The big news today is that Apple has unveiled the new iPad — complete with retina display, 5-megapixel camera (with the same optics sensor from the iPhone 4S) and 1080p video recording. The new model becomes available on March 16 and starts at $499.
Of course, not everyone will be in the market for a new iPad, for a variety of reasons. Some will cite product availability and others will cite cost as reasons to pass. Mashable‘s Alex Fitzpatrick recently opined that he’d gladly take an iPad 2 over a new model if the price fit. But we also know that regardless, people around the world will be lined up on the day they hit stores to acquire the newest Apple creation.
This week, we’re going to make that a little easier on you by giving you the chance to win a $500 Apple gift card. In addition, we’re giving away a Belkin prize pack to complement your new swag. For five days, we’ll be giving away one gift card and one prize pack each day. Read on to learn how to enter.
Today, we’re asking: why are you looking forward to getting a new iPad? And what will you do with it that you wouldn’t have been able to do before?
How To Enter The Contest
Tell us in the comments: Why are you looking forward to a new iPad? OR
Tweet your response with the hashtag #mashtech
Submit your response by 12:00 P.M. EST on Thursday, March 8
If you’ve not commented before, it’s easy: just sign in to Mashable Follow with your existing Facebook or Twitter account and start posting! Please use your real identity in the submission so that we may contact you via email, Twitter or Facebook to let you know you’ve won. This contest is limited to residents of the U.S., UK, Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), France and Germany who are 18 or older.
The new 9.7-inch iPad has 2048 x 1536-pixel retina display, 5-megapixel camera (with the same optics sensor from the iPhone 4S) and 1080p video recording. It is available March 16 in black and white, powered by A5X chip (with quad-core graphics) and supports 4G LTE networks. It's 9.4 millimeters thick and 1.4 pounds.
Wi-Fi only iPads cost $499 for 16 GB, $599 32 GB and $699 for 64 GB, while 4G versions cost $629 for 16 GB, $729 32 GB and $829 for 64 GB. Pre-orders start today, and the devices will be in stores March 16 in these 10 countries: U.S., UK, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and Austria.