The new iPad: What you get

Get the scoop on the new iPad, thoughtfully named, "the new iPad." Features, prices, and resource links are here in one place.

Calling the new iPad "the new iPad" doesn't seem like revolutionary marketing (and maybe a tad confusing), but today's Apple event ushered in the latest version of the popular tablet (starting at $499), while also announcing an even more competitive price for the iPad 2 -- $399 for the Wi-Fi only version. If you can get into the Apple Store, pre-orders for the new iPad are available ahead of its official release date of March 16.

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So what exactly are you getting in the new iPad? Primarily, a whole lot of screen -- the Retina display boasts a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels -- more than any other laptop or desktop currently on the market, or, as Apple puts it, that's 44 percent greater color saturation, 3.1 million pixels -- "four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV." The design is virtually identical to the iPad 2: 9.5 inches tall and 7.31 inches wide, 0.37 inch thick, and, weighing 1.5 pounds.

Here are the feature highlights:

  • 5-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording
  • Upgraded A5X processor with quad-core graphics
  • 4G LTE models available with prices for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB at $629, $729, and $829, respectively
  • Can serve as a personal hotspot for up to five devices (dependent on carrier support)
  • 10-hour battery life; up to 9 hours using the 4G LTE network