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Apple iPad, TV Event Breakdown: Fast Summary for The Impatient

Apple Event Breakdown

Apple’s much-anticipated press event has taken place in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center today. So what rumors did the company finally put to rest? Here’s the quick scoop on what the masses can expect.

New 3rd-Generation iPad: 

(First and foremost: NAME? “The New iPad” was the only name they referred to, though “New 3rd-Generation iPad” popped up in its videos. So if you laid bets on “iPad 3” or “iPad HD” — er, sorry. But here’s what this bizarro no-name tablet will offer.) 

  • Retina Display: 2048 x 1536, or 3.1 million pixels, 264 ppi
  • 4G/LTE: 21Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA at 42Mbps, and LTE at 73Mbps. (LTE on both Verizon and AT&T, plus Rogers, Bell, and Telus)
  • Processor: Dual-core A5X processor, with quad-core graphics
  • Home button: YES
  • 30-pin Dock connector:  YES
  • Camera: Upgraded, including 5MP rear illuminated sensor, 5-element lens, IR filter, and ISP built into the A5X chip, auto-exposure, auto-focus, white balance, face detection,s stabilization. Of course, still has HD video capture, but up to 1080p now
  • Siri: Not exactly, but there’s a new voice dictation feature via a microphone button on the keyboard. (Supports US English, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese)
  • Hot Spot: YES (if carrier supports it)
  • Battery life: Retains 10 hours of battery life (9 hours on 4G)
  • Size: 9.4mm thin, weighing 1.4lbs.
  • Price: $499 for 16GB, $599 32GB, $699 for 64GB (no 128GB)
  • Availability: March 16 (pre-orders start today for US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan)

New Apple TV:

  • New user interface (including Cover Flow-ish design)
  • 1080p support
  • TV content availability one day after airing
  • iTunes Match support
  • Photo Stream
  • Genius
  • iCloud support for movies
  • $99
  • Available next week
  • Pre-orders start today

iOS 5.1: 

  • Available today
  • Siri to launch in Japan in next few weeks
  • iTunes Store now supports movies and TV shows in 1080p HD
  • Plus, all the native apps have been updated and optimized

 

As for the iPad 2, it’s getting a price revamp: The retail cost is getting slashed by $100, so a 16GB Wifi model will now go for $399.

The event ended with a tease: “2012: There’s a lot to look forward to.” (Now what do you think that means? Deposit your guesses below.) For more information, including details on the Apple’s revamped iWork and iLife applications (including a new iPhoto app), plus other tidbits, be sure to hit up our live blog here, or click for TechnoBuffalo’s complete coverage!

So, were you excited or disappointed in the announcements today? Let us know how you feel in the comments.


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Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...


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