Apple announces the new iPad

Apple announces the new iPad

As part of their iPad event event today, Apple has announced the new iPad. That's right, no iPad 3, no iPad HD. Not yet. Just the New iPad.

Highlights include:

  • Retina display at 2024x1536.
  • A5X chipset with quad-core graphics.
  • 5 megapixel rear camera, IR filter, autofocus and white balance, face detection (essentially iPhone 4 camera with iPhone 4S software)
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Dictation (not Siri, alas)
  • LTE 4G networking 72mbps, HSPA+ up to 42mbps
  • 9 hours battery life on 4G! - 9.4mm thin, weighing 1.4lbs. - Wi-Fi iPad pricing: $499 for 16GB, 32GB is $599 and 64GB for $699. - 4G LTE iPad pricing:  $629, $729 and $829.
  • New iPad available on March 16th.
  • Pre-orders start today!
  • All built in "stock" apps have been updated to take advantage of the new Retina Display.
  • Updates to Garage Band and iMovie.
  • Updates to all iWork Apps.
  • Randy Ubillos, Chief Architect for Photo and Video apps the introduced the brand new iPhoto for iPad. iPhoto include new gestures, new effects, multi-touch editing and the ability to  beam photos directly between devices. Lots of photographic tools are coming in the new iPhoto app.
  • The iPad 2 will now be on sale for $399 for the 16 GB model.

Here are the [complete specs for the new iPad](Complete specs for the new iPad), and here's the full press release

Apple Launches New iPad

Pad Wi-Fi + 4G with built-in next generation 4G LTE has the most comprehensive support for fast networks worldwide including HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA, and now both CDMA and GSM iPad users have the ability to easily roam internationally. The world-ready iPad delivers blazing download and upload speeds so web pages load incredibly quickly and email with large attachments can be sent and received easily. Personal Hotspot can be used to share the fast network connection on your iPad with up to 5 other devices using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB**.

With iOS 5.1, the latest update to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, the new iPad has a number of new features and enhancements including: a redesigned Camera app with video stabilization technology; the ability to delete photos from Photo Stream; support for dictation in English, French, German and Japanese; and Personal Hotspot. iOS 5.1 also works seamlessly with iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services including iTunes® in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that works seamlessly with your iPhone®, iPad, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content and push it to your devices. When content changes on one of your devices, your other devices are updated automatically.

The new iPad also supports dictation, another amazing way to get things done just using your voice. Instead of typing, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard, then say what you want to say and the new iPad listens. Tap done, and iPad converts your words into text. You can use dictation to write messages, take notes, search the web and more. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can update your Facebook status, tweet, or write Instagram captions.

Apple also introduced the iPhoto® app, along with major updates to iMovie® and GarageBand®, completing its suite of iLife® apps for iOS. iLife and the iWork® apps, Pages®, Keynote® and Numbers®, have all been updated to take advantage of the new iPad Retina display. iPhoto includes breakthrough Multi-Touch features so you can use simple gestures to sort through hundreds of photos and find your best shots, enhance and retouch your images using fingertip brushes and share stunning photo journals with iCloud. iMovie now gives you the ability to create amazing Hollywood-style trailers as you record HD video, and GarageBand introduces Jam Session, an innovative and fun new feature that allows a group of friends to wirelessly connect to play instruments and record music together live on their iOS devices.

iPad runs almost all of the over 585,000 apps available on the App Store™, including more than 200,000 native iPad apps, from a wide range of categories, including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. The iTunes Store® puts the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store at your fingertips with a catalog of over 20 million songs, over 90,000 TV episodes and over 15,000 movies. The new iBooks® 2 app for iPad lets users experience an entirely new kind of ebook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks created with Apple’s new iBooks Author offer gorgeous, fullscreen ebooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more.

Pricing & Availability

The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white on Friday, March 16 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store® (, Apple’s retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPad will also be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16. Customers can begin pre-ordering their new iPad today, and the incredible iPad 2 is now offered at a more affordable price of $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and just $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

iOS 5.1 and iTunes 10.6 are available today as free software updates. iPhoto, iMovie 1.3 and GarageBand 1.2 are available today for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store ( Keynote 1.6, Pages 1.6 and Numbers 1.6 are available today for $9.99 (US) each from the App Store. Updates are available for free to existing customers. By the end of March iPad will be available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

Personal Hotspot requires supporting data plan. Customers should check with their carrier for availability.

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Apple announces the new iPad


the rear one is 5mp iSight camera not sure about the front though (it's a iphone 4 camera with 4s software and features)

seems like a very obvious and simple upgrade. guess they want to hold out til next time for Face Time HD.

Am I the only one who isn't as excited about this? My iPad 2 is just fine doing the things I do, including Infinity Blade 2 running smoothly. There's no need to watch 1080p HD movies synced the the device, you won't get the full effect, not to mention it being 16GB each video file. Unless they're releasing 256GB models or more.
Also, who really is going to hold the iPad up to record 1080p video?
I'm sure 90% of the people who own an iPad2 or will own an iPad3 (whatever it'll be called) already has at least an iPhone 4 or 4S which is a lot more practical in recording video and taking pictures.

I don't think apple intends for people to purchase new iPads every year. While I'm sure they wouldn't mind, they are probably targeting people that bought the 1st gen iPad and skipped the iPad 2.

Agreed, the only ones buying this are blind iSheep who want to show their friends that they got a new one, lol. 4:3 Ratio, Dual Core CPU. Only upgrade is the screen and GPU. It's disgusting. SKIP, I'll wait for Galaxy Tab 11.6 with the 2560x1560 ratio, quad core CPU.

Really does the average person care about that. I don't understand why people realize that apple target demographic isn't nerds.

Just need some clarification for my dad...if 4G is not available, but 3G is (AT&T), will the new iPad connect to 3G?

I wanna know why they seem to gear the ipads towards gamers?? its it just the money?? they don't say its good for the cloud or email or anything else why someone explain iam not an apple hater I have all the iphones excepts the 3gs I was just asking a question.

I'm going out on a limb to say that it could be because gaming is a major aspect of their AppStore sales. Gaming is a kind of benchmark to general application performance. If it can push tons of pixels in a game, it can most certainly run a word processor.

Nevermind... further digging implies that it's two separate devices (Verizon or AT&T).
"If you decide on an iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G, be sure to select the model that corresponds with the carrier you’d like to use for 4G LTE service. The iPad model you purchase is specially configured to work with either AT&T or Verizon — not both. So while you don’t have to activate service right away, you should choose your iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G according to the carrier you prefer."

4G LTE. The fastest cellular network.
The new iPad supports fast cellular networks around the world — up to 4G LTE.* On a 4G network, you can download content, stream video, and browse the web at amazing speeds. And if you’re in a location without a 4G LTE network, you’ll still get access to fast 3G networks including HSPA, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA.
So yes, it will still connect to 3G.

Like I said before, only disappointments I have are: No new smart covers lol and the front facing camera which is used more than the rear IMO did not get updated to 5MP as well. I have an iPad 2 and the screen is just fine for me, retina sounds nice but I'll wait another year to update. I'll probably get the new Apple Tv since it would complete my set. I wonder if the new iPhone will carry a A5x quad-processor, lets all cross our fingers lol

I dunno... this last iPhone release was pretty minimal in the spec-jump. I would expect the next device (inevitably will be "iPhone 5") will be a bigger jump in overall hardware implementing new technology. We shall see though... in less than a year lol

inevitably will be “iPhone 5″? I think it will be called new iPhone, and that Apple is done using numbers.

I was saying that in the spirit of "it will be a generational jump rather than a small internal hardware update". I don't care about the whole numbering thing -- and you are probably right. Apple will most likely drop the numbers thing.

One year from now:
"Hi, I'd like to buy The New iPad."
"Here's your awesome new 4th gen iPad."
"No, I want the NEW iPad."
"This IS the new iPad."
"No, I want the last iPad."
"This IS the latest iPad."
"You don't understand, I want to buy The New iPad. You know, the old one."

To be fair here... we've all assumed it's iPad three as in the talk from Tim Cook the video mentions the "3rd Generation iPad", though all the slideware says NEW iPad.
Not sure we can really put a stake in the ground here....
My supposition is that t's simply going to be called the iPad going forward, much like we have the MacBook Pro and Air. They don't receive nomenclatures to their model, they simply ARE iMacs, MacBook Pro's or MacBook Air's, etc ....
I expect we'll see the iPhone evolve this way in the future too

Kind of can put a stake in the ground because on the Apple website it is only referred to as 'iPad' as opposed to the previous model that was referred to as 'iPad 2'.

I look at it like this. When I went to Best Buy to purchase the iPad 2 last year - I thought I was looking for the "iPad 2" on the box. Instead, it just says iPad. I asked the sales rep and he said yea it's confusing but the tag on the bottom (or side) clarified the generation. I sort of knew back then the iPad's distinction wasn't important to Apple or else they would've placed it on the box. Oh well, guess we'll see the "iPhone" from here on out too.

Maybe it's just getting harder and harder to have great technological breakthroughs, but this seemed to be similar to the iPhoneS release. Some nice improvements, but not a whole lot of wow...

I dont know what some of you guys wanted or expected, but this is more than I thought we would see. Overall, I am very pleased with the rate at which apple upgrades thier hardware and software... At least for IOS devices. Besides, if they made huge upgrades annually, then ppl would complain about obsolecence. But anything less is not enough?

they need to stop calling it "revolutionary' there is nothing revolutionary about the new ipad...

Like stated by others, if this is your first iPad, great deal. If you already own an iPad 2, may be wait, but 4G LTE, and Retina, hard to pass up.

Looks cool and I'll probably get one...not sure. But, dang, it's almost perfect: if it only had the webOS multitasking capability!! Watching the video and seeing them go to the home button to switch apps caused me to cringe! I'm so tired of having to do that on the 4S.
And why did Sprint get left out of the 4G LTE feature?! I'm on Sprint and I probably don't need to have web connectivity on the road, but why did Sprint get snubbed?!

They're calling it yet another damn revolutionary product. After Retina display (which I admit, is a very nice addition) there is absolutely nothing new, exciting or revolutionary that should excite any current iPad owner.
Since the iPad looks identical to last years model, Would it have F'n kill Apple to have come out perhaps with different color iPads or at least a damn illuminated Apple logo.
I'm very disappointed with today's announcements.

And different colors and/or illuminated logo would do what for you? See, when the consumer starts resorting to stuff like this, all I can say is Apple did their job. You can't find anything better to come up with than the color and logo? Really? At least come with removable storage, dedicated HDMI outlet, smaller version, etc.
But instead it's the color and logo. Let me guess, you have a custom paint job on your vehicle - right?

Resolutionary... Not revolutionary... Maybe you really need a better display...but nonetheless.. In tablet world its still revolutionary...Im excited... The 5mp means im ditching my iphone4 and go full ipad... Now its really a complete tablet... Been waiting for an eternity for this...

I'm happy, yes I would of loved Siri, but find the dictation is the biggest thing I use on my 4s. The screen is the winner for me, when I look at my wife's 3GS it looks fuzzing in comparison to the 4. Mines on order, can't wait to see it.

the new ipad looks awesome to me. its an upgrade in any way you look at it..its the new ipad.. not the ipad2 its the NEW. not ipad2. NEW.

Of course the next iPhone will have LTE. I think that was a given regardless of what happened with the new iPad. And I've been saying for a long time, it's not going to be called iPhone 5. Just iPhone. And the iPad event proves it.

I really don't get the hype about the iPad, especially from people that have an iPhone already. I own an iPhone and when I went shopping for a tablet I never even considered an iPad because to me, it's just an iPhone (minus the actually phone part) with a bigger screen. Why would I want 2 devices that can do the same stuff? I ended up not getting a tablet at all but went with a macbook air and honestly I couldn't be happier. I would suggest going this route for anyone with an iPhone already. It costs a bit more but is definitely worth it.

Obsessive Apple fans are the most spoiled bunch of whiners out there. What the hell do you expect with every updated Apple release? Revolution? Oh, they've done that already - and then some. All of you who are disappointed by the new iPad are only so because your own unrealistic wishlists and grand expectations haven't been met. And secondly, most of the rumors that were floating around since iPad 2 was released turned out to be flat out falsehoods. Surprised? Does this iPad not do enough for you already? Does it not entertain you enough? Is it not beautifully constructed and elegantly designed well enough for you? What you naysayers seem to forget is that the Apple iPad has put all other tablet makers to shame. To me, the iPad is its own category of product because it's so much more than just a fancy tablet or portable computer, it's a fully-realized concept that has truly revolutionized mobile "post-PC" computing. Yes, the complaints will be rolling on in for a while, but I guarantee that those who are doing most of the complaining will end up with the new iPad in their grimy hands soon enough. And a hush will fall over the crowd...

It figures, as usual, Apple screws the early adopters. We COULD have this on current iPads if Jobs wasn't a greedy bastard who prevents developers from releasing a camera for it. As always, Jobs is a grade A jerk!

Jd.. you should of waited dude what the hell where you thinking, its only 2 weeks away till its here. obviously you dont have patients to wait, i,m un patient at times but we all just have just grip ower teeth and wait 14 days its not that long now. when the time comes why dont you sell it, you might get at least £200 for it if that, then you can allmost buy the ipad3