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 we’re relying on the copious amount of live blogs saturating the Web to get the full Apple scoop. Here’s what we’ve learned so far.

Name: The latest iPad is not called “the iPad 3”, or the “HD iPad” as speculated, but simply “the new iPad.”

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.

Weight: 1.4 pounds.

Dimensions: Mashable reports the new iPad will be 9.7 inches long and 9.4 millimeters thick.

Presentation: The third version of the iPad has a 2048 x 1537-pixel “retina display.”
“It has 31 million pixels with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. That’s 1 million more pixels than an HD TV,” says marketing chief Phil Schiller said, according to AllThingsD.

Color: The tablet will be available in black and white.

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.

Battery power: Similar to the iPad 2, the new iPad has 10 hours for regular use, and nine hours of 4G LTE use.

Support: AllThingsD reports the new iPad is supported by an A5X chip “with quad-core graphics needed for new high-resolution display.”

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.