Apple reveals new iPad with 3.1 million pixel Retina display

Apple revealed a slightly thicker iPad yesterday, featuring a 9.7-inch Retina display spanning 2048 x 1536 panels. The device runs on Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and sports a 5-megapixel iSight camera featuring a 5-element lens. Pre-orders began shortly after Apple’s event in San Francisco, with deliveries and in-store availability beginning March 16.

Apple is also introducing its first LTE-equipped device with the iPad. Versions will be available for AT&T and Verizon’s unique LTE bands. Pricing for the new iPad remains identical to the previous generation device, which is now available at a $100 price cut. Wi-Fi only iPads began at $499 and cellular-equipped iPads start at $629.

A series of on-stage demos highlighted the new display and faster processor. With 3.1 million pixels, or 256 pixels per inch of display, the new iPad features 1 million more pixels than an HDTV, a feat that only Apple could (or would) exclaim as “resolutionary.” Phil Schiller, EVP of Worldwide Marketing, said the iPad has the “highest resolution display ever on a mobile device.”

Indeed, Apple makes a big splash about the iPad’s display in a new TV spot. You can also watch a short video, heavy on marketing chowder and other details here or watch the entire Apple event (nearly 85 minutes).