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Apple unveils new iPad

Lex Friedman | March 8, 2012
The new tablet sports a Retina display, a vastly improved camera, the new A5X processor, the high-speed mobile broadband technology LTE, and voice dictation support. Rather than give the iPad a new name like iPad 3 or iPad HD, Apple appears to be calling the new iPad simply “iPad” or the third-generation iPad.

In fact, the iPad will support HSPA+ with a maximum downlink of 21 Mbps, dual-carrier HSDPA with a maximum of 42 Mbps, and LTE with a maximum of 73 Mbps download. Schiller described the performance of the upgraded broadband technology as “amazing.”

The new iPad will work with Verizon, Rogers, Bell, Telus, and AT&T for LTE support, Schiller said. All iPads will offer 3G support. The iPad can also now serve as a personal hotspot, if your carrier supports it. Because of different technologies at play, there will be different iPads for Verizon and AT&T’s networks.

As before, iPads with cellular broadband cost $130 more than the Wi-Fi-only models.

Other details

Schiller said that the iPad still offers 10 hours of battery life, and nine hours on LTE. It’s 9.4mm thin, and weighs 1.4 pounds. The iPad will be available in 16, 32, and 64GB capacities, just like its predecessors; the pricing remains the same—$499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. The models with LTE and 3G support cost $130 more.

Pre-orders for the new iPad start Wednesday, Schiller said, with the iPad available starting March 16 in the US, Canada, France, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, and others. A week later, the iPad will be available in 25 more countries.

Schiller also said that Apple is offering updated versions of its iWork suite for the Retina display, a new version of iMovie with support for movie trailers, an update for GarageBand that adds the ability for four iOS device users to jam together, and a new app: iPhoto for iOS.

The iPad 2

Schiller said that Apple will continue to offer the iPad 2 in a 16GB model for $399, with a Wi-Fi + 3G model available for $529.

Updated 2:23 p.m. ET to add details about cheaper iPad 2, clarify processor details, and specify that the new iPad is named simply iPad.

 

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