Apple announces the new iPad — HD display, 4G data, Siri dictation

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Apple today announced a new iPad, available March 16. The device (in Apple's fashion named simply "iPad") costs the same as the current iPad 2. Key features include:

  • A new 2048 x 1536 display, with four times the pixels of the current iPad
  • 4G LTE data, over multiple carriers
  • Hotspot capability (if allowed by carrier)
  • Siri dictation, as an alternative to keyboard input
  • 10 hours of battery life, 9 hours when on LTE
  • Quad-core A4X processor

The iPad 2 will remain available at a discount: $399 for the 16GB WiFi model, and $529 for the 16GB 3G.

Apple also announced iOS 5.1, which should be available today, over the air.

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