Apple announces HD iPad, Apple TV and iOS 5.1

Apple announces HD iPad, AppleTV and iOS 5.1. Story is breaking...
Written by Jason D. O'Grady, Contributor

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

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