Apple has revealed the next generation of its iPad tablet at an event in California yesterday (March 7th) that will replace the iPad 2 at the top of the manufacturer's range.

The machine – which has been commonly referred to as the iPad 3, but will just be known as the 'iPad' by Apple – boasts a new Retina display screen that offers a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 – giving it around a million pixels more than a high-definition television.

Other key features of the new device include a five-megapixel iSight camera with the capability to record HD video and a new A5X chip with quad-core graphics.

This has been specifically designed by Apple to deliver a faster, more responsive user experience and support the improved display of the Retina screen.

Senior vice-president of worldwide marketing at the firm Philip Schiller said: "The new iPad now has the highest resolution display ever seen on a mobile device with 3.1 million pixels, delivering razor sharp text and unbelievable detail in photos and videos."

The chip also offers a balance between performance and efficiency, so users can still enjoy the new screen all day thanks to the ten-hour battery life.

At the launch of the new iPad, chief executive of the firm Tim Cook stated the machine has "redefined once again the category Apple created".

Buyers will also have the option of a gadget that will support the latest 4G long-term evolution mobile technology for faster connections when on the move when such services are available in the UK.

However, the BBC noted there was some disappointment among commentators that the iPad does not offer some features that had been speculated on recently.

These include haptic touch-feedback technology or the voice-controlled Siri assistant that is available on the iPhone 4S.

The new iPad will go on sale in the UK from March 16th and will be available with storage sizes of 32 GB or 64 GB and the option of Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity.

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