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iPad 3 / iPad HD is official

New iPad out March 16 with retina display

Apple's announced a brand new iPad at its San Francisco press conference this afternoon, and it's releasing on March 16 for £399 / $499.

As expected, the device features a 'retina display' screen which comes in at 9.7 inches - So it's the same size as the original iPad, though slightly thicker at 9.4mm (iPad 2 is 8.8mm).

The display comes in at 264ppi in sharpness which is enough to pack in 2048 x 1536 pixels into the screen.

The new iPad also features a A5x chip with quad-core graphics and a 5MP iSight camera that supports 1080p video recording. Battery life clocks in at 10 hours.

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Epic Games, which announced a brand new Infinity Blade game in San Francisco, has already claimed the new iPad is more powerful than Xbox 360 and PS3 in terms of resolution and memory.

The device will support 4G LTE in North America and Apple showed it off by downloading 5 photos from an e-mail attachment faster than a 3G iPad could download one.

Excitingly for journos, Apple's also added a keyboard button for voice dictation, which works with US, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese.

Pricing looks fairly standard for Apple: a 16GB version is £399 / $499, 32GB is £479 / $599 and 64GB is £559 / $699. Interestingly, Apple will be dropping the price of a 16GB iPad 2 by $100 to $399 in the US and £329 in the UK - very cheap for an Apple product.

Apple's also confirmed it's rolling out iOS 5.1 from today, which adds a refreshed camera app, multi-language dictation and a personal hotspot function.

[ SOURCE: Tech Radar ]

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