Today, Apple announced an updated version of the iPad.

There were plenty of rumors before the announcement: a high-resolution screen, faster processor, Siri integration, and an updated iOS operating system. It would have been a welcome surprise to announce official Microsoft Office apps, especially considering Microsoft released its first app for the iPad, OneNote, last week. There were also rumors that Apple would release a new version of the Apple TV, which is a sandwich-sized multimedia device that connects your iPhone or iPad to a flat-screen television to display content.

Here’s a summary of the new iPad, including a dictation key and improved display.

Update 2:23 PM EST: That’s it. The new iPad is called “the new iPad” (catchy). The iPad 2 will still be on sale for a reduced price starting at $399. Somewhat surprising not to hear more information about updated software, especially for business apps, or Siri integration – although, a voice-to-text feature will be a welcome addition.

Update 1:50 PM EST: So far, no mention of Microsoft Office, texture display (see below), or Siri.

Update 1:37 PM EST: Great news for attorneys, as Apple adds a dictation key to the iPad (just press and talk) (ht: GDGT):

Update 1:33 PM EST: Here’s it is (ht: GDGT):

Update 1:32 PM EST: The new iPad: retina display, A5X processor with qaud-core graphics, 1080p video recording, and voice dictation (fantastic news for attorneys).

Update 1:12 PM EST: iOS 5.1 announced, available today.

Update 12:57 PM EST: The announcement is about to begin. Everyone’s seated, and it appears the demo units are on stage. Check out The Verge live blog here.

Update 11:55 AM EST: CNET says that the new iPad will be called the iPad HD, and not the iPad 3, which suggests that many of the rumored features – texture screen, Siri integration, faster processor – are likely premature. That said, it would be odd to schedule a major product launch, only to let down consumers with incremental updates. We’ll see.

Update 11:36 AM EST: Reports now suggest the mystery accessory is an updated digital AV adapter, a disappointment to voice-activation-dreaming couch surfers everywhere.

Update 11:20 AM EST: According to 9to5Mac, Apple will release a new accessory for the iPad and Apple TV that many are speculating will provide voice control through a Bluetooth headset, allowing you to change the channel without reaching for the remote.

Update 10:50 AM EST: Today’s announcement will likely include information about Feel technology developed by Senseg, a company with ties to Nokia. Feel is ”a haptic display that will seem to add texture to objects on the screen when touched.” It would be more than a gimmick for e-book children’s stories. For example, imagine the possibilities for braille or interactive learning.


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Rob Dean is an attorney in Roanoke, Virginia, where he concentrates his practice on employment law and personal injury litigation. For help using the iPad at work, email him at redean@gmail.com.

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