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Apple Unveils New iPad

Starting price is still $499
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2012 1:07 PM CST
Apple Unveils New iPad
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.

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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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