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Will new iPad keep Apple from dropping?

(Xinhua)

13:55, March 08, 2012

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the display on the new iPad during an Apple product launch event on March 7, 2012 in San Francisco, California, the United States. Apple Inc. unveiled the third version of the iPad Wednesday. (Xinhua)

SAN FRANCISCO, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Apple Inc. on Wednesday unveiled the much-anticipated third-generation iPad.

In a so-called "post-PC world" when the tablet computer market is divided as iPad and non-iPad, many are wondering whether the new device can defend Apple's dominance and keep one of the world's most valuable companies from slowing down.

When unveiling the new iPad, Apple's Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook noted the industry is in a post-PC revolution and Apple has "feet firmly planted in the post-PC future."

Cook said that Apple is fortunate to have three post-PC products, namely iPod, iPhone and the iPad, which make up 76 percent of Apple's revenues last year. Called the "poster child of the post-PC world", a total of 15.4 million units of iPad were sold during the fourth quarter of 2011, which overtops personal computer units from any major manufacturers such as HP, Lenovo, Dell and Acer.

Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst of market research firm Forrester Research, told Xinhua in a phone interview that she thinks the new iPad is a "truly impressive feat of engineering", noting the new tablet will raise the bars for Apple's counterparts to compete both in the hardware and software side.

Running on a faster A5X chip and 4G network, the new iPad also got app updates, such as iPhoto, to deliver the performance of sharper Retina Display, which has 1 million more pixels than a large-screen HDTV.

Along with HD video recording, dictation input and other new features, the new iPad will "enhance the consumer experience in a significant way," Epps said.

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