Following months of speculation surrounding Apple’s next big product launch, the company announced on Wednesday that it will be releasing a new 4G LTE iPad featuring a 9.7-inch retina display.
The company made the big reveal on stage at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts — home of Apple’s first two iPad launches.
The LTE device will work with AT&T and Verizon in the U.S., and Bell, Telus and Rogers in Canada.
It will hit stores on Friday, March 16 not only in the U.S., but also in Japan, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and Austria.
Pre-orders start today. For Wi-Fi only iPads, it will cost $499 for 16 GB, $599 32 GB and $699 for 64 GB. For 4G models, it will cost $629 for 16 GB, $729 32 GB and $829 for 64 GB. It will have 10 hours of battery life, and 9 hours on 4G.
The iPad will also feature a retina display with 2048 x 1536 pixels, and 264 pixels for each inch. It will include 44% greater saturation and A5x quad-core graphics.