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As Expected, Apple Unveils a New iPad, Which Plays Video Games, Hence Why We Are Mentioning it Here

Epic Games and Namco show off some new gaming apps for Apple's new iPad, which is actually just called the new iPad for some reason.

We all knew it was going to happen, specifically because Apple pretty much said it was going to happen when they announced that they were having a press conference today, but that makes today's news of a brand spanking new iPad device no less thrilling for the something like a bajilliondy people out there who consume expensive Apple hardware like most people blow through toilet paper. I'm looking at you, Gary Whitta.

Yup. That sure is a new iPad.

The new iPad--which, by the way, it is apparently literally called, in lieu of the iPad 3 or iPad HD names we'd seen kicked around--will use the oft-rumored retinal display, and features a pixel resolution of 2048x1536--meaning it's essentially 4x the resolution of the existing iPad and likely a higher resolution than your TV or computer monitor. The new iPad uses Apple's AX5 CPU/GPU combo, featuring quad-core graphics, though is still based on the Cortex A9, apparently. To put that in terms people who don't spend their entire day reading tech blogs might understand: it's got a real purdy screen and it's made out of GOES FAST.

As per usual, the device will come in twelve different models split across wi-fi only and network capable categories, sizes, and colors. This time, the iPad will support 4G LTE networks from both AT&T and Verizon. Pricing for the different devices ranges from $499 to $699 for the wi-fi only models, and the 4G LTE models will range between $629 and $829, depending on hard drive size. All of this will be available to those who pre-order or feel like standing outside of an Apple store for the next week and a half on March 16. The rest of us normal people will probably buy one a few months after that.

And yes, they even showed games. First up was Namco showing off its new flight simulator, a tragically Kenny Rogers-bereft game called Sky Gamblers. What little was shown of the game offered up something that looked a bit like a slightly down-res'd Ace Combat game, with all sorts of dogfighting action that managed to not look like an incredible chore to control...at least from a distance.

Next up was Mike Capps from Epic Games to show off another Infinity Blade thing, because honestly, why else would Mike Capps be there? Mike Capps showing Infinity Blade is the Apple conference equivalent of Punxsutawny Phil seeing his shadow every February.

It's got dungeons.

This new Infinity Blade thing, by the way, is called Infinity Blade: Dungeons. It tasks the player with creating the "ultimate weapon" (presumably the titular blade) and also apparently features dungeons. You can see a picture snapped of the game in action that I stole from Engadget directly to the left of this paragraph.

As interesting as Infinity Blade: Dungeons looks (it does look quite sharp), the most intriguing thing to come out of Capps' appearance was his assertion that the new iPad would have more memory and higher resolution than either the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, which sounds, quite frankly, insane, but according to resident Whiskey tech guy Will Smith--who may or may not have edited this post in an attempt to make my feeble attempt at tech blogging decipherable--it's 100% true. I'm sure he'll have a more detailed explanation of why over on Tested, which is probably where you think a post like this belongs anyway. [Ed: And here that very post is!]

So, there you have it. There is a new iPad. It looks neat, and still plays games. See you all next year!

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Posted by Alex

We all knew it was going to happen, specifically because Apple pretty much said it was going to happen when they announced that they were having a press conference today, but that makes today's news of a brand spanking new iPad device no less thrilling for the something like a bajilliondy people out there who consume expensive Apple hardware like most people blow through toilet paper. I'm looking at you, Gary Whitta.

Yup. That sure is a new iPad.

The new iPad--which, by the way, it is apparently literally called, in lieu of the iPad 3 or iPad HD names we'd seen kicked around--will use the oft-rumored retinal display, and features a pixel resolution of 2048x1536--meaning it's essentially 4x the resolution of the existing iPad and likely a higher resolution than your TV or computer monitor. The new iPad uses Apple's AX5 CPU/GPU combo, featuring quad-core graphics, though is still based on the Cortex A9, apparently. To put that in terms people who don't spend their entire day reading tech blogs might understand: it's got a real purdy screen and it's made out of GOES FAST.

As per usual, the device will come in twelve different models split across wi-fi only and network capable categories, sizes, and colors. This time, the iPad will support 4G LTE networks from both AT&T and Verizon. Pricing for the different devices ranges from $499 to $699 for the wi-fi only models, and the 4G LTE models will range between $629 and $829, depending on hard drive size. All of this will be available to those who pre-order or feel like standing outside of an Apple store for the next week and a half on March 16. The rest of us normal people will probably buy one a few months after that.

And yes, they even showed games. First up was Namco showing off its new flight simulator, a tragically Kenny Rogers-bereft game called Sky Gamblers. What little was shown of the game offered up something that looked a bit like a slightly down-res'd Ace Combat game, with all sorts of dogfighting action that managed to not look like an incredible chore to control...at least from a distance.

Next up was Mike Capps from Epic Games to show off another Infinity Blade thing, because honestly, why else would Mike Capps be there? Mike Capps showing Infinity Blade is the Apple conference equivalent of Punxsutawny Phil seeing his shadow every February.

It's got dungeons.

This new Infinity Blade thing, by the way, is called Infinity Blade: Dungeons. It tasks the player with creating the "ultimate weapon" (presumably the titular blade) and also apparently features dungeons. You can see a picture snapped of the game in action that I stole from Engadget directly to the left of this paragraph.

As interesting as Infinity Blade: Dungeons looks (it does look quite sharp), the most intriguing thing to come out of Capps' appearance was his assertion that the new iPad would have more memory and higher resolution than either the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, which sounds, quite frankly, insane, but according to resident Whiskey tech guy Will Smith--who may or may not have edited this post in an attempt to make my feeble attempt at tech blogging decipherable--it's 100% true. I'm sure he'll have a more detailed explanation of why over on Tested, which is probably where you think a post like this belongs anyway. [Ed: And here that very post is!]

So, there you have it. There is a new iPad. It looks neat, and still plays games. See you all next year!

Staff Online
Edited by ELincoln

If you have to justify it being on the site in the title, maybe reconsider posting it at all.

EDIT: @Everone who @'ed me

So apparently there's been drama about this before? I just thought the title was weird. Though I'm sure Alex appreciates you defending his honor so thoroughly

Posted by MikeGosot

So vidja gamez in an iPad. Wow.

Posted by Kerned

So expensive... still can't justify one of these.

Posted by TekZero

Is that Baldur's Gate 2 on that IPad?

If it is, I'm in. Tell me there's an GOG.com app.

Posted by Etnos

Vid game teenager rage in 1,2,3...

Posted by Theresonlyone

@ELincoln: He's being facetious, he isn't really trying to justify it.

Posted by Mr_Brett

All the other tablets play games too, are they all going to get posts as well?

Posted by MattyFTM

I'm just going to leave this here:

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Posted by Magnus_Bulla

<---------------The joke

Your head.

Posted by cassus

I guess if you consider mobile games on the DS or Vita "games" you kind of have to consider the smart phone games "games" as well. I view all mobile games as second tier gaming. PC's and consoles are Tier 1. DS, Vita, Smart phones Tier 2 and Facebook and flash games are tier 3.

I play a lot of mobile games, but that's because they are always there, on my phone. Which makes them as relevant as any other mobile games IMHO. Really no doubt that they are games, just not as good as consoles and PC games, for the most part. No reason to shun JUST smart-phone/tablet games if you're already covering the crap that's on DS and Vita.

Posted by MariachiMacabre

@ELincoln said:

If you have to justify it being on the site in the title, maybe reconsider posting it at all

The had to put it in the title so idiots wouldn't lose their already limited minds over it being on the site but, judging by your post, it didn't work.

Posted by PXAbstraction

Isn't there a site that's pretty much dedicated to phones and tablets and is going to far as to record a special podcast episode dedicated to gushing about the iPad 3? Nested.com or something?

P.S. If Alex actually shows up at my place to murder me, totally worth it.

Posted by HarlequinRiot

@LoveYouSomeEric: It seems like they will be selling the old one for like $300-400 (at least for a limited time), which is more reasonable for people without a lot of money to burn.

Posted by Tamaster92

Where's my retina display tv apple?

Posted by yoshisaur

@ELincoln said:

If you have to justify it being on the site in the title, maybe reconsider posting it at all

You obviously don't understand Alex's dry humor, so maybe reconsider responding to it?

Anyway, that sounds awesome and I'm glad I didn't jump on the iPad 2. $829? I have that saved and it makes me happy I can preorder it :D

Posted by Bucketdeth

Still.....do not want.

Edited by cbirdsong

@ELincoln: An iPad game was pretty prominent in the 2011 GOTY discussion, so it should probably be here.

Posted by xyzygy

I'm holding out for a W8 Tab. It just looks like an infinitely more solid OS on every front.

Posted by Dixavd

I am still surprised they haven't had their conference just have a huge screen behind them made up of like a thousand iPads to show off the presentation.

Why have they not done that yet?

Posted by Jumbs

I won't be buying an ipad, but for gaming sites to ignore these devices would be incredibly stupid. The fact is, millions of people play (arguably bad) games on these things, and it's news worthy. So anyone complaining is stupid.

Posted by insanejedi

The Ti-83 plays video games, hence why we are mentioning it here.

Posted by Baltimore

Yes, there are games on ipads and I agree that this post should be here considering Square and some other publishers are porting their games to the device. The one question I have is, why have other publishers not bothered to port their back cataloge to this thing? I can think of dozens of games that would be perfect on an ipad. No, platformers and fighting games don't really work right now but rpg's, simulation, some sports and even older pc games would be great to have on one device.

Posted by SuperSambo

@cbirdsong said:

@ELincoln: An iPad game was pretty prominent in the 2011 GOTY discussion, so it should probably be here.

Hey, I stopped listening after I got a massive Gears of War 3 spoiler.

What game was it?

Posted by Magnus_Bulla

@SuperSambo said:

@cbirdsong said:

@ELincoln: An iPad game was pretty prominent in the 2011 GOTY discussion, so it should probably be here.

Hey, I stopped listening after I got a massive Gears of War 3 spoiler.

What game was it?

Didn't they make it pretty explicit that those podcasts were going to be spoiler city?

Posted by Daiphyer

Oh hey, it's Apple bringing out yet another overly priced piece of hardware.

Posted by craigymail

LOVE!

Posted by HydraHam

Meh, other then the resolution nothing impresses me about the ipad HD or ipad 3 or whatever it's called, i don't game on tablets and i already have an ipad 2 which i haven't used since i bought it.

I can see the appeal but i hate gaming on tablets.

Posted by Krakn3Dfx

Rumors are circulating that the iPad 1 and 2 play games as well.

As far as I know though, they only run when you're on the toilet.

Posted by SuperSambo

@Magnus_Bulla said:

@SuperSambo said:

@cbirdsong said:

@ELincoln: An iPad game was pretty prominent in the 2011 GOTY discussion, so it should probably be here.

Hey, I stopped listening after I got a massive Gears of War 3 spoiler.

What game was it?

Didn't they make it pretty explicit that those podcasts were going to be spoiler city?

Maybe? I didn't complain, just stating why I don\t know/can't go back to the podcasts.

Posted by shinboy630

As cool as the new high-rez display is, it will be interesting to see if the hardware can actually handle 3D games at that resolution with a decent frame rate. Yes I know they showed demos, but desktop GPUs have trouble on resolutions that high, so I am still skeptical.

Posted by Zaxex

If you're a fan of iPad and iPad 2, you'll love iPad3! From the makers of the iPhone and iPod!

I don't know why people get so excited about these announcements, it's another one, with a few new features.

I wonder what it would cost to buy one of every iProduct at release. Wait, over $800, just for this one? Fuck. Are millions of people really replacing their iPad 2s with iPad 3s for $800? Just wait till iPad 4; wait...

Posted by DigTheDoug

@SuperSambo said:

@cbirdsong said:

@ELincoln: An iPad game was pretty prominent in the 2011 GOTY discussion, so it should probably be here.

Hey, I stopped listening after I got a massive Gears of War 3 spoiler.

What game was it?

Sword and Sworcery. And it was well worth the discussion too. It's a great game.

Posted by SSully

@Jumbs said:

I won't be buying an ipad, but for gaming sites to ignore these devices would be incredibly stupid. The fact is, millions of people play (arguably bad) games on these things, and it's news worthy. So anyone complaining is stupid.

Agreed. Should we create some kind of petty murder group to help Alex take out the suckers who say otherwise?

Posted by feargalr

THIS DOESN'T BELONG HERE ARRAHEBOISAUJEGBREOG1!!!

Also Apple sucks, being smart enough to see where the general trend of technology is heading IS NOT innovation, nor is being a dick.

You just try and find me Navarro... just try, I once eluded a Borg cube for over a week in a class 3 nebula.

Posted by Abendlaender

Alex could write an article about the sleeping habits of the rare south-russian naked mole rat, and I probably still would enjoy reading it.

Posted by cbirdsong
Posted by SuperSambo

@DigTheDoug said:

@SuperSambo said:

@cbirdsong said:

@ELincoln: An iPad game was pretty prominent in the 2011 GOTY discussion, so it should probably be here.

Hey, I stopped listening after I got a massive Gears of War 3 spoiler.

What game was it?

Sword and Sworcery. And it was well worth the discussion too. It's a great game.

Cheers, ill have to check it out.

Posted by AlexW00d

@ccampb89 said:

@ELincoln said:

If you have to justify it being on the site in the title, maybe reconsider posting it at all

You obviously don't understand Alex's dry humor, so maybe reconsider responding to it?

Anyway, that sounds awesome and I'm glad I didn't jump on the iPad 2. $829? I have that saved and it makes me happy I can preorder it :D

You realise in a year's time the next one will be announced and you'll feel the exact same.

Posted by Krakn3Dfx

Apple should have waited a few years to release this new iPad, then they could have used the slogan "2048 in 2048!" Advertising gold!

It's all about timing.

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

Totally forgot they were announcing a new iPad today.

Posted by Jimi

Sort of want.

Posted by shawnlreed

Hilarious article.

Alex, don't ever change!

I'm glad the "new iPad" came out just so I could read this.

Posted by James_Giant_Peach

@TekZero said:

Is that Baldur's Gate 2 on that IPad?

If it is, I'm in. Tell me there's an GOG.com app.

You must be legitimately retarded.

Posted by numberThirtyOne

How much more Alex can these Alex headlines get?

Posted by shrinerr

I totally passed up getting a Vita for one of these. You best not disappoint, Apple.

Posted by Rolyatkcinmai

Hated the iPad 2. Sold that shit. Switched back to Android tabs and I'm way happier. Much better experience top to bottom, just fewer games.

Posted by ItBeStefYo

"The new iPad" is kinda a dumb name and doesnt that mean they CANNOT make any more iPads unless they call them "THE NEWERER iPAD"

Posted by Krakn3Dfx

@ItBeStefYo: Newerest.

Posted by kpaadet

I love my iPad but every time Apple say something like "This will rival the home console" (or even the 3DS or Vita for that matter) I cant help but chuckle. As long as theres no buttons I dont care about the games.

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