Will the new iPad be a transformative device?

Apple’s iPad has been a transformative tablet device, but it was cursed from the beginning with a low-resolution display. That changed today with the launch of the iPad HD, Apple’s third-generation tablet, which adds an ultra-high resolution Retina Display and LTE 4G connectivity.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the iPad HD at a media event in San Francisco today, where he also announced an updated Apple TV set-top box. “We think the iPad is the poster-child of the post-PC world,” Cook said.

Almost boasting, he reminded the audience that Apple sold 15.5 million iPads last quarter, more than any PC manufacturer sold in their computer lines.

The iPad HD boasts a new screen with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels, a huge bump over the previous iPad’s 1024 by 768 screen. Apple says it features 264 pixels per inch, and it’s enough to call it a Retina Display since you’ll be holding the device farther than you would an iPhone.

The tablet also features a new processor, Apple’s A5X, which features quad-core graphics capabilities. The company says it offers four times the graphics performance of Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3.

As expected, Apple updated the iPad’s camera capabilities: It can now shoot 5-megapixel photos from a rear camera as well as 1080p video. The rear camera sports backside illumination (for better low-light performance), a 5-element lens, and a hybrid IR filter.

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