Apple has just unveiled an all new iPad at today’s media event in San Francisco. A stunning 9.7″ Retina display, a quad-core Apple A5X processing chip, a 5-MegaPixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, a new Voice Dictation feature, superior battery and the powerful 4G LTE wireless technology, takes what is already the world’s best tablet, to a whole new level.
As Tim Cook said about the new iPad’s Retina display, “Until you see it you can’t understand how amazing it is”. With 2048 x 1536 resolution and 3.1 million pixels, it’s the highest resolution display ever incorporated in a mobile device. The display also has 44 percent greater saturation than the previous iPad.
The new iPad is 9.4mm thin and weighs only 1.4 lb., hosting an all new A5X quad-core processor which has been optimized for Retina graphics. Comparing to a Tegra 3, Apple says the A5 is “twice as fast” while the new A5X offers “four times the performance“.
There’s also an all new 5-Megapixel backside illuminated iSight camera on the back sporting a 5-element lens, IR filter and Image Stabilization built into the A5X chip. Features like auto-exposure, auto-focus and face detection are also built-in.
The new iPad’s camera is also capable of recording full HD 1080p video with video stabilization.
A Voice Dictation has also been incorporated into the new iPad. The feature simply adds a new key on the bottom of iPad’s keyboard, a microphone, for dictating text to the iPad.
The new iPad supports 21Mbps HSPA+, 42Mbps DC-HSDPA as well as the widely expected 4G LTE with speeds up to 73Mbps. As announced by Apple, Verizon, Rogers, Bell, Telus and AT&T will be the LTE partners.
The new iPad also supports the personal hotspot feature and has battery life of 10-hours with 9-hours on 4G LTE.
The new iPad will be available on March 16th with pre-orders starting today in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and others (see list below).
Keeping a similar price tag and storage capacities as the iPad 2, the new iPad will be available at the following prices:
- 16GB Wifi – $499
- 32GB Wifi - $599
- 64GB Wifi – $699
- 16GB Wifi + 4G – $629
- 32GB Wifi + 4G – $729
- 64GB Wifi + 4G – $899
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