Apple Inc. has announced the third-generation iPad today. It comes with high-resolution Retina display and is priced at $499 (16GB), $599 (32GB), and $699 (64GB). For $629 (16GB), $729 (32GB), and $829 (64GB), you can buy 4G versions of device. The new iPad will be available on March 16th in the U.S. and it is available for pre-order today.
The iPad’s high-resolution display runs at 2048×1536 at a pixel density of 264PPI. This is 3.1 million total pixels. The new display will be powered by an A5X processor with improved quad-core graphics.
The battery life is 10 hours or 9 hours when on 4G. The thickness is 9.4mm and it weighs 1.4lbs.
There is an iSight camera on the front and a new rear camera that runs at 5 megapixels. It has a backside illuminated sensor, 5 element lens, and a hybrid IR filter. The iPad ships with iOS 5.1.
The new iPad has voice dictation, but it is not powered by Siri. The voice dictation service allows for live transcription of your voice.
Some of the apps that were updated to work with Retina display include iWork, iMove, and Garage Band. At today’s launch event, Apple also announced a brand new iPhoto for iPad app, which features basic photo editing and photo beaming to different devices.
iTunes in the cloud now has seamless streaming on all iOS devices, which includes movies in 1080p. Apple TV was upgraded to support 1080p and comes with a new user interface. Apple TV will still cost $99.
The iPad 2 will continue being sold for $399 (16GB) and $529 for WiFi+3G 16GB.