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Apple unveils new iPad, new Apple TV, iPhoto for iOS  
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | by Rob Galbraith
Apple today has unveiled a new iPad. The third generation of its popular tablet has a higher-resolution 9.7-inch display (at 2048 x 1536 pixels, it contains four times more pixels than its predecessor) that is also said to have a 44% wider colour gamut, a faster A5X dual-core processor (with quad-core graphics circuitry), a new 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with promised improved photo quality and the ability to record 1080p video, voice dictation and optional 4G LTE cellular data network support. The company has also announced an updated Apple TV, featuring a boost in output resolution from 720p to 1080p, plus iPhoto for iOS devices.

Fresh Apple: The new iPad, running iPhoto for iPad. Click to enlarge (Photo courtesy Apple)

The new iPad appears to be called simply iPad, rather than iPad 3.

The new iPad, in variants with and without cellular data capabilities, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities and both black and white finishes, are to be available for pre-ordering later today starting at US$499 in the U.S. Shipments are to commence on March 16 in the following countries: U.S., Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. The 16GB model of the iPad 2 will continue in Apple's lineup, starting at a new lower price of US$399 in the U.S.

By the end of this month, the new iPad will be available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

The 1080p-capable Apple TV is to be available for ordering later today as well, and is to ship on March 16 for US$99 in the U.S. New software for the previous-generation Apple TV, which gives it the same restyled user interface as the just-announced Apple TV, is to come available today.

The company has also unveiled new versions of GarageBand, iMovie and apps in the iWork suite, plus an all-new iOS app: iPhoto. In addition, iOS 5.1 is to be rolled out beginning today, as is iTunes 10.6 for Mac and Windows.

Revision History
March 8, 2012: Corrected iPhoto device compatibility info.

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