The New iPad: Retina Display, Quad-Core Graphics, and More

The New iPad: Retina Display, Quad-Core Graphics, and MoreApple unveiled the next-generation iPad tablet today, with a super-sharp display (2048 x 1536 pixels, which is 1 million more pixels than HDTV) and quad-core graphics—four times the performance of the iPad 2.

In addition to the high-res screen, the new tablet also features:

  • A dual-core CPU (the processor is Apple's new A5X chipset, which contains the GPU that Apple says is twice as powerful as the A5 found in the iPad 2 and four times more powerful than Nvidia's Tegra 3; the chip is supposed to be twice as powerful overall as the Tegra 3, according to Gizmodo)
  • A rear iSight camera with 5MP sensor and advanced optics, including IR filter, autofocus, face detection, and white balance
  • HD video recording (1080p resolution)
  • Voice dictation (there's a new key on the keyboard for speaking into the iPad)
  • 4G LTE support: HSPA+ for up to 21Mbps or dual-carrier HSDPA for up to 42Mbps or LTE for a max of 72Mbps connectivity
  • Battery life is 10 hours (9 for the 4G models)

All this in a 1.5 pound, 9.4mm-thin device starting at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model.

For Wi-Fi only: $599 will buy the 32GB version, $699 for 64GB.
With 4G (AT&T or Verizon): $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, $829 for 64GB.

Pre-orders start today and it will be available in black and white.

If you don't care about these hardware upgrades, though, Apple says they'll still continue to sell the iPad 2, starting at $399.

What do you think of the new iPad?

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