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Apple's released its new, third-generation iPad today. Highlight features include a new CPU, a 2,048x1,536-pixel display, and support for 4G LTE wireless on AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, and other cellular data networks. A Wi-Fi-only version is also available, and prices start at $499.

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The case design in the new model is not that different than that of the older iPad 2.

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The new iPad is available in both black and white trim. Data-capacity options range from 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. Starting price is $499 for the Wi-Fi-only, 16GB model, and scales up to $829 for a 64GB model with 4G cellular data support.

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One update to the new iPad: its rear-facing camera can now capture 1080p video. As with the iPad 2, the black plastic band across the top of the case conceals the cellular antenna.

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The new iPad (right) shown side-by-side with the iPad 2. The benefits of the new display are most immediately apparent on the new model's crisper icon text.

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The new iPad (right), is .024 inch thicker than the older model. It's also just over a tenth of a pound heavier.

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The new iPad includes a new 1GHz dual-core A5X CPU designed by Apple and based on a low-power ARM chip design. The A5X also includes four graphics-processing cores, which Apple has used to tout the new iPad's gaming prowess.

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Here you can see the black band on the new model with the 4G LTE guts, and the older iPad 2, in this case a Wi-Fi-only unit.

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Dan says that he didn't notice the new iPad's increased thickness, but the extra weight is apparent. For our in-depth analysis of Apple's new iPad, you can read the full CNET review.

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