Apple’s new iPad: 4G, high-res display, quad-core graphics

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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