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Apple's 'New iPad' Is Here: What's New?

It's official: Apple has announced the "new iPad" and is taking orders. Jacob Lopez shares all the highlights from the Wednesday event, including Apple's latest TV.

A5X processor
The new iPad's A5X chip has quad-core graphics processing. No numbers were mentioned, but that is typical Apple. The processor is designed to efficiently display the additional resolution that comes with the retina display, which will likely require some heavy number crunching, especially when it comes to games.


4G LTE
It's true. The new iPad will support 4G LTE. According to Apple's breakdown, the tablet now has 21Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA at 42Mbps. LTE speeds are at 73Mbps. So far Verizon and AT&T are confirmed, and will be two separate devices. No mention of other carriers. The tablet will also be world-ready, and the senior VP of worldwide marketing at Apple says that this device is shipping with "the most bands ever" and described it as "no small feat."

Size and battery Life
The new iPad 3 is 9.4mm thin, and weighs 1.4 lbs. It's slightly heavier than the iPad 2, but lighter than the iPad. Apple claims the new iPad will have the same 10-hour battery life as the iPad 2, 9 hours on 3G or 4G.


Several Apple apps also have been updated, including iPhoto, shown here.

Apple TV and iOS 5.1
Apple said its new Apple TV with 1080p support will be available "next week"—we presume on March 16—with pre-orders beginning Wednesday. The TV will have a new user interface that's slightly closer to what we see in iOS.

iOS 5.1 and iPhoto will be available at the App Store Wednesday. iOS 5.1 is a free upgrade and iPhoto is $4.99.

The official press releases for all of the above can be found here:

New iPad

iLife for New iPad

Updated Apple TV

(Corrections were made to this article to capitalize "Retina" and to clarify battery life.)

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