to tell you what the new iPad will mean to you.

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