Apple Inc. this week said the new iPad with high-definition retina display and a quad-core CPU will ship Mar. 16 to U.S. retail.
The new iPad retina display will yield a 2048 x 1536 resolution and an A5X CPU that is said to include quad-core graphics functionality.
The 5MP iSight camera backside illumination, IR filter, stabilization and 1080p video recording functionality.
Finally, the new iPad will incorporate voice dictation via the built-in microphone.
The 16GB SKU will sell at $499.99, 32GB at $599.99 and 64GB SKU at $699.99.
In addition, new 4G LTE models will be sold via AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless at $629, $729 and $829.
Apple says battery life will clock in at 10 hours for the Wi-Fi and 3G models, and nine hours for the 4G LTE SKUs.
The iPad sold 15.5 million units in the recent quarter.