Apple debuts third-gen iPad
Apple debuted its long-awaited, third generation iPad at an event this morning in San Francisco.
The new tablet - which will be available on March 16 - features a 2048x1536, 9.7-inch Retina Display capable of rendering 3.1 million pixels.
The device also boasts support for voice dictation and includes a 5 megapixel iSight camera with auto-focus and auto-exposure that records video in 1080p.
As expected, 4G (AT&T and Verizon) connectivity options are (separately) available, with download speeds reportedly capable of hitting 73Mbps over LTE. Worldwide 3G roaming capabilities are supported, and the iPad can act as a personal hotspot if supported by the carrier.
The new iPad also features an A5X processor with quad-core graphics, as well as improved battery life, offering 10 hours on Wi-Fi and 9 hours on 4G LTE. Despite its uber-thin appearance, the latest iteration of Apple’s wildly popular iPad weighs in at 1.4 pounds (slightly heavier than the iPad 2), and measures 9.4mm thin.
Preorders kick off today, with the next-gen iPad arriving on March 16. The price points and capacities are familiar: $499 for 16GB (WiFi), $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. What about 4G models? $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for the 64GB model.
In addition to unveiling the new iPad, Apple took the wraps off its next-gen TV, which now supports 1080p programming for iTunes movies and TV shows, Netflix and Vimeo.
The new Apple TV also features a simpler, refined user interface, allowing users to easily access movies, TV shows and music with iTunes Match right from iCloud.
Plus, with AirPlay, users can stream or mirror their favorite content from their iPad or iPhone 4S to Apple TV.
Apple TV currently offers a wide variety of content, including over 15,000 movies and 90,000 TV episodes on the iTunes Store.
As noted above, users can also access Netflix’s streaming catalog, live sports from MLB, NBA and NHL as well as Internet content from Vimeo, YouTube and Flickr.