Today is March 7th a day the internet has been buzzing about for weeks because of what Apple was going to announce. Well they’ve announced it, the new iPad. This is the next advancement in Apples industry leading tablet, and it is going to make people who bought an iPad 2 furious.

For starters, the new iPad is packing the new quad-core A5X chip, which Apple claims has “four times the performance” of the Tegra 3 (no benchmarks to prove it yet).

Next up is Retina Display, 1080p, 2048 x 1536 9.7″ display (264 ppi). Which will go nicely with all the new pictures you take with the 5-megapixel backside illuminated sensor, 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X. That means better photos by far than anything the iPad 2 could produce even on it’s best day, and on par with the iPhone 4S.

4G LTE, this is a big one especially for tablet users, the new iPad now has LTE. Apple  has signed on with Verizon, Rogers, Bell, Telus and AT&T to be the LTE partners. Apple also noted that they will work with other networks around the world.

All in all solid improvements to an already impressive device. The new iPads will weigh in at 1.4 lbs and 9.4mm of thickness. Pre-orders start today for US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan for a simultaneous release. They’ll be available on March 16th (next Friday), starting at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $629 for the 16GB 4G model, then running up $100 per 16 GB for each version.


The team at Engadget