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The New iPad

No big surprises here.

  • Retina display with 2048-by-1536 resolution
  • New A5X processor with quad-core graphics, still with a 10 hour battery
  • 5 megapixel iSight camera to shoot photos or HD video with
  • New wireless connectivity options up to 4G LTE

You can watch the video of the keynote or visit Apple’s website for the new iPad.

No iPad 2S, 2HD, 3, iPad HDx2, etc. naming convention here. Just simply the new iPad. Which is exactly what everyone will be calling it.

I suspect the next iPhone will follow suite and be called simply ‘the new iPhone’.

Pricing in Canada:

Wi-Fi

  • $519 16GB
  • $619 32GB
  • $719 64GB

Wi-Fi + 4G

  • $649 16GB
  • $749 32GB
  • $849 64GB

Interestingly, the iPad 2 (previous generation) is still available with a $100 price drop:

Wi-Fi

  • $419 16GB

Wi-Fi + 3G

  • $549 16GB

New Apps for iOS

There’s new versions of GarageBand ($4.99) (including a new feature called Jam Session where up to 4 iOS devices can make music together) and iMovie ($4.99) and a brand new version of iPhoto for iOS ($4.99).

The iWork suite also gets updated with Keynote ($9.99), Numbers ($9.99) and Pages ($9.99) all seeing improvements for retina display on the new iPad.

The best part is that Apple is doing what they expect their developers to do – the new versions of these apps are free upgrades to people who previously purchased them.

iOS 5.1

There’s also a new version of iOS with updates to a lot of camera/photo related features notably the ability to delete photos from your Photo Stream.

Follow these instructions for how to upgrade your iOS device to the latest version.

You’ll need at least 1GB of free space on your iPhone or iPad to be able to install the update.

New Apple TV

Support for 1080P video, upgraded user interface, iTunes Match, improved iCloud support with movies you’ve purchased, Photo Stream so that pictures you take on an iPhone/iPad are automagically on your Apple TV.

Links and Videos

Tons of new stuff to read or watch on Apple’s site.

Should You Buy The New iPad?

If you already have a previous iPad, whether version 1 or 2, and you don’t want to upgrade then just don’t ever look at the new iPad’s retina display. If it’s anything like the difference between an iPhone 3GS and an iPhone 4 – once you see the new display your old iPad’s screen will look pixellated and fuzzy, particularly when viewing text.

Reality Distortion Field Version: If you don’t already have an iPad and have been holding out, this is the version to finally take the leap and jump in with.

Normal Reality Version: You’ll be fine without an iPad, new or otherwise. Pick up a used iPad 1 or 2 to play with iOS if you’re curious.

The iPad really is a world-changing device whether you buy one or not. Especially when you consider it didn’t even exist 2 years ago.