COLUMBIA — Apple unveiled a new iPad Wednesday at a news conference in San Francisco, just in time to make the wish lists of this spring's soon-to-be graduates.
Demand among college students will be strong come March 16, when the new iPad is scheduled to be released, said John Adams, assistant director of technology, sales and services at TigerTech.
TigerTech, the technology store and help center at the MU Bookstore, usually gets a lot of interest when Apple puts a new product out.
"As soon as we got demos on display, students came in and played with them," Adams said of the iPad 2 release. "The interest is there, people have been asking about (the new iPad)."
He added that the previous iPads also came out in March and April, in time for graduation, but that they continued to sell throughout the year.
Adams said the iPad is also in demand by young professionals because it's portable and can be more affordable than a desktop computer or laptop. He said the iPad has wonderful applications that are becoming more and more useful to students and professionals.
According to live blogging from CNNMoney done at the San Francisco conference, the new iPad boasts both expected and unexpected new features of Apple technology, some of which were debuted on the iPhone 4S:
- New "Retina" 9.7-inch screen for its highest resolution yet, going from 1024 by 768 pixels to 2048 by 1536 pixels
- 3.1 million pixels on the display
- A5X processor with quad-core graphics
- 5 megapixels
- 1080p video recording
- Microphone for voice dictation
- 10 hours of battery life, nine hours on 4G
- 4G LTE network enabled, which means faster streaming and better quality video
- 9.44 mm thin and 1.4 lbs (slighter wider and heavier than the iPad 2)
The new iPad will be supported by AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Bell and Telus. The iPad 3 will start at $499 for a Wi-Fi model, and $629 for a model with both Wi-Fi and 4G capabilities. Both models have 16 GB of space.