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Summary:

Apple’s new iPad–apparently just called “the new iPad”–has a faster processor, a better display, and support for both AT&T and Verizon’s 4G LTE networks. It will cost the same amount as its predecessor and become available later in March.

March 2012 iPad launch event

March 2012 iPad launch eventIt’s official: Apple has announced a new iPad.

Apparently just called “the new iPad,” it will come with the much-rumored Retina Display, with four times as many pixels as the iPad 2. It will also come with 4G LTE wireless networking for both Verizon and AT&T’s networks, fulfilling two of the main rumors leading up to Wednesday’s event in San Francisco.

Apple also updated the camera on the iPad with a 5 megapixel sensor and inserted a new chip it’s calling the A5X. Apple also included what it called “quad-core graphics,” the details of which whizzed by during the 90-minute event but will be interesting to the gaming app development community.

iPad users will also be able to run Siri, Apple’s voice-driven personal assistant, on the new device.

The basic version will start at $499, just like the iPad 2, and it will be available on March 16. Apple will continue to sell the iPad 2 but reduced the price to $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model.

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  1. Why the hell not call it iPad 3? Who cares…

  2. I think that it is still an open question whether the chip is quad-core. Apple said quad-core graphics which sounds like the GPU. That makes it likely that the CPU is a dual-core. It’s an improvement but Apple used a bit of marketing obfuscation to confuse the debate.

  3. Lucian Armasu Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    It’s not a quad core chip, considering everyone thinks about “dual core” or “quad core” when they mean the CPU. If it were a quad core, then we’d be calling the Galaxy S2 with its quad core GPU a quad core phone, too, or we’d be calling Tegra 3 tablets, 12-core tablets. But we don’t, since most people refer to the CPU, and for good reason, considering it’s the most important part of the chip, handling the vast majority of tasks.

    1. You guys are right, that part was unclear before and I’ve updated the story. We’ll try to follow up specifically on the chip angle.

  4. Tech Gatherer Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    Since it’s confirmed that the new display will be 2048×1536 we’re trying to gather the best iPad HD Wallpapers at http://www.freewallpapersforipad.com/
    Check them out, we add more by the minute :)

  5. Actually, no Siri, just the dictation part of it…but no command interface.

  6. What about Siri? Was expecting an update on this AI tool on this New iPad.

  7. Nicholas Burman Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    Call it what you like. Whether Apple officially call it the iPad 3, the iPad HD or iPad George, everyone will call it the iPad 3.

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