Apple’s new iPad official: Retina Display, lands March 16

Apple has officially taken the wrappings off the hotly-anticipated next generation iPad at its press event in San Francisco. While there weren’t too many surprises on the iPad’s spec sheet, the new iPad marks huge technological leaps beyond that in the currently available iPads, including the first true HD 1080p display.

The specs:

  • A5x dual-core processor with quad-core graphics
  • 9.7″ HD Retina display, with a 2,048 x 1,536 resolution and 3.1 million pixels, about 1 million more than a 1080p display. Display has 40% better color saturation than previous models.
  • LTE connectivity with Verizon and AT&T networks (and Rogers, Bell, and Telus), 21 mbps HSPA+, 42 mbps DC-HSDPA
  • iOS 5.1 with Siri-like voice dictation
  • 5 megapixel 1080p iSight backside illuminated camera, 5 element lens, IR filter, ISP, and video stabilization
  • Front-facing HD camera
  • Bigger battery for a prolonged battery life (and to support the battery-sucking LTE radios) with 10 hours of normal use on WiFi, and a whopping 9 hours on LTE
  • 16/32/64 GB storage options
  • White and Black casing
  • 9.4 mm thin, weighing in at 1.4 lbs
  • Over 200,000 custom iPad applications

Apple touts that the A5x dual-core processor is twice as fast and offers four times the performance of nVidia’s quad-core Tegra 3, though we don’t know what benchmark info they’re basing that claim on.

Apple’s new iPad will come in at the same price points as the current iPad 2, with the WiFi model starting at $499 for 16GB, and the WiFi + 3G/LTE 16 GB model starting at $629. Prices go up $100 from there for each of the storage options. The iPad 2 will see a $100 price cut across the board, similar to what Apple did with the original iPad when the iPad 2 launched last year.

New iPad pricing:

  • WiFi, 16GB – $499
  • WiFi, 32GB – $599
  • WiFi, 64 GB – $699
  • WiFi + LTE, 16 GB – $629
  • WiFi + LTE, 32 GB – $729
  • WiFi + LTE, 64 GB – $829

Preorders for all iPad variants will begin today, with the devices making its way into retail stores starting next Friday, March 16th. The iPad will be available in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan on launch day. The iPad will be available at multiple retailers at launch, though will likely face the same supply shortages that both of the previous iPads saw for the first few weeks. To preorder directly from the source, be sure to head on over to the Apple Store (once it opens back up, of course).


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