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New iPad Unveiled with Retina Display and 1080p HD Video Recording

Apple’s new iPad has been unveiled. That’s right, no iPad 3, no iPad HD. Not yet. Just the New iPad.

The New iPad’s biggest improvement is in the display—a Retina display, similar to what’s on the iPhone 4S, but with a 2048 x 1539 pixel resolution. That’s a higher resolution than on a 1080p TV. Yes, the 120 inch home theater screen in your basement powered by a $10,000 projector puts out less pixels than the New iPad.

The New iPad also comes with a greatly improved rear-panel iSight camera (also similar to the iPhone 4S) with a 5MP sensor, auto focus, auto face detection, built-in stabilization and 1080p video recording. No 3D camera.

To complement the improved camera performance, new iMovie and iPhoto apps ($4.99 each) are available with some pretty impressive picture and video processing/editing capabilities. Watch out YouTube, there’s some better cute cat movies coming your way.

All New Features Highlights:

  • Retina display at 2024×1536.
  • A5X chipset with quad-core graphics.
  • 5 megapixel rear camera, IR filter, autofocus and white balance, face detection (essentially iPhone 4 camera with iPhone 4S software)
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Dictation (not Siri, alas)
  • LTE 4G networking 72mbps, HSPA+ up to 42mbps
  • 9 hours battery life on 4G! – 9.4mm thin, weighing 1.4lbs. – $499 for 16GB, 32GB is $599 and 64GB for $699. – 4G iPad wil be priced at: $629, $729 and $829.
  • All built in “stock” apps have been updated to take advantage of the new Retina Display.
  • Updates to Garage Band and iMovie.
  • Updates to all iWork Apps.
  • Randy Ubillos, Chief Architect for Photo and Video apps the introduced the brand new iPhoto for iPad. iPhoto include new gestures, new effects, multi-touch editing and the ability to beam photos directly between devices. Lots of photographic tools are coming in the new iPhoto app.
  • New iPad available on March 16th.
  • Pre-orders start today!
  • The iPad 2 will now be on sale for $399 for the 16 GB model.

Overall, it looks amazing, and we can’t wait to see what kind of things people will do with the new iPad.