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Apple Inc. unveiled a new iPad tablet with a sharper display and the ability to connect to the Internet on 4G broadband networks, as the electronics giant strives to stay ahead of rivals in the tablet market.

The new iPad will have a high-resolution “retina” display and connect to 4G LTE services that are offered by carriers like AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless. The tablet will also have a five megapixel camera.

The new 9.7-inch iPad starts at $499 and has 2048×1536-pixel retina display, 5-megapixel camera (with the same optics sensor from the iPhone 4S) and 1080p video recording. It will be available March 16 in black and white, powered by A5X chip (with quad-core graphics) and support 4G LTE networks. It’s 9.4 millimeters thick and weighs in at 1.4 pounds.

It will hit stores on Friday, March 16 not only in the U.S., but also in Japan, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and Austria. And for the rest one wait until March 23.

Pre-orders start today. For Wi-Fi only iPads, it will cost $499 for 16 GB, $599 32 GB and $699 for 64 GB. For 4G models, it will cost $629 for 16 GB, $729 32 GB and $829 for 64 GB. It will have 10 hours of battery life, and 9 hours on 4G.

The iPad will also feature a retina display with 2048 x 1536 pixels, and 264 pixels for each inch. It will include 44% greater saturation and A5x quad-core graphics.

Apple is working on two LTE versions of the iPad with AT&T, Verizon in the U.S., as well as Rogers, Telus and Bell in Canada. Both LTE U.S. models will be 3G ready, too.

Update : Apple’s new iPad ship date slips to March 19th in the US

Source : Engadget,Mashable,TheVerge