New iPad on the Way
Price tag remains the same, but updates galore.
In a much-buzzed about announcement that was not a surprise to anyone with Internet access, Apple debuted the latest reincarnation of the iPad at a splashy event today at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. We think our invite [pictured, right] to the event must have gotten spammed, so weâ€™re relying on the copious amount of live blogs saturating the Web to get the full Apple scoop. Hereâ€™s what weâ€™ve learned so far.
â€˘ Name: The latest iPad is not called â€śthe iPad 3â€ť, or the â€śHD iPadâ€ť as speculated, but simply â€śthe new iPad.â€ť
â€˘ Price point: the 16 GB iPad with Wi-Fi will start at $499; $599 for the 32GB version; and the tablet with 64 GB is available for $699. According to AllThingsD, the 4G wireless versions cost $130 more a pop. ABC News reports the iPad 2 will now be sold at a beginning price of $399.
â€˘ Weight: 1.4 pounds.
â€˘ Dimensions: Mashable reports the new iPad will be 9.7 inches long and 9.4 millimeters thick.
â€˘ Presentation: The third version of the iPad has a 2048 x 1537-pixel â€śretina display.â€ť
â€śIt has 31 million pixels with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. Thatâ€™s 1 million more pixels than an HD TV,â€ť says marketing chief Phil Schiller said, according to AllThingsD.
â€˘ Color: The tablet will be available in black and white.
â€˘ Sales: In Q4 2011, 15.4 million iPads were sold. The new iPad is available for pre-order today, and for sale on March 16.
â€˘ Battery power: Similar to the iPad 2, the new iPad has 10 hours for regular use, and nine hours of 4G LTE use.
â€˘ Support: AllThingsD reports the new iPad is supported by an A5X chip â€świth quad-core graphics needed for new high-resolution display.â€ť
â€˘ Networks: Coming to AT&T and Verizon. The new iPad will also act as a Personal Hotspot, allowing laptops, etc. to use its signal for Internet access.
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