The New iPad Media Event Round Up: What You Need to Know

So, pretty much all the rumours are true. The newest iPad was announced today, with many of the features we have all been hoping for. We’re following what Engadget has reported. Let’s go through the list of features:

  • Retina display. 2048 x 1536, at 264ppi.
  • A5X processor, with quad core graphics
  • New camera: 5-megapixel backside illuminated sensor on the back, 5-element lens, IR filter, and ISP built into ?the A5X chip. Pretty much the same as the iPhone 4S. Has auto focus and 1080p video recording.
  • Voice dictation. No Siri, but we will get the little mic next to the space bar. US English, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese languages are supported.
  • 4G LTE! New iPad has 21Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA at 42Mbps, AND LTE at 73Mbps. Will be availble on Rogers, Telus, and Bell, here in Canada. The new iPad includes Personal Hotspot, as well.
  • Battery life is the same as the iPad 2. 10 hours regular use, and 9 hours on 4G/LTE.
  • 9.4mm thin, weighing 1.4lbs
  • Prices are exactly the same as the iPad 2. $499, $599, and $699 for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB WIFI models. $629, $729, and $829 for the 4G LTE models.
  • Available March16th in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan. Pre-orders starting today!

Along with the new iPad announcement, also comes some new apps to take advantage of the new retina display. iWork for iPad gets an update, still $9.99 each. Big updates for iMovie and Garageband. iPhoto for iOS was announced. All $4.99 each. Free to update, if you already own them. iPhoto for iOS looks absolutely amazing on the iPad, and is available in the App Store today. We also learned that the iPad 2 will still continue to be sold, but just the 16GB model, and for $100 less.

For even more details on today’s iPad announcement, head over to our sister site, www.iPadinCanada.ca. Apple has also updated their iPad page.

Update: Here’s a quick overview of the new iPad in under 3 minutes, by Kris Meador (@meadorsmusings):

  • Garret

    Looks like Canadians will be paying $20 extra for the iPads this year.

  • Anonymous

    So it’s just called;

    iPad

    Not 3 or HD or anything else… Nice

  • StarAnp

    No iOS 5.1 today?

  • Anonymous

    iPad

  • sigh… just got an iPad 2 last weekend. This isn’t good. My iPad’s just dropped like 150 bucks at least. ><

  • It’s out now

  • Meena00

    The first 3 points are the ONLY highlights on this new ipad..Not enough to trade my Ipad 2.. 

  • ThatGuy

    You are still within acceptable return timeframe. Get your money back then buy a new one for $100 less or get the iPad 3

  • Kraken

    Just pre-ordered mine.  iPad 3 64GB 4G LTE.

  • Anon

     + HST.  Proud to be a Canadian and love to pay all the ‘extras’.

  • Anonymous

     Unless of course you’re an Albertan! Ha!

  • Anonymous

     I betcha we see the same thing with the iPhone this year. No more numbering, just iPhone.

  • Anonymous

    Defs gonna get me one! Also, Rogers just found a new way to rape me. It’s called LTE!

  • Vas

    Still wondering why the new iPad won’t have Siri…

  • Kraken

    Thank god it’s physically identical to the iPad 2.  Don’t have to purchase new case, and mounting hardware for my car.  

  • Kraken

    They’ve made Siri  exclusive to the iPhone 4S, and it’s still in beta.    Until Canada and other countries get support, Siri is pretty much useless outside the US.

  • Kraken

     The first 3 points are the only reasons why I’m selling off my iPad 2.  LOL

  • Anon

    Just consider the $150 loss a ‘stupid’ tax.

  • Kirk

    dang, I feel for you..

  • Kraken

    It’s called ‘The New iPad’.  Which will eventually turn into iPad 3 in a couple of months or so when it’s not so new.

  • Kraken

    Not going to happen. 

  • Cjhermes

    it’s not. it’s thicker.

  • Anon

     It still has the best of Siri – dictation, with mic button on the keyboard.