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New iPad: A5X processor, out March 16, Infinity Blade: Dungeons announced

Wednesday, 7th March 2012 18:24 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at Apple’s San Francisco event this afternoon to deliver his keynote and announce “the new iPad” with retina display and a A5X quad-core processor.

The New iPad

Available March 16 in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan.

Now available for pre-order; online orders to arrive on March 19.

Releases on March 23 elsewhere in the world.

Contains a A5X processor with quad-core graphics and retina display.

2048 x 1536 resolution; contains 3.1 million pixels; can be held at 15 inches; 44% better color saturation.

Supports 4G LTE, 3G, and Wi-fi.

Wi-fi only: $499 for 16GB, 32GB for $599 and 64GB for $699.

4G: $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB.

iPad 2 getting a price drop of $100: $399 for a 16GB WiFi model. $529 for the WiFi/3G version.

Infinity Blade: Dungeons announced as “coming soon” by Epic president Mike Capps.

Namco to release action-flight game Sky Gamblers as iOS-exclusive coming “later this month.”

A new iPad

“We think that iPad is the poster child of the post-PC world,” said Cook. “The momentum behind iPad has been incredible and it has surprised virtually everyone.

“When we set out to create the iPad we set out to create not just a new product but a new category. In order to do that, the iPad had to be the best device for doing some of the things that you do most often. This is remarkable for a device that has been on the market for less than two years.”

Cook added that when questioned, iPad users said they prefer the device for browsing and to play games on more than any other device – more so than consoles – and over 200,000 custom apps have been created specifically for the iPad.

15.4 million iPad’s were sold in Q4 2011 and as of Q1 2012 55 million iPads have been sold.

Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller took the stage after Cook’s announcement to talk about the new tablet which has a higher​ resolution of 2048 x 1536 and contains a total of 3.1 million pixels and can be held at 15 inches with 44% better color saturation. It contains a A5X processor with quad-core graphics.

The pad contains the iSight camera which contains 1080p video recording, 5-megapixel backside illuminated sensor, 5-element lens, IR filter, and ISP built into ​the A5X chip – basically the same set-up as iPhone 4S.

It also contains a microphone which supports US English, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese.

Another feature announced was AT&T 4G LTE and it now has 21Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA at 42Mbps, with LTE at 73Mbps. Verizon LTE was announced as well and Vimeo was shown running in order for folks to gauge the speed.

Rogers, Bell, and Telus will also be LTE partners in the US and other carriers around the world will partner with Apple as well. The various bands of LTE put there will mean separate devices for AT&T and Verizon – of course – and 3G is still enabled so no worries there and if the carrier supports it, the new iPad can be used as a personal hotspot. It also has Home button.

“It’s​ no small feat,” said Schiller. “This new iPad has the most wireless bands that has ever shipped.”

It boasts 10 hours of battery life and 9 hours on 4G, is 9.4mm thin, weighs 1.4lbs, doesn’t contain a new Dock Connector, and will run you $499 for 16GB, 32GB for $599 and 64GB for $699. If you want 4G it’s $629, $729 and $829. Same prices as current iPad, and it’s available on March 16 in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan.

March 23 elsewhere.

You can pre-order today.

iPad 2 is getting $100 knocked off as well, and it will now run you $399 for a 16GB WiFi model and $529 for the WiFi/3G version.

Games and Apps

Mike Capps, president of Epic Games, took the stage to announce Infinity Blade: Dungeons. You’re on a quest to craft the “ultimate weapon” -the Infinity Blade. It has HDR graphics and tone-mapping. It allows players form ​chain-attack, and freeze them even.

“This new device has more memory and higher screen resolution than an Xbox 360 or PS3.” – Epic president Mike Capps.

There’ll be a new crafting system, dungeon crafting.

“It’s only going to look like this and play ​like this on the new iPad, ” said Capps.

“The Unreal engine is unleashing the power of the new iPad,” he added. “This new device has more memory and higher screen resolution than an Xbox 360 or PS3.”

The game was listed as “coming soon.”

James Shelton from Namco took the stage to announce Sky Gamblers, which looked a bit like the latest Ace Combat according to Engadget. The demo showed 50 jets dogfighting, it was “console quality” according to Shelton, and and iOS-exclusive launching later this month.

iPhoto with new gestures, new effects, multi-touch editing, the ability to beam photos directly between devices was announced as well as updates to iMovie, and Garage Band.

A good Q4 2011

Apple has said last year it sold 172 million post-PC devices which was 76% of its revenues of Q4 2011.

The firm also has 362 retail stores, and 110 million visitors walked through the doors during Q4 2011.

According to Cook, “iPhone, iPad, iPod touch are all based on iOS and we have now sold an astonishing 315 million devices through last year, 62 million in Q4 2011.”

Siri will also see a Japanese release and part of iOS 5.1 will be available today, and rolling out to Japan “over the next few weeks.”

Cook also said during his keynote that 585,000 apps are currently in the store and 25 billion have been downloaded – the 25 billionth of which was downloaded in China.

Apple TV and iCloud

Over 100 million people use iCloud and iTunes now supports movies in iCloud allowing you to re-download movies you’ve purchased on any device, and movies and TV shows now support 1080p thanks to the new Apple TV which supports 1080p with a “streamlined new user interface.”

Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, Eddy Cue, took the stage to demo the new Apple TV which has a new UI in full 1080p and users can find their iTunes playlists from iCloud on it with thrid-party apps are much easier to access as well.

It also recommends movies based on what users have watched – Engadget noted it took 10 seconds for a movie to start playing on the device.

It will run you $99.

A live blog of the event can be found over on Engadget. Much thanks to the site for the coverage and the lovely photos from the event.

Apple has released a video for the new iPad and you can watch it below.

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31 Comments

  1. Gheritt White

    OMG – expensive!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Colin Gallacher

    Pretty much as everyone was expecting.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. JimFear-666

    overpriced as usual… anyway i couldnt care less about apple product.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. unacomn

    That’s a lot of money to watch porn on the go. But still, porn is porn.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    It has much better resolution than XBOX 360 or PS3.

    I’m sorry, but current gen must go away this year. Even iPad is now more powerful than 360 and PS3 at some point.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. polygem

    thing is i have to roll eyes everytime i see folks with superexpensive tech gear in the public. nice hairdo, fashionable, ipad, 29 – boredom in the eyes, no fire, just capitalism written all over the face. wasted youth. there are lots of those. it´s kind of pathetic to own those luxury things that are obviously way overpriced and people even want them to be overpriced so they can show off their shiny little status symbols. i´m not buying this stuff. people think it´s on vogue and cool but it totally is the opposite, it´s the essence of uncoolness. it´s like driving a suv. i´d feel like a moron….on the other hand i just bought those super sized mario and luigi vinyl toy figures today. i am obviously a moron too.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. rrw

    #5 oh cmon, you know resolution is not how you you measure how powerful a device is.

    beside the one that held back consoles resolution is TV technology. hardly TV for now have more than 1080p resolution

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Dimaco

    @6 + 1
    Kudos man, that explains it so well I needn’t add a thing…

    #8 3 years ago
  9. jdfoster00

    Terrible, terrible pricing strategy in the age of austerity and budgeting. Also I don’t think it will be successful in the UK because one of it’s main features…4G is UNUSABLE in the UK… No one offfers 4G yet in the UK… (from C4 article that I agreed with (http://blogs.channel4.com/benjamin-cohen-on-technology/new-ipad-announced-but-it-wont-work-properly-in-uk/3336)

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Colin Gallacher

    @9

    Yeah so bad they sold 15.4 million iPads in Q4 2011. Heh.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. diego-rbb-93

    5# “I’m sorry, but current gen must go away this year. Even iPad is now more powerful than 360 and PS3 at some point.”

    That´s completely wrong (I wish it was true, of course).

    The true is actually that Ipad 3 could be a little bit less poweful than Vita (being the same model, Vita PowerVR GPU was customized by Sony in order to be really powerful according to Vita gaming capacities. Other point is the Dual Core A5 vs Quad Core Vita, all of them ARM Cortex A9, but I don´t know if A5 really needs two more cores to perform the same power, as Apple processor are awesome), but… Probably the Ipad will be more productive on games because of that “holy shit” resolution.

    You shouldnt expect tablets with Ps3/360 graphics power, at least, in two years, seeing what Tegra is able to do.

    9#. In Spain actually is like 4G doesn´t exist for nobody.

    I don´t think 4G capacities will be a game-changer for any device this gen.

    And talking about pricing, how can you say it´s bad when you have a Transforme Prime for 600 dollars and everybody saying it´s a really good device? Damn, I just have to remember the Xperia Play for 600 dollars to be sure that Apple isn´t stealing you money this time.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. calloftech

    Watch The TV Commercial Here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0x98o9U390

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Lahanas

    Nobody gives a rat’s ass about the new iPad. Real gamers play on consoles and PC.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    @11, “Vita PowerVR GPU was customized by Sony in order to be really powerful according to Vita gaming capacities. ”

    I’m sorry, what? sony’s GPU is Series 5XT (SGXMP).
    Ipad 3 GPU is 4x times powerful than it’s previous iPad 2 GPU which was similar to Vita’s

    Vita have only a powerful CPU, but that’s it.

    Not to mention that iPad 3 will have more than 512 MB RAM and HD resolution.
    I’m not saying that it is much more powerful than PS3 or 360. I’m saying that in some parts it has more power than current gen consoles which means that 6-7 year old consoles need to go. They are done because even tablet has almost the same power as consoles.

    What’s next? iPhone 5 have more power than consoles?

    @7, “beside the one that held back consoles resolution is TV technology. hardly TV for now have more than 1080p resolution”

    Bollocks. TV’s 6-7 years ago were capable of doing 720p or 1080p not to mention about PC that could do 1080p without any problem.

    current gen games on consoles support 720p resolution in 90% of games and 720p is the thing of the past.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. G1GAHURTZ

    I’d rather buy a Vita.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. minxamo

    That resolution is pretty incredible, especially given the price, and the fact it’s Apple making it.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Da Man

    #6 – Cool story, brah. Personally I like to read Dostoevsky on iPad :) .

    #17 3 years ago
  18. diego-rbb-93

    #14.

    Erthazus, wrong again, if press doesn´t lie to me.

    First, the Ipad 2 GPU didn´t match the Vita power in any way, it´s impossible. In fact, Ipad 2 used 543MP2.

    Second, according to AnandTech, New Ipad uses PowerVR SGX543MP4, same model as Vita, but Vita´s model name is SGX543MP4+, a plus that Sony said it means that they customized the GPU in collaboration with PowerVR to improve Vita graphics in the way they wanted.

    If I fail, not my fault but press error.

    But you can´t say that tablets have already matched the actual consoles power in any way. Extreme HD Resolution is exactly the trick that will make games to seem more awesome that consoles, that is true. But ir´s necesary a bit more of power to say that I will see something like Gears Of War 1 in Ipad.

    Infinity Blade it´s awesome and the actual Unreal Engine on iOS and browsers is just epic. But that doesn´t mean it matches any kind of true console power. In fact, I really hope to see that moment the sooner posible. But you should wait a bit more, because you can´t compare an 8 core processor and the RSX graphic processor (based on GeForce 7800 GTX) with this.

    Hell man, its true that tablets are having balls in order to kill these old machines. But for one more year they wont do it in a real way, as Vita haven´t been able to do it, being close yeah, but being far too, and you only have to see Uncharted Golden Abyss, his pros and cons.

    Of course, in front of the gallery, they will do (that Namco demo was awesome, and I only saw two photos, really the Ps3 Level, but it s a trick too, as Infinity Blade was a trick in the moment they tell you that to maintain the game doing what it does, you can´t include a lot of enemies in the screen, you can´t move wherever you want with the stick and must be always drived to the place they want, ect… What Citadel allowed you to do, Infinity Blade doesn´t, because of hardware limitations running the game).

    Iphone 5 won´t be nothing but an Ipad 3 in miniature. It´s clear that it will incorpore the A5X (who knows if a A6 Quad Core) and the Quad Core GPU. You can´t expect anything else from it.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    @18, Hmm. Can you link me that press?

    I’m just looking at Wikipedia. There is not enough information. But i know for sure that iPad 3 have more Ram and much better resolution than curent gen consoles which is a good thing. So it definitely can do something more than current gen.

    for me it’s good, because new consoles should come in the near future a bit faster :)

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Stephany Nunneley

    @17 Hey now, leave the mad Russian out of this! :p

    #20 3 years ago
  21. diego-rbb-93

    Here Erthazus, catch:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5645/apples-a5x-soc-quadcore-graphics

    Of course New Ipad will have more RAM. Apple should be killed if they haven´t include at least 1GB or 1,5GB. In fact, I hope to see 2GB, but being Apple, i wouldn´t have too much hope.

    As i told you before, the Hd Resolution is a powerful trick, but a trick after all. It will display the games brutally good, sure. But it will still suffer on some points in comparation to console hardwares.

    PD: For what im reading on that news, it wouldn´t be strange if actually Iphone 5 performs a true A6 Quad Core, what I´m sure, it would make of him a killer gaming machine, if it brings the same GPU model that New Ipad uses.

    And of course, Vita will be overpowered really soon, if Galaxy SIII doesn´t do it. But Vita it´s another topic to talk, as it´s a hardware that wants to be fully exprimed over the years, and as Apple is completely stubborn to demostrate that they aren´t able to create an aproppiated platform for gaming.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. stretch215

    Wikipedia? LOL – That explains a lot.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Christopher Jack

    The only thing that interests me about this is its resolution, not because its on the product itself but because its likely to encourage manufacturers of all sorts of electronics, from simple televisions to laptops & everything in between, to start focusing on higher res screens. Sony & MS should be aiming for a minimum of fHD@60FPS for next their next gen consoles, hate to sound like a familiar cynical person on this site, but anything lower will be unacceptable. Although I think WQXGA(2560*1600) should be the future standard for anything above 50″.

    @22, Wikipedia has become an acceptable source of information, although don’t expect every detail you’d want & because its constantly being altered, don’t expect it to ALWAYS be 100% correct, it’s best to follow its source links for each part of info you plan on researching if its in the slightest bit important to you.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. DarkElfa

    I’ll probably pick up the 499$ one for my wife. She got one a year or so ago and the kids high jacked it. With the higher rez, reading will be easier for her.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Christopher Jack

    Still a niche product, as are Android tablets, glorified app launchers & media players. I think everyone who wants any form of productivity from their tablet should wait for Windows 8 tabs, although I don’t know how compatible their ARM tablets as there probably won’t be much, if any backwards compatibility, but you could always opt for the tried & true x86 tablets from AMD & Intel, just don’t expect them to run Crysis or to last as long as their ARM equivalent… without streaming or if you pay over $1000 in which case, don’t expect it to run on max.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Patrick Garratt

    Just caught up on all this. I can’t see why this is going to change too much games-wise. It’s the same thing but better, right?

    #26 3 years ago
  27. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Thats all Apple do.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. G1GAHURTZ

    It’s the same thing but better, right?

    Spot on.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. rrw

    #14

    so me TV that can do at least 2048 x 1536 then we talk.

    if not there is no point for Dev to pursue higher resolution on console which mainlly played with big screen TV

    #29 3 years ago
  30. stretch215

    @23 No, it’s definitely not. Try citing Wikipedia in a term paper and see what the professor has to say. I’m currently in grad school, and EVERY professor (even at this level) has, outlined in the syllabus, NO Wikipedia. I guess for the lazy people who don’t feel like doing real research. So yeah, in the real world Wikipedia is a no – go.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Christopher Jack

    @30, “…don’t expect every detail you’d want & because its constantly being altered, don’t expect it to ALWAYS be 100% correct, it’s best to follow its source links for each part of info you plan on researching if its in the slightest bit important to you”

    No one with a brain would dare cite wikipedia itself when doing research but it generally has the links to the sources that you would want. Don’t believe anything unless it has a reliable source on wikipedia. Wikipedia itself is more or less a hub of information, I mean if you’re going to write Wikipedia as your reference in a paper, you may as well have written the internet instead. Wiki is great if you’re looking for some basic info & generally credible enough for regular conversations.

    #31 3 years ago

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