Apple new iPad: Need to Know

What about battery life?

Despite bumping up the resolution and boosting hardware specifications significantly, Apple is confident the new iPad will be capable of all-day usage like its predecessors.

The firm touts a 10 hour battery life, thanks to the power efficiency of the A5X chip, and if this proves to be the case it will be an impressive feat.

Has Apple added any business specific features?

Apple has already attracted a number of enterprise users to the iPad and there are plenty of productivity apps, such as Pages, Keynote and Numbers, available.

One of the latest features which may come in handy for business users is the Siri-type voice dictation system. This will allow users to dictate text messages, notes, tweets or emails, as well as search the internet. Dictation will also work with third-party apps, such as Facebook.

There were rumours Microsoft had built a version of enterprise favourite Office suite specifically for iPad. Although this was not showcased at launch of the third generation tablet, we wouldn't be surprised if it made an appearance later this year.

How much will the new iPad cost?

The iPad is available to buy today (16 March) from 8am local time in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK. There are six configurations to choose from:

16GB Wi-Fi only - 399

32GB Wi-Fi only - 479

64GB Wi-Fi only - 559

16GB Wi-Fi + 4G - 499

32GB Wi-Fi + 4G - 579

64GB Wi-Fi + 4G - 659

If you didn't get your pre-order in early and don't plan on queuing outside the Apple store all day (and night), then it looks like you will have to wait around three weeks for the device to arrive.

Most iPad 2 owners are unlikely to feel the need to upgrade straight away and users on a budget may even be tempted to buy the second generation tablet, as the price has been cut to 329.

However, we expect the new iPad to fly off the shelves as first time iPad buyers, early adopters and those upgrading from the original version all queue up for the 'new' device.

Khidr Suleman is the Technical Editor at IT Pro, a role he has fulfilled since March 2012. He is responsible for the reviews section on the site  - so get in touch if you have a product you think might be of interest to the business world. He also covers the hardware and operating systems beats. Prior to joining IT Pro, Khidr worked as a reporter at Incisive Media. He studied law at the University of Reading and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism and Online Writing at PMA Training.