The tablet market continues to heat up with Apple unveiling its next generation iPad on Wednesday.
“The PC is no longer the center of your digital world but rather just a device,” said Apple CEO Time Cook, in announcing the new iPad (not called iPad 3, as first rumored).
Indeed, the tablet has caught on in real estate, too. In the 2011 Center for REALTOR® Technology survey, when respondents were asked about the most valuable tool they started using in the last year, they cited the tablet most often. Respondents said the tablet, including devices like the iPad and Galaxy, help them stay connected, save time, and increase productivity.
At a launch event on Wednesday, Apple announced that its newest version of the iPad will have a high resolution screen — four times as many pixels as the iPad 2 and a higher resolution than most standard TVs. It will also feature a high-resolution camera on the back. The new iPad will boast a faster processing chip and will be available in a super-fast 4G wireless version. It’ll be thicker than the iPad 2 to accommodate a larger battery due to the upgrades in the screen resolution.
The new iPad will be available starting March 16 for $499 for the Wi-Fi only version and $629 for the 4G version of the device, which will be sold by Verizon Wireless and AT&T.
Meanwhile, Apple said it will be dropping its price of the iPad 2 to $399, in competing with lower-priced tablets like Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire.