Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple product launch event at Yerba Buena… (Kevork Djansezian/Getty…)
Apple unveiled its plans for the new iPad March 7 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif. Two years after the first iPad launched, Apple layed out what consumers can expect from the latest version of the tablet. (Source: The New York Times live blog)
-Apple sold 15.4 million iPads in the fourth quarter.
-It’s not called the iPad 3, it’s just called The New iPad.
-It has Apple’s high-resolution Retina Display.
-The new display is 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, more than 3.1 million pixels (1 million more than a 1080p high-definition TV). This is four times more pixels than the older iPad.
-It will have a more powerful processor: the Apple A5X quad-core chip. It has twice the graphics performance of the older chip.
-The new iPad will come with the iSight camera, a 5-megapixel sensor. This is the camera on the back of the iPad. The front still has a FaceTime camera.
-iSight has face detection and video recording at 1080p resolution.
-Voice detection, and a new key next to the space bar with a mic icon that turns on.
-It has 4G LTE wireless capabilities, for faster data connections when not connected to WiFi.
-Video buffering will go faster.
-AT&T and Verizon will be the carriers in the U.S.
-LTE iPads in the U.S. will be configured for each network. The new iPads are compatible with 3G networks globally.
-Battery life is nine hours on 4G, 10 hours on 3G.
-Cost is $499 at the low end.
-Capacities are 16-, 32- and 64-gigabytes. Prices are same as previous lineup.
-New model available March 16, pre-orders start today, March 7.
-All apps have been updated to account for the new display and processor.