The moment many have been waiting for has arrived. Apple finally announced its latest tablet iteration, the follow-up to last year’s iPad, the iPad (no names yet, so there’s no iPad 3 or iPad HD).
One of the main things we were expecting from the iPad was an improved, higher resolution screen and we sure got what Apple calls the “Retina Display” on the tablet. It makes the new Apple slate one of the most pixel-packed tablet currently available. The resolution on the 9,7-inch screen is 2048×1536, pretty much as we expected, a 264ppi (not really your Retina display, but still).
The new iPad packs an improved A5X processor with quad-core graphics, which according to Apple is four times as fast as the new nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core SoC. As far as the camera is concerned, the new iPad packs a five-megapixel backside illuminated sensor with five-element lens, and infra-red filter and something many were expecting along the new camera: 1080p video recording capability.
Voice dictation is also in, a la iPhone, so that whenever you don’t want to type, just touch the microphone button on your SIP and dictate. It’s not full-fledged Siri but it definitely useful if you speak US English, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese.
On the radio part, the new iPad sports 4G LTE capability with speeds of 3.1Mbps on EV-DO, 7.2 on HSPA. Demos were made on both AT&T LTE and Verizon LTE so today’s teaser from Verizon might have been the real thing, concerning the next iPad. If you are wondering about the other carriers, LTE partners for the new iPad are Verizon, Rogers, Bell, Telus and AT&T will be the LTE partners. While still at the radios, the slate is ready to work on any 3G network across the globe. Apple calls it the device with “the most wireless bands that has ever shipped”
As far as battery life is concerned, you should be good for the same 10 hours on GSM operation and 9 hours on 4G LTE. All this while maintaining a slim form factor which measures 9.4mm thickness and 1.5 pounds in weight.
There are two variants: black and white. They all start at $499 for the 16GB variant, 32GB variant for $599 and $699 for the 64GB, all WiFi-only versions. 4G variants go for $629, $729 and $829 respectively, depending on the internal storage size. Preorder one starting today. It will be available starting March 16 in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.
If you were wondering about the iPad 2, it will still be in Apple’s line-up. Price for the 16GB WiFi is $399 and for the 16GB 3G is $529.