Apple unveils the new iPad
The new iPad has been revealed. Big surprise! (Yeah right!)
At Apple's press conference today, the company unveiled the tablet to the surprise of no one with access to information. That hardly matters, as the new iPad makes up for its inability to keep itself secret with the new features it will bring to the table.
As has been expected, the new iPad (Apple never referred to it as the iPad 3 or iPad HD) will come with a Retina Display. This will boast a 2045x1536 resolution, 3.2 million pixels, and 264 ppi (stands for Pixels Per Inch). The clarity is such that when holding the tablet at 15 inches, pixels edges will be undetectable.
Powering the display is a dual-core A5X CPU and a quad-core GPU that, according to Apple, is twice as fast as the Tegra 3 chips used in several Android devices. Like the display, the iPad's rear-facing camera has also been upgraded and now sports a 5MP sensor, a Hybrid IR filter, auto-exposure and auto-focus, and 1080p video recording. This is similar to the tech currently employed in the iPhone 4S' camera.
Apple's new device weighs in at 1.4lbs and is 9.4mm thin, has a 10 hour battery life (9 when using 4G), and it looks, surprisingly, identical to the iPad 1 and 2.
Most of you probably don't care about the specs and the weight, though. No, most of you are probably wondering "when the heck is he going to tell us when we can get it?" Well, in order to satisfy, I happy to announce that the new iPad will be available on March 16, only nine days away. Pre-orders begin today.
The tablet will come in black and white and will be priced at $499 for the 16GB version, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for the 64GB model. For those who'd rather go for something not-so pricy, the iPad 2 has received a price drop, with the 16GB version available for $399.
Excited? Planning on buying the new iPad on day one? Feel free to express your feelings over all you have read in the comment box below.
You can watch the iPad keynote and promotional video at Apple.com.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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