Apple announces HD iPad, Apple TV and iOS 5.1

Apple announces HD iPad, Apple TV and iOS 5.1

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Apple announces HD iPad, AppleTV and iOS 5.1 - Jason O'Grady

Apple used its media event today at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to announce high-definition (1080p) versions of the iPad, AppleTV and iOS version 5.1. Here's what we know so far:

The new iPad (Press Release)

  • Retina display
  • 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • 44% greater saturation
  • 264 ppi
  • 1M more pixels than your HDTV at home
  • held at 15" you can't see pixels
  • A5X System on a Chip (SoaC)
  • Dual-core CPU
  • Quad-core graphics
  • iSight (HD) front camera
  • 5MP rear camera (optic system from the iPhone 4S)
  • HD video recording in 1080p
  • Image stabilization
  • Voice dictation (not full Siri?)
  • 4G/LTE  (HSPA+) 73 Mbps max
  • AT&T and Verizon (one model for AT&T, one for Verizon)
  • North American LTE only
  • Personal hotspot (if carrier supported)
  • No battery life penalty on 4G (9 hours)
  • 1.4 pounds
  • $499/16GB, $599/32GB, $699/64GB (same pricing as iPad 2)
  • Pre-orders today, March 16 availability
  • Same 30-pin docking port
  • Apple is keeping the iPad 2 for $399

The new Apple TV (Press Release)

  • 1080p support
  • iTunes Match support
  • TV shows the day after they air
  • iTunes playlists from iCloud
  • Genius for recommendations
  • $99
  • pre-order today, March 16 availability

iLife for iOS (Press Release)

  • new iPhoto app
  • updated GarageBand app
  • updated iMovie app

iOS 5.1

  • Available today, rolling out to users now (Settings > General > Software Update)
  • Delete photos from Photo Stream
  • Japanese language support
  • details TBD

This story is still developing. Check back after 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET for the final details and links.

Photo: MacRumors

Topics: Mobile OS, Apple, iPad, Mobility

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  • Honestly...

    All the hype and concept videos make this a bit of a letdown.

    It is very evolutionary.
    • Duh!

      Of course it is. No company can release a revolutionary product every year.
    • At Least it Isn't Apple's Fault

      All the rumors and conjecture by the media and Mac blogs. I'm glad I learned my lesson with the iPhone 4 - no more reading until it's released!
    • Concept video? You took that bit of fantasy video as being realistic?

      Come on, Peter. You actually thought a 3D holographic Star Wars type display was current screen technology which Apple could have used in it's new iPad HD?

      Anyway, I won't say the iPad HD is revolutionary but it currently has capabilities that are a generation (one year in tech terms) beyond what the other manufactures will be able to field in 2012.

      I view the new iPad HD in relationship to the following analogy. The iPad HD is Secretariat and the the Transformer Prime is Sham. Both are great horses (I mean tablets - grin) but today was the Belmont Race and the iPad HD is pulling away from Sham on his way to a stunning victory.
  • At least they actually allow preorders this time

    The lack of them for the iPad 2 just led to silly crap.
  • Yay! (I assume) a new bloated iTunes to download. :-/

    Sure would be nice if Apple implemented software updates like Google Chrome.
    Bruce Lang
    • .

      Please Explain how Chrome does it. OTA updates of iOS is commonplace now. Thanks.
  • It's now time

    With the latest hardware, Apple has no excuse for not including support for Flash on the iPad HD, or not allowing images to be uploaded to websites via Safari. Without it, Android tablet is still compelling argument against the iPad.
    • Flash

      Even Adobe is abandoning Flash for mobile devices. More and more Flash is becoming irrelevant on the web and thank goodness (IMHO). Apple will not support Flash any more than they would have supported 3.5in floppies 2 years after the iMac (original gumdrop version) debuted. They have judged Flash to be dead technology and Apple doesn't look back once they make that kind of judgment. Buy your Android tablet and be happy. I use both iOS and Android. My preference is iOS, but to each their own.
  • ...and the apple TV...

    Everyone is talking iPad but what really got me was the TV. How boring of an update. I thought Jobs said he had it all figured out how to tap that market? And for the cost of movies and TV shows on itunes why wouldn't I just use redbox/netflix/ (and since I'm already paying for cable) On Demand? I'll probably upgrade my iPad but why would someone want an apple TV, please explain.
    • Apple TV - 2 reasons

      The Airplay feature lets you wirelessly transmit anything on the screen of your iPhone or iPad to your TV. So if you are playing a game and using the iPad as the controller, you are watching the TV screen of the gameplay with no fingers in the way. Or showing pictures or home movies to your extended family on the TV while you are controlling the action from the iPad or iPhone.
  • Size?

    I so want one, but I'm trying to decide if it will work with all my accessories from my iPad 2. I got hooked up with an iMainGo XP ( from work and love to watch movies and tv shows on it with Netflix. Do you think the thickness is the main difference? Or, will it also be in the height and width? I may wait a few months and see if the price goes down...and borrow my friend's in the meantime! :)
  • Apple TV

    Screen resolution is great ipad are looking forward to experience it.
  • iPad SIM free?

    Doesn't this limit it's use overseas, by changing SIM card for a local one?
    Micheline Maloney