Apple unveiled its new high-definition iPad at 10 a.m. on Wednesday (local time) at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, with the new gadget offering greatly improved resolution and 4G LTE connectivity.
The impressive new display -- presented on a 9.7-inch screen -- offers greater picture quality than any other mobile device as it is based on a 2048 x 1536 arrangement that delivers 3.1 million pixels, meaning TV-quality images and saturation.
The device, which officially goes on sale in the U.S. on March 16, also boasts a faster A5X processor, a quad-core graphics chip and an upgraded five-megapixel iSight camera. In line with the personal organizer Siri that Apple rolled out on its iPhone 4S, the new iPad also features a new dictation key that lets users speak instead of type.
The third-generation iPad weighs in at 1.4 pounds but retains its slim shape with a thickness of 9.4 millimeters. One of the things that has not changed is the price: the gadget will still cost upwards of $499, for the 16 GB version, to $829 for a wireless 64 GB model.
Meanwhile, Apple said it will lower the price of the iPad 2 by $100.