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Apple CEO: The new iPad "takes it to a whole new level"



ipad_hero.jpgThe wait is finally over. After days and weeks of speculation, Apple announced its new iPad called ... the new iPad. "Until you see it, you can't understand how amazing it is," Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the invitation-only event in San Francisco.

Here are the highlights:

Retina display: 264 pixels per inch means you get 44 percent greater color saturation.

New "A5X" chip: "X" is for quad-core graphics, which will be capable of handling more graphic-intense games. 

Camera: The built-in camera gets an upgrade with a 5-megapixel sensor. That's the same technology as in the iPhone 4S.

HD video recording: Record in 1080p, like the iPhone 4S. It uses the A5X chip for stabilization.

Microphone: Tap the button at the bottom to speak

Network: Next-generation 4G LTE wireless. With LTE, the maximum download is 73 Mbps compared to the 3G HSPA+ download capability of 21 Mbps.

Battery: 10-hour battery life, 9 hours when on 4G

Size and weight: 1.4 millimeters thick, and 1.4 pounds.

Colors: Black or white


$499 16GB Wi-Fi

$599 32GB Wi-Fi

$699 64GB Wi-Fi

$629 16GB Wi-Fi plus 4G

$729 32GB Wi-Fi plus 4G

$829 64GB Wi-Fi plus 4G

The iPad2 will stay in the lineup, and will be $399 for 16GB Wi-Fi and $529 for 16GB Wi-Fi and 3G.

Available on March 16.

iWorks and iLife

New features for Apple Apps were also introduced. These are available today.

iWork: The suite of office applications get updated with 3D charts and animations, builds and transitions. $9.99

Garageband: New are "smart strings," note editor, iCloud integration and sharing. Another new feature is the Jam Session where you can connect up to four iOS devices by BlueTooth or Wi-Fi and play together. $5, free update.

iMovie: In addition to movies, you can now create movie trailers on the iPad. (This was available in the last OSX application). Much like a visual storyboard, the app guides you with what clips to use. Music is included in the app templates. $4.99, update is free.

iPhoto: New browsing, and new ways to edit using the multitouch editing. You can get professional quality effects, and "Photo Beaming" lets you send a high resolution photo between your iOS devices. You can build a Photo Journal which is a scrapbook you can share. $4.99

Apple TV

First up in the announcements was the new 1080p-capable Apple TV, which is available on March 16. But you can preorder now. $99

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 2:59pm]


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