Today’s Apple event is all about the third generation of the wildly successful iPad and the newest version of Apple TV. Those major releases, an iOS update, new apps sales stats are just some of the things we’ve learned.
Tons of details have been shared, so get ready for all the juicy details. Here’s everything you need to know:
Apple introduces the new iPad with Retina display
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Apple has just announced its brand new iPad, which packs a high-resolution Retina Display running at 2048×1536 with a pixel density of 264PPI. That’s 3.1M total pixels.
The new display is powered by a quad-core A5X processor with improved graphics capabilities. The device maintains the current 10 hour battery life with 9 hours on 4G. It’s 9.4mm thick and weighs 1.4 pounds.
Apple CEO Tim Cook on the new iPad: “Until you see it you can’t understand how amazing it is.”
The iPad is priced at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. And $629, $729, and $829 for 4G. It will be available on March 16th in the US and select countries, and is available for pre-order today. It will be available from March 23 for 32 other countries. Click here for more.
Apple confirms the new Apple TV
Apple announced the new Apple TV, which will support 1080p redownloading of items that you’ve purchased. There’s also a completely new, iOS-esque interface for the device.
Eddy Que came to the stage to talk about the new interface, which features better support for movies and the addition of PhotoStream. Click here for more.
Apple releases iOS 5.1, with Siri in Japanese
Apple announced that the final version of iOS 5.1 is available today, rolling out the update to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices following the launch announcement. iDevice owners will be able to download it today via iTunes.
Tim Cook noted that Apple has added Siri support for Japanese users, which we knew before, but has finally confirmed it. Click here for more.
iPhoto comes to the iPad
Yes, iPhoto is finally arriving on the iPad. According to the keynote, it’s all about all editing — effects, photo-beaming (from device to device) and new photo journals.
The company announced a raft of updates to its existing tablet-centric apps including Garageband, iMovie and iWork but also launched a new (and expected app) — iPhoto. Click here for more.
Apple updates iWork, iMove and Garageband for iPad
Along with the new iPhoto, Apple has updated iWork, iMove and Garageband. The main changes to iWork are visual, as Apple’s productivity apps got a redesign to go along the new iPad’s Retina Display.
As for Garageband, the update brings a new Note Editor, instruments, Smart Strings and iCloud integration. Lastly, iMovie now allows you to make movie trailers, do outlining and storyboarding and record in 1080p. Click here for more.
172 million iOS devices sold, making 76% of company revenue
Tim Cook opened today’s presentation by talking up its amazing growth Apple has seen in what it calls the post-PC era. Cook says that its line of iDevices have sold a jaw-dropping 172M units and now makes up for 76% of its revenue. Click here for more.
Epic Games Announces Infinity Blade: Dungeons for iPad
Epic Games took the stage to share a sneak peak of Infinity Blade: Dungeons. Once again, you’re on a quest. But this time, you’re looking to build the Infinity Blade itself.
The game looks killer, with HDR graphics and tone mapping, especially with the new lighting that the iPad’s quad-core graphics processor can handle. Click here for more.
Tim Cook picks on Twitter’s Samsung Tablet App
During Apple’s iPad event today, while CEO Tim Cook was talking about the new beautiful Retina display graphics on the new iPad, he flashed up a slide showing the Twitter app on a Samsung Tablet:
It kind of looks like a blown-up smartphone app, because that’s exactly what it is. Compare that to Twitter on iPad.
Tim Cook’s jab didn’t stop there. He also took a shot at Yelp’s app. Click here for more.
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