Apple’s new iPad will be available March 16. The version with 16 gb of memory will cost $499, same as the current iPad2 — but models that accommodate its new 4G LTE capability on Verizon or AT&T will start at $629. No word on how much data plans will cost. The new battery will run 10 hours, but 9 hours on 4G. Users can dictate text and commands. The company says it will have a much sharper Retina Display, with 3.1M pixels — more than an HDTV. It also will have more power than the current iPad: an A5X, quad core graphics processor. It will have a 5 mega-pixel iSight camera on back, with auto exposure, auto-focus, and face detection. It also can record in HD and will have software stabilization. CEO Tim Cook says the company has sold 15.4M iPads. “We set out to create not just a new product, but a new category.”
He also said that the company will revamp its Apple TV with a new user interface. It will be available next week and cost $99. Also, movies and TV shows in the iTunes store will be available in 1080P HD quality.