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Apple's new iPad: 4G, retina display, no Siri, due out March 16

Apple chief executive Tim Cook introduces the new

Apple chief executive Tim Cook introduces the new iPad 3 Wednesday during an event in San Francisco. (March 7, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Apple has announced its latest iteration of the iPad. No, it's not the iPad 3 or the iPad HD. It's just the iPad.

The company also unveiled a new Apple TV. It's capable of streaming 1080p video from either the iCloud or Airplay.

As for the new iPad's specs:

The iPad's brains feature a  A5X dual-core CPU, not the next generation A6 tech geeks hoped for. But it will have quad-core graphics card that can handle a retina display with 2048×1536 pixels. According to Apple, this will give the iPad 1 million more pixels than your average 1080p HDTV.

The iPad looks to be a productivity and gaming powerhouse. Mike Capps, from Epic Games, says that it has more memory than an Xbox 360 or a PlayStation 3. From the game demos, the iPads graphics definitely rival that of those gaming consoles.

The iPad's rear camera is rated at 5 mega pixels and it will be able to capture 1080p video. Th rear camera also has an infrared filter and a 5-element lens -- similar to the iPhone 4S. The front camera stays the same.

One of the biggest announcements is the availability of 4G LTE models for Verizon and AT&T in the U.S. Apple says the iPad is capable of downloading 73 Mbps.

The battery life remains the same. An iPad with 4G will run for nine hours with continuous use, while a Wi-Fi only model goes up to 10 hours.

Apple made light of a new dictation app but Siri was not mentioned.

Physically, the iPad remains mostly unchanged, but it is slightly heavier and thicker. Same dock connector. Available in black and white.

Pricing stays the same. Base Wi-Fi model starts at $499 for 16 GB. If you want to go the 4G route, it's $629 for the 16 GB, $729 for 32 GB and $829 for 64 GB.

iPad 2's stay in production with a $100 price cut -- $399 for the 16 GB base model.

The iPad is due out March 16 and it's available for pre-order now.

See our live coverage below.


2:29 That's it. There you have. It's the iPad. Same prices, same battery life, retina display, upgraded processor and a new Apple TV  Check above for the final details.

2:27 Apple is calling the previous gen the "iPad 2" and this one "the new iPad."

2:25 iPad 2 stays in production: Drops $100, $399 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model. That's a bit higher than predictions . . .

2:17 No new dock connector, home button is still there, no SD slot.

2:16 iPhoto available today at the App Store for $4.99.

2:14 No mention of what this iPad will actually be called. Apple may be moving to not distinguishing between the different generations.

2:13 Cropping involves multitouch; pan, pinch, rotate, all with two fingers. Gesture based control seem to be a big thing.

2:10 iPhoto will work with images up to sizes in 19 mega pixels.

2:06 New new effects, gestures multi-touch editing, and you can beam photos directly between devices.

2:05 "It gives you great new ways to browse through all those photos, and it has truly groundbreaking ​ways to edit those photos."

2:04 New iPhoto app for iPad "and it is amazing."

2:02 iMovie has a refresh. This is going to have that movie trailer creation feature. $4.99, free upgrade for those who have it already.

2:00 Garage Band now has Smart Strings, a Note editor and you can push through iCloud too. Up to 4 iOS devices running Garage Band can collaborate over Wi-Fi.

1:56 "The Unreal engine is unleashing the power of the new iPad." iPad  "has more memory or screen resolution than either the Xbox 360 or the PS3."

1:55 Game is demoed. Infinity Blade: Dungeons. Graphics could challenge Sony's PS Vita.

1:54 "Wait until you see it and try it. Using your finger to draw on a screen you can't​ even see the pixels on. . . is truly a breakthrough."

1:50 New app. You can create paintings in Sketchbook Pro and import them to iPad.

1:49 New games are being showcased. Shows off the improved processor and retina display.

1:48 Same prices as current iPad, available on March 16. Pre-orders start today.

1:45 If you want 4G it's $629, $729 and $829.32GB is $599 and 64GB for $699. No 128GB yet. Base iPad $499 for 16GB. 

1:43 9.4 mm thin, weighing 1.4 pounds. Same profile but a bit heavier.

1:41 10 hours of battery life. 9 hours on 4G.

1:40 The iPad can now be a personal hot spot, if the carrier supports it.

1:39 Verizon, Rogers, Bell, Telus and AT&T will be the LTE partners. Each will have their own version of the iPad.

1:37 With HD video and 4G, this iPad could be a decent tool for live streaming.

1:36 New iPad will have 4G LTE. Will be capable of downloading 74 Mbps. Available for Verizon and AT&T

1:35 iPad has voice dictation with a mic in the front . . . but no direct mention of Siri.

1:32 Talking about the cameras. 5 megapixel on the back. Backside flash. HD 1080p video recording. Auto-exposure, autofocus, video stabilization

1:29 A5X processor, quad-core graphics. No A6 chip.

1:28 1 million more pixels than your 1080p HDTV at home.

1:27 It's 2048 x 1536, sure enough. That's 3.1 million pixels. "The most ever in a mobile device."

1:24 Full retina display like the iPhone 4S.

1:24 "We are redefining the category that Apple created with the original iPad."

1:24 New iPad announced.

1:23 "This is a key reason why momentum on iPad continues to build and the competitive tablets aren't gaining traction." Cook is talking about how great the iPad apps are . . .

1:20 "We sold 15.4 million in the last quarter alone."

1:20 "That brings us to iPad. We think the iPad is the poster child of the post PC world."

1:19 Apple TV retains same form factor as previous generation. "The new Apple TV retains the same low price of $99. You can get your orders in today, and I encourage you to do that."

1:18 iCloud users will be able to share  movies, music, photos between all their devices and the new Apple TV via the iCloud.

1:16 No word yet on what the device looks like, but it seems that there will be some sort of special integration with the imminent new iPad.

1:15 New Apple TV announced. 1080p. New interface looks more like iOS.

1:15 OS 5.1 announced, available today

1:14 100 million iCloud users. Cook announces iCloud will now support movies in full 1080p.

1:12: Currently 585,000 apps in App Store. Over 25 billion apps sold.

1:12 They show a graphic of 64 million apple devices sold in Q4 alone.

1:11 p.m. "One of our favorite new features of iOS is Siri."

1:11 p.m. "We sold 62 m of those devices just last quarter."

1:10 p.m. "Now another key to our post PC success is iOS. The world's most advanced operating system and the easiest to use. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are all based on it."

1:09 Cook is talking about the success of the Apple store.

1:08 The iPad "defined a whole new category. In many ways, the iPad is reinventing portable computing and it's outstripping the wildest of predictions."

1:07 p.m. "A revolutionary device that defined a whole new category. In many ways, it's reinventing portable computing, and outstripping the wildest of predictions."

1:06 p.m. "We have 3 post PC products. The iPod . . . the iPhone, and the iPad."

1:06: Tim Cook, Apple CEO, just hit the stage.

""We're talking about a world where the PC is no longer at the center of your digital world, but rather just a device. We're talking about a new world where the devices you use the most need to be more portable . . . and dramatically more easy to use than ever before."

Tags: Apple , iPad , Retina , tablets , iPhoto

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