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Apple raises the curtain on the new iPad (photos)

At a special event, Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the wraps off what is expected to be the latest tech rage - the new iPad.
By CNET Staff, Contributor on
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At a special event, Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the wraps off what is expected to be the latest tech rage - the new iPad.

The next-generation iPad features optional 4G LTE, a Retina Disply, a faster processor, and a 5-megapixel camera.

Photo credit: Donald Bell/CNET

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The new iPad will feature a retina display with a 2048x1536 pixel resolution. That's 3.1 million pixels on new iPad, or 264 pixels per inch.

It also comes with a 5-megapixel camera with backside illumination, auto-exposure, and auto-focus. There's also auto-face detection. It includes 1080p HD video recording, just like on the iPhone 4S.

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The 16GB version will cost $499.99, $599.99, and $699.99 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models. It'll launch March 16, but preorders start today.

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The new iPad will be available on March 16.

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Features on the new iPad.

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You can use the new iPad as a portable hotspot.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says, "In many ways the iPad is reinventing portable computing, and it's outstripping the wildest of predictions."

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Apple introduces the Photostream feature from iCloud, which supports 1080p HD photos and videos. A new Apple TV is also on the horizon. It'll cost $99 and be available on March 16, but pre-orders start today.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook demos Siri in multiple languages, like French, Japanese, and Australian-inflected English.

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Apple sold more iPads in a quarter than PCs combined, according to Apple's numbers.

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There are a ton of effects and filters.

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The iMovie update lets you shoot movie trailers, and you can now shoot 1080p video right on the device, then plug the video right into the app.

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The updated version of GarageBand is getting "smart strings," a note editor, iCloud integration and sharing.

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iWork

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At its event in San Francisco Wednesday announcing the new product, Apple said that its latest tablet will operate on 4G LTE networks from Verizon, AT&T, Rogers, Bell and Telus.

There will be two versions of the LTE version of the new iPad in the U.S. One will be for Verizon Wireless, which has the largest 4G LTE network to date, with more than 200 million potential customers covered. The other version will be for AT&T's LTE network, which covers just over 70 million potential customers today.


 
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The new iPad will come in black and white.

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