(CBS News) Apple announced the new iPad Wednesday at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook kicked off the iPad event, with the first big announcements surrounded Siri and iTunes. Good news for international Apple fans. Siri and iOS 5.1 will be available in Japan. FYI, iOS 5.1 is rolling out today! Apple's iTunes in the cloud now supports movies.
Apple TV also got an upgrade and will now support 1080p high-definition movies. The device will remain $99.
The software featured in the announcement included updates to Garage Band and iMovie. The new iPad was also presented as a gaming device, with demonstrations of the game Infinity Blade Dungeons.
"This new device has more memory and higher screen resolution than an Xbox 360 or PS3," said Mike Capp, president of Epic Games. That's another way of looking at it. Considering those consoles are in the $200 to $250 range, to start, placing the iPad in direct competition with them definitely adds value to the tablet.
The popular Macintosh photo management software iPhoto is getting ported to the iPad. The iOS version of the app will remain several of the main features the desktop version has. It will be on sale at the App Store for $4.99.
Apple also chose to feature a new app called SketchBook Ink, which is a new drawing app that will be available in April. According to CNET's Josh Lowensohn, you can "export art that's 100 megapixels in size."