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New iPad: Everything you need to know

Here we present the full details on Apple’s new tablet which comes complete with the new iOS 5.1. We’re continually updating this article, so check back for more details.

New iPad release date

The new iPad UK release date and new iPad US release date are both set for 16 March. Pre-orders are starting today. That day will see it launch in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan.

New iPad price

The new iPad comes in three standard variants: 16GB for $499, 32GB for $599 and 64GB for $699. If you are in the US and want 4G, then it’s $629, $729 and $829.

The iPad 2 will remain on sale in a 16GB version for $399 (Wi-Fi) and $529 (Wi-Fi+3G). That will really annoy all of Apple’s tablet competitiors.

New iPad processor and graphics

The processor is an Apple A5X ARM-based unit – it has quad-core graphics but is still a dual-core based unit.

Apple reckons it’s “twice as fast” as Tegra 3, and offers four time the graphics performance of Nvidia’s chip. We’re not sure Nvidia will let Apple get away with that one – and we’re not even sure it can be true – Tegra 3′s performance is stunning and the Tegra 3 GPU has 12 GeForce graphics cores…

New iPad screen

The iPad 3 has a stunning retina display – as on the iPhone 4 and 4S you can’t distinguish individual pixels and the resolution is a stunning 2048 x 1536 pixels. As expected, it’s the same 9.7-inch size.

New ipad

It’s only 264ppi in sharpness – but that’s still enough to pack in 2048 x 1536 pixels into the screen. It has a milion more

There’s the fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating from before as well as support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

New iPad camera

You can now record 1080p video on the iPad 3 with an iSight camera (yes, we thought the iSight name was dead too). The rear camera is set at 5 megapixels and has a 5-element lens plus auto face-detection, auto focus lock and image stabilisation for video. Once again there’s tap-to-focus as well as photo and video geotagging.

New iPad Siri

Siri is now included within iOS 5.1 on the new iPad.

New iPad apps

Apple has announced iPhoto for the iPad (available today, $4.99). It looks terrific and seems like a semi-pro tool – there are some really professional photo editing tools in there. iMovie can now deal with 1080p video. Infinity Blade Dungeons and Sky Gamblers Air Supremacy were also shown off as was a new version of Garage Band.

New iPad connectivity

4G LTE is included in the new tablet for North America only (iPad Wi-Fi+4G is the in-store name) – once again Brits lament slow networks.

There will be separate US models for both the AT&T and Verizon networks.

There’s also 21Mbps HSPA+, DC-HSDPA offering 42Mbps. LTE clocks in at 73Mbps. You can also use the new iPad as a Personal Hotspot.

All models feature Bluetooth 4.0.

New iPad battery life

The new iPad delivers the same battery life as the iPad – that’s 10 hours – with a 9 hours if you’re using LTE. LTE is a big power drain, so that’s an impressive stat.

New iPad dimensions and dock connector

The new iPad is 9.4mm thick and 652g in weight (662g for the Wi-Fi+4G version) – the footprint is 241 x 186mm. As before, there’s still the 30 pin dock connector. Forget the rumours about microSD, mini Display Port and Thunderbolt – they aren’t here.

New iPad AirPlay mirroring

As you’d expect, the new iPad is all over AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV. That’s 720p to 2nd and 3rd generation units, with 1080p mirroring to new 4th generation models.

New iPad colours

Once again the iPad is available in both black and white.

New iPad: everything you need to know

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