Apple’s senior vice president Phil Schiller just took the stage in San Francisco and announced the brand new iPad . It features a 9.7-inch Retina Display, just like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S but with a higher 2048 x 1536-pixel resolution. Schiller said the graphics will be sharper than ever and that everything will be “stunning.” Schiller said the device has 1 million more pixels than a standard HDTV, which is pretty incredible. The device also features an A5X chip for quad-core graphics (but it’s a dual-core CPU). Apple says the chip offers 4x the graphics of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor — that’s a pretty big statement. The new iPad also has a 5-megapixel iSight camera with backside illumination, auto-exposure, auto-focus and more. The camera is also capable of recording 1080p HD video, a feature that’s also available on the iPhone 4S.
Apple also added a new key at the bottom of the keyboard that allows you to speak into your iPad for voice-to-text controls.
And of course, as expected, the device supports 4G LTE networks, which means it should run on Verizon Wireless and AT&T’s 4G LTE networks in the United States. It also supports HSPA+ up to 21Mbps and HSDPA networks up to 42Mbps, which means it’s ready for global travel on networks that don’t support LTE speeds. It will also support Rogers, Bell and Telus in Canada. Oh, and the best part? It offers a personal hotspot feature which means you’ll be able to share that fast data with other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
Despite all of that battery-draining new technology, Apple is promising 10 hours of battery life and 9 hours of battery life on 4G LTE networks. Not too shabby and on a par with the last generation iPad. The device measures just 9.4mm thick and weighs 1.5 pounds. It will be available in black and white for $499 for the 16GB version, $599 for the 32GB version and 699 for the 64GB version. If you want to toss in 4G LTE speeds you’ll pay $629, $729 and $829, respectively.