Published Date: March 29, 2012

The Apple Event on March 7: New Apple iPad, New Apple TV and iOS 5.1 goes official

Apple has unveiled the next-gen iPad at its event in San Francisco on March 7, 2012. Packing a Retina IPS display with the mind-blowing resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and a bumped up GPU, this shapes up to be one of the hottest slates on the market. And not as most people had thought, the iPad has kept its “Home button” alright.

This picture is what Apple had sent to media to invite them for the release event.

The new device is simply called iPad – just like the first generation device, not iPad3 or iPadHD as was rumored before.

The event started with the announcement of iOS 5.1 – its available now and will roll out in Japan over the next few weeks, bringing Japanese language support for Siri, as rumored previously.

The new Apple TV also got a spot under the sunlight at the event – 1080p-capable, running iOS with a new UI with big “billboard images for movies”. It will be available for $99 and will be available this week with pre-orders starting from March 7.

Moving on to the main course for the night, the new Apple iPad offers a Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 with around 263.92 ppi. Apple also says that it has better color saturation than the iPad 2.

The processor inside is not a quad-core A6 but a dual-core A5X with quad-core graphics.

The camera is dubbed iSight – it’s a 5 MP BSI unit with auto-focus, sporting a 5-element lens. The new iPad’s camera offers 1080p video recording.

The new iPad features 21Mbps HSPA+ and 42Mbps DC-HSDPA and 4G LTE up to 73Mbps.

The new iPad will keep its acclaimed 10-hour battery life, save when in 4G mode when it will be able to do 9 hours.

The 16GB version of the new iPad will cost $499, the 32GB abd 64GB will be $599 and $699. The 4G versions will be $629, $729 and $829 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. It will be available on March 16.

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