The iSight camera has been updated to a 5Mp version with improved optics and 1080p recording capability. The 1080p record seems to be more a technical novelty, the iPad is hardly a good device to point and shoot video with! The camera also features a backside illumination sensor, auto focus and exposure, and face detection.
Also introduced is dictation, which looks to be a derivative of Siri allowing you to talk to your tablet rather than type.
The final major tech revision is 4G LTE which should allow for some nippy data transfer. The iPad can also server as a wireless hotspot for upto 5 devices via WiFi, Bluetooth or USB (should your carrier support this).
Yesterday also saw the release of iOS 5.1 update (although my trusty old 3GS seems to refuse to connect to the update server). Also introduced is iPhoto for iPad and a set of updates to Garage Band and iMovie.
The new iPad will be available 16th March in US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Everyone else will need to wait a bit longer. Prices look to remain the same as they are now for the iPad 2, however the iPad 2 will see a price drop.
The other interesting announcement was Apple TV 3 now sporting a new interface and 1080p support (finally!). Movies will become available in 1080p for purchase in iTunes. You’ll be able to stream netflix, YouTube and Vimeo videos. As per the old model it will allow you to stream video and audio to your TV using AirPlay off your iDevice. Your other iDevice(s) can also be used as a remote control with the remote app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The Apple TV 3 will also be available on the 16th March.
Both the AppleTV and the new iPad are now available for pre-order in the Apple Store
[UPDATE] You can now watch a full video of the event on Apple’s site here