Apple unveiled the highly-anticipated new iPad today in an event at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, and the device's specs mostly matched the rumors.
The new iPad's form factor hasn't deviated much from the iPad 2's, but it sports a retina display with a resolution of 2048x1536, double the resolution of its predecessor.
It also has some major improvements under the hood. The new tablet is powered by an A5X chip, which features quad-core graphics and, Apple claims, offers four times the performance the competing Tegra 3 processor. It looks like Apple will be saving the rumored A6 processor for the iPhone 5.
The new iPad will also have a new 5-megapixel rear-facing lens, very similar to the iPhone 4S's camera setup, including the ability to record 1080p video.
It's also the first Apple device to take advantage of LTE technology, with Apple promising top speeds of 74Mbps over AT&T or Verizon LTE. Unfortunately, differences in LTE bands mean that Apple has to offer two versions of the tablet: one for AT&T and one for Verizon.
In Canada, Apple has confirmed LTE service from Rogers, Bell, and Telus.
The new iPad will hit store shelves on Friday, March 16th, starting at $499 for the Wi-Fi model and $629 for the 4G version. Pre-orders start today.
Along with the new tablet, Apple also introduced a new version of its Apple TV set-top box, featuring a new, iOS-inspired user interface, Bluetooth 4.0 support, and the ability to display 1080p HD video. Not coincidentally, movies and TV shows in Apple's iTunes store are now available in 1080p.
The new Apple TV arrives next week, at a price of $99. It will be available for pre-order today.
[verge / engadget / apple]