ipad3 Apple announces iPad 3 with retina display, quad core graphics and 4G

Apple has announced the iPad 3, which will feature a retina display that the Cupertino, California-based company is promising will be “amazing,” in addition to a quad-core graphics and 4G.

Apple has announced the iPad 3, which will feature a retina display that the Cupertino, California-based company is promising will be “amazing,” in addition to a quad-core graphics and 4G.

 
The resolution of the device will be 2048×1536, with 3.1 million pixels or 264ppi, more than any other mobile device to date. In fact, it's so big that it could match the huge panel the company is showing its slides on today and people still wouldn't be able to see the individual pixels.
 
The screen also promises to feature 44 percent improved colour saturation over previous models. Add in 1080p video recording and a 5-megapixel “iSight” camera on the back, with auto-exposure, auto focus and other features for improving picture quality.
 
The device will also feature the A5X processor with quad-core graphics, which the company is promising is twice as fast as Nvidia's Tegra 3.
 
ipad3 2 Apple announces iPad 3 with retina display, quad core graphics and 4G
 
The iPad 3 is powered by a battery capable of running for 10 hours, or even nine hours in 4G, matching Apple's battery life claims for the iPad 2. The device is 9.4mm thick and weighs 1.4lbs.
 
Pricing will be $499, $599, $699 for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi models respectively. The 4G models will obviously be more expensive, with a price tag of $629, $729, and $829 respectively.
 
Finally, the new iPad will launch in US, UK, Japan, Singapore and several European countries on 16 March (next Friday), and Apple claims it will be its biggest product launch ever. No word yet on many other Asian countries.
 
Interestingly the iPad 3 hasn't been given a formal name yet. Rumours suggested it would be called the iPad HD, but nothing Apple has had so far confirms that name.
 
Update 1: Apple has confirmed it will release a white "new iPad."
 
Update 2: iPad 2 will still be on sale, with a $100 price drop. Apple thinks this will make the device more affordable and accessible, but it probably could have chopped off a bit more than that and still make a profit.
 
Update 3: Confirmation from Apple that the iPad 3 is technically just called the "iPad" or "new iPad," with a qualification that it is the "third generation" of the device. This move away from its previous naming convention is unusual and will likely cause a lot of confusion, an effect that is already apparent from those who were following the event.