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Apple reveals long-awaited multi-touch 'iPad'

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Calling it "way better than a laptop, way better than a phone," Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's long-awaited iPad tablet-style multi-touch device Wednesday, with a starting price of $499 with Wi-Fi, or $629 with a 3G radio.

"iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price, Jobs said in a statement. "iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before."

Apple has dubbed the iPad "our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbeatable price."

Hardware

The device is 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds -- lighter than any netbook, Jobs noted -- and sports a 9.7-inch display. It also includes a 1GHz Apple-built A4 processor which includes the CPU and graphics.

"Everything is one chip, and it screams," Jobs said at Wednesday's keynote.

He also touted that device gets 10 hours battery life watching video, and has a one-month standby charge. It will come in capacities of 16GB to 64GB of flash storage, in models with and without a 3G radio.

The iPad features a 9.7-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology. It has a 178-degree viewing angle and sports a 1024x768 pixel resolution display at 132 pixels per inch.



The hardware has many of the same capabilities of the iPhone and iPod touch, including an orientation sensor for switching between portrait and landscape modes, and multi-touch capabilities. The device even looks akin to a large iPhone.

Size and weight
Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
Weight: 1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model; 1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model
Display
9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Wi-Fi model
Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
Wi-Fi + 3G model
UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz)
Data only2
Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
Location
Wi-Fi
Digital compass
Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
Cellular (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
Other features:
30-pin Dock connector (same as iPod and iPhone)
10-hours of battery life (Over one month standby time)'
Full capacitive multi-touch interface
16-64GB of Flash memory storage
1 GHz Apple-branded A4 chip (developed in-house)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
802.11n WiFi
Built-in Speaker
Built-in Microphone
In the Box:
iPad
Dock connector to USB cable
10W Power Adapter
Documentation














Data

Only U.S. data plans with AT&T were revealed at Apple's event Wednesday. Connectivity will cost $14.99 per month for 250MB of data, and $29.99 per month for unlimited data. It will also come with access to AT&T's nationwide Wi-Fi hotspots.

To access a 3G network, a 3G-enabled iPad must be purchased. The 3G connected hardware costs an extra $130.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said there are no international plans to reveal yet, but the company hopes to have them in place by the June-July timeframe. The device will come unlocked and will have support for GSM micro-SIM cards.

Software

Runs all iPhone apps
App Store application included

Default applications:
Safari
Mail
Photos
iPod
Calendar
Contacts
Notes
Maps
Movies
YouTube
iTunes Store
App Store
Current iPhone and iPod touch applications will work on the iPad. With just a tap, existing applications can be run in full-screen mode.

Also introduced was "iBooks," Apple's e-book reading application. Jobs credited Amazon with pioneering the e-book market with its Kindle, but said Apple intends to improve on that model.

"We're going to stand on their shoulders and go a bit further," he said.

Jobs noted that the hardware is a "dream to type on," and demonstrated how to read, view media and content and access applications on the hardware. It also includes a charging and docking station with an attached physical keyboard.

It includes calendar, address book, maps and music applications built-in. It also connects to the iTunes store.

"You can discover music, you can purchase it," Jobs said. "Movies, TV shows, podcasts, iTunes University -- everything built right in."

It also has access to YouTube the streaming service's high-definition streaming content.

"Using this thing is remarkable. It's so much more intimate than a laptop, and it's so much more capable than a smartphone," Jobs said.

He then demonstrated browsing the Web on the device. Jobs sat on a couch on the stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and bought movie tickets on Fandango.

Jobs also showed sending e-mail, reading content and flipping through photos. Places that photos were taken could be viewed through the integrated maps application. It also allows a photo slideshow that works much like in iPhoto.

The touchscreen keyboard takes up half of the screen when the device is used in landscape mode.

Jobs also demonstrated a calendar application that looks much like the Calendar app available on the Mac OS X desktop. He also showed off buying and listening to iTunes content on the iPad, demonstrating high-definition clips from movies like "Up" and "Star Trek."

A New York Times reader was also demonstrated, with officials saying they wanted to capture the "essence" of reading a newspaper. The design on the iPad looks like a traditional newspaper front page.

Games were also given a major focus at the event, with Gameloft's "Nova," a new ESPN-licensed title called "Snocross," and EA's "Need for Speed" shown running on the iPad.

Also demonstrated was a Major League Baseball application that allows users to track live games, watch video highlights and view player statistics. The software will be integrated with MLB.com to view player "cards" and track standings.

Starting Wednesday, developers will be able to access a new SDK that will allow them to test their iPhone applications with a "simulator."

Accessories

iPad Dock: Powers the iPad, connects to a computer, and allows use for accessories through the Camera Connection Kit.



iPad Keyboard Dock: A dock for charging the iPad, integrated with a full-size keyboard. The dock has a rear 30-pin connector, which lets you connect to an electrical outlet using a USB Power Adapter, sync to your computer, and use accessories like the Camera Connection Kit. And an audio jack lets you connect to a stereo or powered speakers.



iPad Case: Protects the iPad and can be used in various positions. Users can type, look at photos and slideshows or watch movies with the case attached.

iPad Camera Connection Kit: Gives two ways to import photos and videos from a digital camera. The Camera Connector lets you import your photos and videos to iPad using the cameras USB cable. Or you can use the SD Card Reader to import photos and videos directly from the cameras SD card.

iPad USB Power Adapter: The 10W USB Power Adapter lets you charge your iPad directly through an electrical outlet. And the 6 foot long power cable allows you to charge it from an even greater distance.

Pricing

The 16GB model, without a 3G radio but with Wi-Fi, will cost $499, with 32GB and 64GB models priced $599 and $699, respectively. Models with 3G radios will cost an extra $130.

Just Wi-Fi:
16GB - $499
32GB - $599
64GB - $699
With 3G radio:
16GB - $629
32GB - $729
64GB - $829


Availability

They will be shipping in 60 days with worldwide availability for Wi-Fi models. 3G models ship in 90 days.

iPad Environmental Checklist
Arsenic-free
BFR-free
Mercury-free
PVC-free system
Highly Recyclable

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post #2 of 779
sounds great to me
post #3 of 779
I am shocked they went with iPad
post #4 of 779
yeah it sounds like someone with a heavy accent would have a hard time pronouncing the difference between ipod and ipad
post #5 of 779
Finally!

And so the tablet revolution begins . . .
post #6 of 779
and that means it's going to be EXPENSIVE...
post #7 of 779
Not only is it a reference to Apple's former MessagePad, but it's a fitting name!

Great name! Less is more!
post #8 of 779
As am I, and millions of other folks.

- Honey, can you make sure to bring my iPad home

Here's hoping Tambrands doesn't decide to name one of their pads the iPad, because sure in shit
we'll bring home the wrong one, or the wrong size.

Again, they WILL get a TON of late night press from the name, and maybe that's what they are hoping for.

I must admit, I would at least be able to watch a women change this pad, IF I had to watch at all.
post #9 of 779
Also the bezel looks huge. First impressions are a bit scrambled...idk what to think yet till i see it in person. \
post #10 of 779
Welp, kiddies... It looks like you and theappleblog BOTH FUBARED on this event. You used the same supplier of what appears to be a stupid flash applet that acts (from when I connected to it way early and nothing was there) like a stupid f'in chat client. And... the supplier can't keep up. GRADE A FAIL!

One would think with the money that is made off the site you'd use a better system. Hell, the DHTML pages in the past worked perfectly. You should have stayed with them!
post #11 of 779
Thank god it's not the iSlate.
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Finally boys its here!!!!!!!! but oh that big f.ing bezel, why oh why, I was ready to adore this thing, and maybe I will but that bezel....
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Originally Posted by alectheking View Post

Also the bezel looks huge. First impressions are a bit scrambled...idk what to think yet till i see it in person. \

Consider this: Ergonomics!
post #14 of 779
This could seriously impact Mac Mini sales, since a lot of people buy them just to do mail and browse the web.
post #15 of 779
Sounds like a Chicago accent, Ipaaaad.

You know it would have been cool if this tablet also functioned as a Wacom tablet that you can draw on. The graphic designing industry would have eaten it up!
post #16 of 779
Sigh... still no flash plug in eh? Talk about useless then.
post #17 of 779
Thought it would be aimed at the Kindle, but it's really aimed at Netbooks.
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I am disappointed at the name. But hey, I'll take it......
post #19 of 779
The Apple Store is still open. Every other major product launch, they close it during the keynote. Does that mean the iPad will not be available for order today?
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Originally Posted by scavanger View Post

Sigh... still no flash plug in eh? Talk about useless then.

YouTube and Vimeo both work in Safari without Flash player now.
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Originally Posted by Wayfarer View Post

Consider this: Ergonomics!

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exactly. I think it will be easier to hold. Otherwise your thumb might go on the screen.
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The super-wide bezel is a little bit ugly.
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I don't care what it's called, I care about what it can (and can't) do. And how much it grows my Apple stock.
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Originally Posted by Wayfarer View Post

Consider this: Ergonomics!

Granted but ergonomics could do with a thinner bezel too, and an aluminum one as well, all that black around, I don't like it.
post #25 of 779
The iPad...a big fat iPhone...I would rather use a MacBook.

MadTV's iPad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1BUH9eXy18
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The iPad...a big fat iPhone...I would rather use a MacBook.

MadTV's iPad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1BUH9eXy18

Message boards are swamped. I clicked Post once, and it posted twice?
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Thought it would be aimed at the Kindle, but it's really aimed at Netbooks.

hahahahaha...good luck with that after you see the price of this >$500 glorified POS color Kindle.
That thing is more useless than a girl hygiene tool.

Netbooks for the win!
post #28 of 779
Their own CPU!
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I don't like it. I am sure it will have it's audience, but not for me. No signs of multitasking at the time of this post.
post #30 of 779
I dont like the Bezel. Its Way to Wide .. and the wide rounded ends.. wow. i'm a bit shocked.. I like the iPad name. no surprise there..
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It’s powered by a 1GHz Apple A4 chip

Wooooohhhh our own cpu again, pa semi, just like I called it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will blow everything out of the water.

Actually looks great with the aluminum from the corners!!!
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Its powered by a 1GHz Apple A4 chip

Wooooohhhh our own cpu again, pa semi, just like I called it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will blow everything out of the water.

Actually looks great with the aluminum from the corners!!!
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YouTube and Vimeo both work in Safari without Flash player now.

Becuase those are the only sites I use on the internet? Really?

I could see the rational on an iPhone, on a much larger screen like this, the reasoning for not having Flash is just stupid.
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From the look of it, it's all going to come down to cost for me. Looks good, seems pretty well featured, but how much difference between that and a laptop in terms of cost. Much though the form factor is very nice, I'd prefer to work on a laptop.
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YouTube and Vimeo both work in Safari without Flash player now.

Becuase those are the only sites I use on the internet? Really?

I could see the rational on an iPhone, on a much larger screen like this, the reasoning for not having Flash is just stupid.
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10 hours of "best case" battery life is pathetic. It probably won't even last 4-5 hours under heavy use. They should have made it a few ounces heavier to get at least 8 hours of battery life under heavy use, which would translate to 14-16 hours of "best case" battery life...
post #37 of 779
The market does not seem to think it's all that great.

Apple down $4.50, and falling......
post #38 of 779
Ugh, no flash...seriously?

Give me a price and i'll decide if i should buy or not, looks intriguing but not a must have.
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Originally Posted by myapplelove View Post

Its powered by a 1GHz Apple A4 chip

I wonder how many cores/threads on that PA Semi chip? Is it an ARM or a PowerPC?
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Originally Posted by scavanger View Post

Becuase those are the only sites I use on the internet? Really?

I could see the rational on an iPhone, on a much larger screen like this, the reasoning for not having Flash is just stupid.

f. flash. forget about it. It's crap, and html 5 specifications just do away with it. Nobody gives a flying f. about flash anymore, even once flash websites have stopped using it, it's not user friendly, it's a hog on resources, there's a whole list on way flash sucks.
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