Apple’s New iPad Press Conference: Live Blog

Apple is holding a press conference today at 10am PT/1pm ET, where they are expected to release the iPad 3. We’ll be following the event as it unfolds from various live blogs around the web to reveal the news as it breaks. Check back to find out the latest details.

9:54 Apple has changed its homepage to boast its recent success of hitting 25 billion downloads from the app store, a great way to segway into releasing a new iPad.

9:58 gdgt is reporting that Apple’s Tim Stevens is now on stage and he is talking about the “post-PC revolution.”

10:01 These devices are the iPod, iPhone, iPad. Engadget quotes Stevens: “Any company would be thrilled to have just one of these devices. At Apple, we’re fortunate to have all three, and the momentum has been staggering.” “172 million ‘post-PC’ devices were sold last year, 76% of Apple’s revenue,” reports Engadget.

10:05 There are 362 retail stores.

10:07 Engadget reposts: “iPhone, iPad, iPod touch are all based on iOS and we have now sold an astonishing 315 million ​devices through last year, 62 million in Q4 2011.”

10:08 Siri is coming to Japan.

10:09 As we pointed out earlier, Apple is boasting about their 25 billion app downloads (which is very impressive).

10:10 gdgt is reporting that Stevens is talking about the iCloud: “In just a few months we’ve gotten to over 100 million customers on iCloud. Part of iCloud is iTunes in the cloud. Today we’re announcing that it now supports movies.”

10:11 iTunes will support 1080p movies, which sounds like iPad 3 HD is coming…

10:12 New HD Apple TV.

10:13 Engadget reports: “Tim Stevens: ‘You can also get your iTunes playlists from iCloud right on here too.'” There will also be 3rd party apps and photos.

10:15 CNET is reporting “Same $99 price tag Cook says. Coming next week, and you can pre-order it today.”

10:16 Now the iPad. “15.4 million sold in the last quarter,” reports Engadget. “That’s more iPads than any PC manufacturer sold PCs. HP sold 15.1 million PCs total in that same quarter, though we’re not sure of the source of these numbers.”

10:18 Favorite device for browsing the web and checking email.

10:19 from gdgt: “Tim’s rattling off categories that the iPad is users’ favorite in: book reading, web browsing, gaming. ‘For so many activities they responded: iPad. Part of the reason is the incredible bundled apps with iPad, and the over 200k apps that have been custom built to take advantage of the big, beautiful multitouch screen.'”

10:20 More than 200,000 custom apps have been built to incorporate iPad features.

10:21 The blogs around the web are reporting that Tim is comparing apps on other tablets, which he claims don’t look as good as on the iPad.

10:22 The new iPad! It has a retina display.

10:24 From Engadget: “‘This presents a problem for us in presenting it to you. For the first time an iPad has a higher​ resolution than this entire display behind you… That’s a fun challenge.'”

10:25 From gdgt: ““When you turn on that new iPad you’re going to see graphics, text, icons sharper than you can imagine. Everything you do is going to look stunning.” 2048 x 1536 pixels.

10:27 From the NY Times: “Mr. Schiller is saying that everything is going to look amazing. The new display is 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, or more than 3.1 million pixels — a million more pixels than a 1080p high-definition TV.

10:28 To help this device run faster they created the “A5X chip” which includes quad-core graphics, which is 4x faster than the iPad.