On 7 March, Tim Cook unveiled the latest iPad, which the company just named “the new iPad,” with no suffix. The device has a high-resolution “retina display” for the 9.7-inch screen, running at 2048 × 1536 resolution. It has 44 per cent greater colour saturation than the iPad 2. It’s powered by the new Apple A5X chip, which has four graphics cores. The camera is essentially the same as the one in the iPhone 4S.

It also features support for dictation, which is not full Siri, the company’s voice recognition software, but it does support British, American and Australian English, French, German and Japanese. The new iPad has been available in the UK since 16 March.

Cook talked about the iPad as “the poster child of the post-PC era.” Technology is rapidly changing and iPads are becoming increasingly important in education, as we have already blogged about. Apple has in fact sold 15.5 million iPads during the last quarter. Cook said: “We’re talking about a world where the PC is no longer at the centre of your digital world but rather just a device. We’re talking about a new world where the devices you use the most need to be more portable… and dramatically easier to use than ever before.”