New iPad Hits Stores in U.S. and 9 Other Countries on Friday

Stan Schroeder
Mashable

The latest version of Apple's iPad is coming to the U.S. and nine additional countries on Friday, Apple has revealed.

The device will arrive at Apple’s retail stores at 8:00 a.m. local time Friday in the U.S.

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It will also become available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, UK, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Apple's new tablet sports an improved “retina” display, a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, LTE support, 1 GB of RAM and an improved A5X CPU with quad-core graphics.

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Although it hasn't even hit the stores yet, there are indicators that the device is already selling very well in pre-orders. Apple has pushed the delivery date for new pre-ordered iPads back several times, which points to a very high demand.

The prices for the new iPad range from $499 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi version to $829 for the 64 GB 3G model.

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

Wi-Fi only iPads cost $499 for 16 GB, $599 32 GB and $699 for 64 GB, while 4G versions cost $629 for 16 GB, $729 32 GB and $829 for 64 GB. Pre-orders start today, and the devices will be in stores March 16 in these 10 countries: U.S., UK, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

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