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Apple’s iPad announcement today was all about what it calls the “post-PC” era, in which mobile devices are the future of computing, if not the present.

Apple has its feet in post-PC future,” said Apple chief executive Tim Cook at a press conference in San Francisco. “We think the iPad is the poster child of the post-PC world.”

That’s a smart position to take for a company that has dominated mobile markets (smartphones and tablets) far better than it ever did in personal computers. Whether it can hang on to its mobile lead — and make the “post-PC” tag stick — remains to be seen.

Apple’s post-PC growth by the numbers:

  • Apple has already sold over 172 million “post-PC” devices to date
  • These devices accounted for 76 percent of Apple’s revenue in Q4 2011
  • In the last quarter Apple shipped 62 million post-PC devices
  • Apple retail stores have already seen foot traffic from 110 million customers
  • iCloud has 100 million users since its launch in October 2011
  • The new Apple TV now supports 1080p, available for order now at $99
  • 585,000 apps in the App Store – 200,000+ optimized specifically for the iPad
  • 55 million iPads sold thus far

The New iPad:

  • The new iPad has a Retina display of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, 264 pixels per inch
  • Apple’s new A5X chip can process up to 4 times the number of pixels. “It is a graphics powerhouse,” Cook said.
  • It now supports 4G LTE, which can run up to 73 megabits per second (Mbps)
  • Also supports HSPA+, which runs upto 21Mbps and DC-HSDPA, which runs up to 42 Mbps
  • The U.S. is getting two iPad versions: one for Verizon and AT&T respectively
  • Battery power lasts up to 10 hours, nine hours if you’re using 4G
  • It weighs 1.4 pounds and is 9.4mm thick
  • Pricing: Wi-Fi only version costs $499 for 16 gigabytes (GB), $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB
  • Pricing: Wi-Fi and 4G will run you $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, $829 64GB.

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