Apple is notorious for announcing it’s products during it’s own private press events, outside of those similar to CES, where all the major players roam. Apple doesn’t take part in them… they do things on their own time.

On Wednesday, Apple officially announced it’s new edition to the iPad line-up, and many of the qualities users have been waiting for have officially arrived! Here are the latest editions to the new iPad, which will be released SOON.

Slightly New Design

The new iPad comes with a slightly new design that consumers are sure to love. It still has a beautifully curved back made of aluminum, but it’s slightly different than what rumors were leading you to believe. The curves and bezels are beautiful, and you will love the aesthetics that Apple has put into the device. The iPad will still have the same size display (which is likely to help developers). The new iPad is 9.4mm thin, weighing 1.4lbs. This is slightly heavier than the previous models, but this comes with new technology built in, and a larger battery.;

Retina Display

A gorgeous 2048 x 1536 screen resolution at an impressive 264ppi brings one of the sharpest displays in the history of tablet computing to the market. Consumers will enjoy games with even more stunning graphics, movies will play brighter and sharper than ever before, and text will pop out of the page within your favorite books.

The new display catches Apple up to the rest of the pack in specifications, and then passes them with ease. You really don’t understand until you see it. Don’t let specs get in your way… see it with your eyes. There is 44% more saturation of colors, giving you vibrant, and distinct separation in the interface.

New Processing Power For Graphics and More

The next iPad has an amazing display, far surpassing the previous models in every way. It stands to reason then that Apple would need to include better hardware behind it, to allow apps to take full advantage of everything it can present to their customers.

The next generation iPad comes with a brand new A5X chipset, pushing the iPad faster than the previous A5 predecessor did, and rendering graphics at a stunning increases with QUAD-CORE graphics as well. Although they didn’t mention this at the presentation, some may believe the device will wield 1GB of RAM to get you through your day, although we are unable to confirm that at this time.

iSight Camera Improvements

The new iSight camera on the back is 5 MP with a backside illuminated sensor, 5-element lens, IR filter, and Image Stabilization built into the new A5X chip. – With the new hardware behind the camera, it’s essentially an iPhone 4S camera, in regards to quality of images. The camera experience still comes with auto focus, auto white balance, and face detection for getting those photos as great as can be.

The new camera (on the back) also comes with video stabilization, temporal noise reduction, and 1080p Video recording.

The new iPad comes with Voice Dictation

Dictation supports US English, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese languages. It’s close to the virtual voice assistant that was introduced with the iPhone 4S, allowing you to speak what you want to type, rather than being forced to type it. Apple has since set the standard high for voice recognition technology with Siri, and voice dictation on the iPad will be a welcome addition.

A Larger Battery, Keeping You On The Go For Longer

The new iPad is naturally going to suck more juice to operate due to the increase in power, which is why Apple has included a slightly larger battery in the device, giving you the experience you love without having to sacrifice reliability and longevity. One of the most popular ways manufacturers do this is the increase the size of the battery. Apple has done that, but with iOS 5, power management takes that type of efficiency to the next level. This is the reason why the new iPad weighs a little more, but honestly, nobody is going to really notice it, and nobody will really care with this increase in performance.

Since it has a slightly larger battery, you’ll still get 10 hours of usage time, with 9 hours on 3G. Same lifespan in every way… just faster.

The New iPad is LTE-Capable

There was a lot of speculation on whether Apple was going to include 4G (LTE) functionality with the next iPad, and I believe many people will be happy when they find out that it’s indeed included. Verizon has been on the forefront of LTE technology in the United States for a while, with AT&T getting into the game recently. The new iPad supports 21Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA at 42Mbps, with LTE performing at a screeching 73Mbps. How many of you have home internet that’s half that speed?

The new iPad supports these speeds with carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Telus, Bell, and Rogers.

It’s important to note that there are different bands of LTE in the country, and Verizon and AT&T aren’t using the same. This means that Apple will be making two different versions of the new iPad, and it also means that if you buy it for one carrier, you cannot go use it on the other later, even though they are both “LTE.” This is the fault of the carriers, not Apple.

LTE is coming up in the United States and will be covering the majority of the country as time goes on, allowing carriers to operate more efficiently, and dish out faster data at a lower cost per GB to the consumers. It’ll be interesting to see how Apple will integrate their new device into all markets world-wide, something other manufacturers do easily with a segmented marketing-mix.


Price and Release Dates

$499 for 16GB, 32GB is $599 and 64GB for $699. If you want 4G it’s $629, $729 and $829. Pre-orders for the new iPad start immediately in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan. The new iPad will be released on March 16, 2012. Have Fun!

(information provided by Engadget)

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