New iPad Launch Day: What You Need to Know

Apple's is out of stock online, and so the only way to is to brave the iLines. This means waking up early, praying for good weather, and huddling with strangers for a few hours--all so you can have the latest gadget before everyone else.

Still interested? Getting a new iPad on Friday won't be easy, but it can be done. Here's what you need to know before you head out the door.

New iPad Basics

The new iPad has a "retina" display with four times as many pixels as the iPad 2. Its A5X chip has the same dual-core processor as its predecessor, but it's got a quad-core graphics processor and, according to reports, 1GB of RAM. The rear-facing camera is now 5 megapixels, and features image stabilization, face detection, and auto-focus.

The design is a bit thicker and heavier than last year's iPad, but otherwise looks the same. Prices are the same as previous years: starting at $500 for a 16GB, Wi-Fi only model, and starting at $630 for a 16GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (from AT&T or Verizon) model. with Apple's new tablet.

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