New iPad is thicker, heavier than old model

12:53 PM, Mar 7, 2012   |    comments
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple's new iPad will be thicker and heavier than the iPad 2 because it features a bigger, more powerful battery.

Even with a bigger battery, the battery life of the device stays the same: about 10 hours. That's because Apple has quadrupled the screen resolution, which in turn requires more computing power.

Apple revealed the device Wednesday at an event in San

The new iPad will be 9.4 millimeters thick, or 0.37 inches. That compares with 8.8 millimeters, or 0.34 inches, for the iPad 2.

The weight of the Wi-Fi-only model is going up from 1.33 pounds
to 1.44 pounds. Models equipped with modems for cellular data access are slightly heavier.

The new iPad will go on sale on March 16 in the U.S. and selected markets.

Here are a few tidbits from the new iPad but watch tonight on News10 5 p.m. for a complete review.

- The new model will just be called the iPad, not the iPad 3, iPad HD or other rumored names.

- The size and shape remains the same, but the screen resolution has been greatly increased to 2048 by 1536 pixels.

- Apple calls this a retina display, which means that the individual pixels can't be distinguished by the human eye.

- That means it has a higher resolution than a HDTV, with a million more pixels.

- This will mean sharper, cleaner images with more detail, and it can play back full 1080p HD video.

- Text will look sharper and smoother, for a more realistic look.

- It includes a quad-core graphics processor (the A5X), which means faster graphics and better games

- 4G data is available, for faster downloading, streaming and web browsing on the AT&T and Verizon networks.

- Pricing will remain the same as the current model, starting at $499 for the base model (16GB, WiFi) up to $849 for the tricked-out modelwith 64GB of memory and 4G wireless

- The iPad 2 gets a price cut: down to $399 for the WiFi only model and $529 for the 3G one.

The Associated Press

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