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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is revealing a new iPad model. New features include a sharper screen and a faster processor.

It will go on sale March 16.

Prices aren’t changing from previous models. They will start at $499. Versions capable of accessing cellular networks will cost $629 to $829. For the first time, the iPad will be able to access the faster 4G cellular networks.

Apple says the new display will be even sharper than the high-definition television set in the living room. The company says it will show more saturated colors than previous models.

Apple says the new model also will be four times faster.

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says, “We are taking it to a whole new level and are redefining the category that Apple created with the original iPad.”

Apple says nearly a third of the apps available for its mobile devices have been built specifically for the iPad.

The company says there are now 585,000 applications available in its online apps store. More than 200,000 of them are for the iPad rather than what Cook calls “blown-up apps for smartphones.”

Apple products are popular compared with Android, BlackBerry and other devices in part because Apple has a greater number of apps developed by outside parties. Such apps extend the functionality of the devices and give users easy access to games, news, weather information and more.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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