Apple's March 7th invitation

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Introducing the new iPad, with the stunning Retina display. It makes the things you care about more brilliant than ever before.

New with 1080p

New Apple TV with 1080p video output

The new TV set-top box supports 1080p high-definition output and a simplified user interface, all available for the same $99 price when it goes on sale next week.

Apple VP Eddy Cue gave a of the new Apple TV on Wednesday, showing off big billboard images to present movies. The updated set-top box also has easier access to Photo Stream.

The refreshed version incorporates a user interface that looks more like the Home page of other products, with app-like buttons for Movies, TV Shows, Music, Computers, Settings, and support for existing features such as Netflix, MLB, and NHL.

“People are going to love streaming movies and TV shows in 1080p with the new Apple TV, and look beautiful displayed at the maximum resolution of your TV,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Apple TV is easier than ever to use with its new icon-based interface and the ability to access your purchased movies, TV shows and music right from iCloud.”

Owners of the second-generation Apple TV will be able to access the new user interface with a free software update scheduled to become available today. 1080p video playback will remain exclusive to the new Apple TV.

1080p programming available for the Apple TV will include iTunes movies and TV shows, Netflix, Vimeo, photos and more. And with an updated iTunes in the Cloud, customers will be able to play movies and TV shows bought on the iTunes Store instantly on their Apple TV.

iOS 5.1:

The update has a number of changes to the camera application, with face detection now highlighting all detected faces in a frame. The camera app for iPad has also been given a redesign.

The full list of features in iOS 5.1, according to Apple, are:

  • Japanese language support for (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
  • Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
  • Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, , iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
  • Redesigned Camera app for iPad
  • Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers
  • Audio for TV shows and movies on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
  • Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30 second rewind for iPad
  • Updated AT&T network indicator
  • Addresses bugs affecting battery life
  • Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls

Mac App updates:

GarageBand 6.0.5 adds compatibility for projects from its iOS counterpart, while fixing playback issues with Lesson previews and correcting issues with “some software instruments triggering incorrect or stuck notes.”

iBooks Author 1.1 adds support for creating books that take advantage of the new iPad’s Retina Display, while also adding performance and stability improvements.

iPhoto 9.2.2 now allows users to delete individual images from Photo Stream, “addresses compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5,” and lets users navigate left and right with swipe gestures while in Magnify mode.

iPhone and iPad App Updates:

iBooks 2.1 adds finger highlighting and page numbering to match printed books along with performance tweaks. iTunes U 1.1 similarly adds Retina Display support and speed fixes.

Pages, Keynote and Numbers 1.6 add animated 3D charting, presentation builds and transitions and performance enhancements

iMovie 1.3 adds support for GarageBand song import, music and sound effect previews in the Audio Browser and support for creating on iPhone 4 or iPad 2 or newer devices

GarageBand 1.2 adds iCloud support, Track Merge, orchestral Smart Strings and a Note Editor for fine tuning a touch instrument recording. iPad users can connect over WiFi or Bluetooth to make music together using the new Jam Session. Songs can be shared to FaceBook, SoundCloud and YouTube.

Find My Friends 1.1 and Find My iPhone 1.4 both add bug fixes, stability enhancements and Retina Display support. Remote 2.3 adds iTunes Match support for the new Apple TV software along with Retina Display support.

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