Apple Unveils New iPad

Starting price is still $499
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2012 1:07 PM CST
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple product launch event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 7, 2012 in San Francisco, California.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Apple launched its new iPad at a highly anticipated event today, the first major product announcement since Steve Jobs' death. As predicted, the new tablet features retina display and is available in a 4G LTE version on both Verizon and AT&T. With a resolution of 2048 x 1536, that's 3.1 million pixels—or 1 million more pixels than an HDTV. The new iPad also features an A5X processor and quad-core graphics, a 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p video recording, and voice dictation—which Tim Stevens of Engadget calls "a taste of Siri." The price is still $499 for a 16GB version, or $629 for the same size on 4G.

As for battery life: 10 hours, or nine if you're using 4G. It's still thin at 9.4mm, but weighs slightly more at 1.4 pounds; Mashable notes that it will be available in both black and white. A 32GB version will set you back $599 ($729 for 4G), or you can grab a 64GB version for $699 ($829 for 4G). It's out March 16 and can be pre-ordered today. The new Apple TV, out on the same day and also available for pre-order, was also displayed; it supports 1080p and costs $99. CEO Tim Cook also announced that iOS 5.1 is out today, and introduced Siri in Japanese. (Read more Apple stories.)

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