Well, Apple has unveiled the new iPad, no additional name, just the new iPad. I guess Apple has decided to keep it simple, more in line with their other products iMac, MacBook, iPod touch, etc. I'm sure accessory mfg's will denote the product generation like they do with the iPod stuff.
Anyway, now that we know to simply call it the iPad, on to the good stuff.
As with most new generations, the new iPad is essentially a bunch of performance upgrades.
The processor - Apple is running a new A5X chip. this is a dual core CPU with a quad core GPU. What that means is that essentially the brain is the same, but they gave the device more horse power where it was really needed, in the graphics department.
The display - The biggest reason for the bump in graphics processing power is to drive the new high definition retina display (2048 X 1536) twice the resolution of the current iPad, higher than any other tablet on the market. The new display also has increased color saturation, etc. blah blah blah. In other words it has better resolution than your HDTV and it is awesome.
The camera - Basically the new iPad will sport the same camera as the iPhone 4S.
Siri lite - The new iPad does not have Siri, it does however possess the voice dictation capability of Siri. this seems to make sense from a real world point of view. One of the chief complaints about the iPad is typing on the thing. The native touch keyboard is fine for casual typing searches, text meaasging, etc. However, if you want to create an actual document using some type of word processing program an external keyboard is a must. The dictation program may be able to do most of the heavy lifting, but I do not expect it to replace the need for a keyboard.
4G LTE - That's the good news, as well as Apple's claim that whenever you are outside the 4G network it will default to 3G world wide. The bad news is, you have to pick your provider before making the purchase! There are 2 models of each, one for Verizon and one for AT&T.
Hotspot - The new iPad will be able to serve as a hotspot for up to 5 different devices.
Battery life - Apple claims 10 hours, with 9 hours on 4G networks.
Size - 9.4 mm thick and 1.4 lbs. (.6 mm thicker and 40-50 grams heavier than iPad 2)
iOS 5.1 - Now available for download to your iOS 5.0 capable devices.
iCloud - Now supports movies and TV shows!
Price - Same as previous generations, with the iPad 2 seeing a $100 price reduction.
Release Date - March 16th