New iPad thicker, heavier than old model

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Apple says its new iPad will be thicker and heavier than the iPad 2.

The new iPad will be 9.4 millimeters thick, or 0.37 inches. That compares with 8.8 millimeters, or 0.34 inches, for the iPad 2.

The weight is going up from 1.33 pounds to 1.4 pounds.

Apple hasn’t said why the weight and thickness is changing. The new model features a better camera, which could add to the thickness. Apple will also be selling a version of the tablet with the ability to access higher-speed cellular data networks known as LTE. The chips and antennas necessary for that service could also add weight.

Apple announced the new iPad on Wednesday. It will go on sale in the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan on March 16.