APPLE has unveiled its third iPad, promising a stunning new Retina display, quad-core graphics and a five megapixel camera which can shoot 1080p HD video.
The new device, unveiled in San Francisco early today, will come with a new introductory price tag as low as $539 in Australia while the price for the older model has dropped to $429.
But there is a glitch for Australian users in the short term with it unable to connect to the new 4G network.
Apple says the powerful new A5X chip was specifically designed by Apple to deliver a fast, responsive user experience while supporting the incredible Retina display.
The company hopes it will tap into users wanting a superior experience watching HD videos and movies on the tablet.
"The new iPad redefines the category Apple created less than two years ago, delivering the most amazing experience people have ever had with technology," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
"The new iPad now has the highest resolution display ever seen on a mobile device with 3.1 million pixels, delivering razor sharp text and unbelievable detail in photos and videos."
The new iPad's Retina display delivers four times the number of pixels of iPad 2, so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when held at a normal distance, making web pages, text, images and video look incredibly sharp and realistic.
The 3.1 million pixels in the Retina display are more than one million more pixels than an HD TV, and with 44 percent increased colour saturation the new iPad displays colours that are richer, deeper and more vivid.
The 5 megapixel iSight camera features advanced optics for taking stunning pictures and recording full HD video.
Backside illumination allows you to take great photos in low-light conditions and a new video image stabilisation feature removes the bumps and shakes typically seen when filming with a hand-held device.
Images can be enjoyed on the large Retina display, then edited, enhanced and easily shared with friends and family using the built-in Photos app on iPad.
iPad Wi-Fi + 4G with built-in next generation 4G LTE has the most comprehensive support for fast networks worldwide including HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA, and now both CDMA and GSM iPad users have the ability to easily roam internationally.
iOS 5.1 also works seamlessly with iCloud®, including iTunes® in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud.
The new iPad also supports dictation.
Instead of typing, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard, then say what you want to say and the new iPad listens.
Tap done, and iPad converts your words into text. You can use dictation to write messages, take notes, search the web and more. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can update your Facebook status, tweet, or write Instagram captions.
Apple also introduced the iPhoto® app, along with major updates to iMovie® and GarageBand®, completing its suite of iLife® apps for iOS.
iLife and the iWork® apps, Pages®, Keynote® and Numbers®, have all been updated to take advantage of the new iPad Retina display.
iPhoto includes breakthrough Multi-Touch features so you can use simple gestures to sort through hundreds of photos and find your best shots, enhance and retouch your images using fingertip brushes and share stunning photo journals with iCloud.
iMovie now gives you the ability to create amazing Hollywood-style trailers as you record HD video, and GarageBand introduces Jam Session, an innovative and fun new feature that allows a group of friends to wirelessly connect to play instruments and record music together live on their iOS devices.
Pricing & Availability
The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white on Friday, 16 March for a recommended retail price of AUD$539 inc GST for the 16GB model, AUD$649 inc GST for the 32GB model and AUD$759 inc. GST for the 64GB model.
iPad Wi-Fi + 4G will be available for a recommended retail price of AUD$679 inc GST for the 16GB model, AUD$789 inc GST for the 32GB model and AUD$899 inc. GST for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com/au), Apple's retail stores, and select Apple Authorised Resellers.
Customers can begin pre-ordering their new iPad today, and the incredible iPad 2 is now offered at a more affordable RRP of AUD$429 inc. GST for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and just AUD$569 inc. GST for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.
iOS 5.1 and iTunes 10.6 are available today as free software updates.