Apple announces new iPad

The wait is over and the rumors have been put to rest; Apple has announced its new iPad.

It’s name? Uh, well the company only referred to it as “the new iPad” in its presentation in San Francisco today, but iPad HD sounds like a name that’s going to catch on quite soon.

Two main features headline this year’s upgrade. The first is a retina display, capable of outputting 2048 x 1536 resolution with 3.1 million pixels – over a million more pixels on screen, with 264 pixels per inch. That includes 40 percent better color saturation to make your viewing experiences quite something. The company noted that it was hard to show off the screen during the presentation, as only seeing it for yourself does it justice. This is all complimented by an improved, 5 megapixel iSight camera capable of recording 1080p video and an A5X processor with quad-core graphics.

The other big addition, though, is 4G, with carriers like Verizon and AT&T already on board. In addition to the high speed access, it will allow you to make your iPad a personal hotspot.

Voice dictation was another feature that Apple touted.

Despite these lovely new additions the device will keep both the iPad 2’s battery life (10 hours normal, 9 hours 4G) and pricing, meaning pricing ranges from $499 – $699 for non-4G models and up to $829 for 4G ones. It’s a tad heavier than its predecessor though, weighing in at 1.4lbs. The iPad 2 will, however, continue production and see a $100 price drop.

All these new doohickeys were put to the test during the presentation, with a strong presence from the development community. First up, Namco arrived to show off an Ace Combat-alike called Sky Gamblers, while Epic president Mike Capps returned with a look at Infinity Blade: Dungeons, a new entry in the hugely popular iOS series. Capps noted that the device was running with more memory than either PS3 or 360.

Pre-orders will begin today for the legions that will flock to the stores on day one. It’ll launch on March 16.

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