4G iPad: Apple unveils new iPad, specs and prices revealed, iOS 5.1 and new Apple TV introduced

By on Mar 8, 2012 in Tablet, Technology, United States Comments

Updated: March 8, 2012 11:20 p.m.

Read 4G iPad price: Apple releases new iPad 4G LTE pricing list for AT&T and Verizon

Apple revealed its new iPad or the so-called “4G iPad” on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 during a press event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, along with its specs, prices and date of availability, which apparently has no specific name as earlier rumors called it iPad HD or simply iPad 3.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, unveiling the new iPad
Image Credit: Paul Sakuma/AP

As reported on various international news sites that covered the event live, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new iPad, which will be available this coming next Friday, March 16, but pre-orders are now available, with its first TV ad video also released shortly afterwards.

Apparently, this is the second time for Mr. Cook to reveal a major Apple product announcement, which the first one occurred on October 4, 2011 during the iPhone 4S launch, one day before Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away.

At the start of the event, Mr. Cook showed the video of the opening of Grand Central Apple store in New York last year, noted that the Apple store in Amsterdam is the largest, and later confirmed that Siri is coming to Japan and Australia in the next few weeks.

In addition, Apple announced the iOS 5.1, which is an update to the operating system that runs iPod, iPad and iPod Touch, while a new version of the Apple TV is to be made available next week for the same price of $99 price but can be pre-ordered now.

Later, Phil Schiller, Apple‘s SVP of world-wide marketing shows new iPad, which features high definition ‘Retina Display‘ at 2048 x 1536 pixels and has an iSight 5-megapixel camera and 1080p video recording with image stabilization, with the front-facing camera still a FaceTime camera for videoconferencing.

Mr. Schiller added that the new Apple iPad sports a 9.7-inch display screen, a quad-core chip called the A5X, which was noted to be four times the graphics power of Tegra 3, and will support the 4G LTE connection as noted in earlier rumors. In the US, the new iPad will be available on AT&T and Verizon and is also compatible with 3G networks globally.

Meanwhile, the new 4G iPad also has the voice dictation feature, which can be used via a microphone button on the new iPad‘s virtual keyboard, only works in English, French, German and Japanese for the meantime. For the battery life, it will be nine hours on 4G and 10 hours on 3G.

The new iPad, which is 9.4 mm thick, thicker than the iPad 2 which was 8.8mm, introduced a new feature called iPhoto, a sophisticated image editing software that uses glass shelves as the metaphor for catalog of photos.

For the prices, the 4G iPad will cost start at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB, all for Wi-Fi version while the iPad 2 will be $100 cheaper or will start at $399 for the 16GB version.

For the Wi-Fi plus 4G, the new iPad will start at $629 for 16GB or $130 more expensive; while the iPad 2 will cost $529 for Wi-Fi plus 3G.

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