Apple unveils new iPad with sharper screen

The new iPad features a higher-resolution screen and a camera with auto focus and auto exposure. (Gary Reyes/San Jose Mercury News/MCT)

Apple Inc. has given the latest version of its iPad tablet several new features but no new name. And in a move that could prove useful for schools, the company will continue selling the older iPad 2 model, but at a reduced price.

When it goes on sale next week in the U.S. and several other countries, the latest version of the iPad will simply be “the iPad” or perhaps “the new iPad”—not “iPad 3” or “iPad HD,” as some had speculated.

The new iPad, unveiled March 7, comes with improvements that might not be readily apparent to the casual observer. It has, as expected, a sharper screen, driven by a faster processing chip that acts as the “brains” of the device. What was more surprising was that the new features mean the tablet computer will be slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, because it needs a larger battery to power the high-resolution screen.…Read More

New iPad expected with faster chip, sharper screen

Apple is holding an event Wednesday in San Francisco, and has hinted that it will reveal a new iPad model, the Associated Press reports. Rumors speak of an updated tablet with a speedier processor, a sharper screen and an option for faster wireless broadband access. If last year’s launch of the iPad 2 is any guide, the new iPad model will go on sale in the U.S. next week, likely on Friday. The upgrade from the iPad 2 to the iPad 3 will be less significant than the upgrade from the original iPad to the iPad 2, which added two cameras while cutting both the thickness and the weight of the device. One big unknown is whether Apple will keep the iPad 2 in production and offer it at a lower price, like it kept the iPhone 3GS after the launch of the iPhone 4…

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