The lights are on
Apple hosted a press conference today where it showed off the next installment of its popular iPad. Why do you want it? Here's why.
The latest version of the device broke with tradition, going by "the new iPad" instead of the iPad 3. Fortunately, there's more to the new iPad than just an odd name. The biggest upgrade to the iPad line is the fact that it has a Retina display. In English, that's a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels. Compare that to the iPad 2, which boasts a more conventional 1,024 by 768 pixel display, and you can appreciate the improvement. Cosmetically, it's much the same as previous models, and Apple claims battery life will hit 10 hours, or nine hours on its newly supported 4G wireless.
AT&T and Verizon will both sell their own versions of the device, starting at $629 for the 16 GB model, $729 for 32 GBs, and $829 for 64 GBs. If you can live without the convenience of a dedicated network connection, the barrier to entry on the wi-fi only models is significantly lower at $499, $599, and $699, respectively. The iPad 2 has dropped $100 across the board (so 16GB for $399, etc.).
Games and apps will scale to fit the new display, though developers will be able to account for the higher resolution with new projects. Namco demonstrated a new flight sim, Sky Gamblers, while Epic showed off Infinity Blade: Dungeons.
The new iPad goes on sale starting March 16.
Take a look at our liveblog below, for blow by blow details from the event.
*There's a new model of Apple TV. Supports 1080p. iTunes and movies sync to iCloud. You can redownload as many times as you like.$99. March 16th release.
*iPad users apparently love their iPads. Tim Cook says that owners prefer it "overwhelmingly" for email, reading, and watching movies.
*Haha, he says it's their favorite for gaming, even among console users.
*Comparing the iPad to other tablets on the marketplace.
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