New Apple iPad officially announced; pre-orders begin today with actual availability on March 16th

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Well, as we had expected to happen today — the new iPad has been officially announced. And that is just what is has been called thus far, the “new iPad.” That being said and regardless of the name, what we have is an iPad with a Retina display. But before we dive into the full feature set, lets get some of the finer points out of the way in the beginning. After all, we are fairly certain that some will order regardless of the specs.

The new iPad will retain the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options and sell in the Wi-Fi only variant for $499, $599 and $699 respectively. Additionally, the cellular connected models will be 4G LTE (along with 3G) and come priced at $629, $729 and $829. Those looking to make a purchase will be able to move forward with a pre-order beginning today with actual availability coming on March 16th.

With that out of the way, lets get into the features, beginning with what we already mentioned — the Retina display. The iPad will retain the same 9.7 inch display, however the resolution has been bumped up to 2048 x 1536, which for those looking to get the nitty gritty is — 3.1 million pixels (a million more than an HDTV) and a 264ppi.

Otherwise, the processor is a quad-core, the A5X and the new iPad will also have a 5 megapixel rear facing camera that is capable of recording 1080p HD video. The video recording also touts stabilization, temporal noise reduction and is noted as being “perfect” for the Retina display.

The cellular connectivity found in the new iPad includes 4G LTE for AT&T and Verizon Wireless and will include the following — 21Mbps with HSPA+, 42Mbps with DC-HSDPA and 73Mbps with LTE.

Also included in the new iPad is Siri, well, sort of. The new iPad features a microphone button (that looks quite a bit Siri-like) however it will presumably only offer voice dictation.

The new iPad is going to weigh in at right around 1.5 pounds and measure in just a tad bit thicker as compared to the iPad 2. For those concerned about the thickness, it is only 0.03 inches and perhaps more important, Apple seems to have done well with the battery life touting up to 10 hours with 3G usage and up to 9 hours with 4G LTE usage.

Bottom line, the online Apple Store should be back soon and pre-orders will indeed begin today.

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