Earlier today in an Apple-event, the "New iPad" (which, so far, is the official name) was unveiled with all its specs and glory. Alongside the New iPad was also the new Apple TV (priced at $99) and a price-drop for the iPad 2 (lowest price being the 16GB WiFi model at $399).
So what is it that makes the New iPad so special? For starters, lying at the very core of the tablet itself is the new A5X processor. The iPad 2 ran off of the A5 chip, which performs twice as fast as the Tegra 3; now, the new A5X will offer four times the performance that the Tegra 3 does. Along with quad-core graphics, the New iPad is sure to run a multitude of apps much faster.
But why would we need faster speeds when the iPad 2 was fast enough already? To handle the new Retina Display, of course! The New iPad runs a 2048 x 1536 display, with 3.1 million pixels - that's over a million more pixels than a 1080p, 1920 x 1080 display! And to match these new graphics and settings, Apple has bumped up the resolution of previously-existing apps and games by themselves, with no trouble to the developers whatsoever.
Of course, another good way to test out the new speed, is to test out the new camera: the New iPad touts a 5 megapixel rear camera, with an illuminated sensor, 5-element lens, IR filter, and ISP built into the A5X chip. That same camera can also start recording in 1080p.
Consumers must be wondering, however, whether this will all affect the battery life, which previously lasted for 10 hours on the iPad 2. The New iPad comes with a new Li-Poly battery though, rated at 42.5WHr, which is enough for Apple to claim the 10-hour mark yet again (though it's 9 hours if running on 4G).
Speaking of 4G: the New iPad is considered to be "World-Ready", meaning it can roam world-wide and still have 3G access, due to having numerous bands implemented into it. However, while on a 4G network, Apple claims it will have 21Mbps HSPA+ and 42Mbps DC-HSDPA. Both AT&T and Verizon have been confirmed as carriers for 4G models.
And the icing on this cake? Siri is back - however, she doesn't play as large of a part on the New iPad as she does on an iPhone 4S. Currently, Siri will only perform voice dictations; a new voice-button is located at the bottom of the keyboard for those who simply can't be bothered to type.
Pre-orders start today, and the New iPad is available starting March 16th.