iPad

Apple introduces the iPad

See Apple CEO Steve Jobs announce the iPad. The new half-inch mobile device weighs 1.5 pounds; has a 1GHz Apple A4 chip; comes with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity; plays video and music; and acts as an e-reader.

See Apple CEO Steve Jobs announce the iPad. The new half-inch mobile device weighs 1.5 pounds; has a 1GHz Apple A4 chip; comes with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity; plays video and music; and acts as an e-reader.

Basic specs and iPad facts

  • 0.5 inches thin, 1.5 pounds
  • 9.7 inch IPS display
  • 1GHz Apple A4 chip
  • Multi-touch screen
  • WiFi 802.11n
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Battery life: 10 hours and over a month of standby
  • AT&T is the carrier: 250MB/mo  - $14.99; unlimited - $29.99

Pricing:

  • 16GB - $499 is the base (3G is $130 extra for all)
  • 32GB - $599
  • 64GB - $699

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24 comments
ftemplin1465
ftemplin1465

The NY Times points out a growing problem for all of us with these devices that are beginning to choke on vast amounts of data for tv, live baseball games, video, movies, music, etc: "glacial downloads and spotty service on an already overburdened system". It looks like we have three kinds of 'ware': hardware, software, and hogware. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/technology/28overload.html?hpw

emitretsam
emitretsam

I will buy after all the following conditions are met: 1) A $200-$250 price drop, 2) The upgrade to v3 of the device with more features 3) I have to replace my Ipod Touch (v3) Steve J. call me; Silly Rabbit, Tricks are for Kids :-)

arlington750
arlington750

All you haters can say what you want about the apparent lack of functionality, but let's face it, this is going to sell like crazy because it looks cool. Apple will hook you guys once they make some revisions. :) I am curious to see what future versions include. (Fingers crossed for the phone and etch-a-sketch)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

[i]Apple will hook you guys once they make some revisions.[/i] Let me list the Apple products I own: end_of_file. Apple's products may be good at what they do, but most are over-hyped and over-priced.

sharrison
sharrison

Aside from it being another hit for Apple and their iSheeple, I would by one if it could multitask, support a browser that displays flash and maybe did most of the other things we have come to expect from a pc, netbook, or whatever. Heck I would by one if it could multitask and display Flash. Done.

craigm
craigm

I think, just like the iPhone, the iPad is a great base to build upon what you want in a device. There is always the option to mod your iPad to allow it to use flash and for the option to multi-task. I understand these should be options right out of the box, but there will always be the complaint that if you have flash and visit a web page that is heavy with flash ads, that your battery life will be consumed quicker, as well as open you up to flash related security vulnerabilites. I give it two months after the iPad is released before there are mods and tweaks out to negate these problems.

Slayer_
Slayer_

The iWin, MS's competing product. The iEye, an Apple webcam If Apple gets into food, their beef jerky can be called the iJerky. Could have the iPie, iApple, iPickle.

Zahra B.
Zahra B.

People can't always connect to their office's wifi network to listen to radio or listen to one outloud.

dmeireles
dmeireles

Then buy your iPad AND an iPod Nano! There you go, problem solved! *sarcasm mod on

BillGates_z
BillGates_z

Hype + $$$. Another expensive toy for people with too much money.

gwd3
gwd3

This device looks like the mutant offspring of the iPod and iPhone. Who is the target audience for this device? Book readers? No, the cheaper Kindle takes care of that. Surf the web, view multimedia content, type emails? No, the cheaper netbooks with 3G & Wifi take care of that. Listen to music? I'm certainly not inclined to carry such a device around as a music player. I know convergence is a good thing but this is silly. Silly, too, in the sense that it's expensive enough to not appeal to everyone. This reminds me of the hilariously sarcastic report by the Onion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BnLbv6QYcA

pink3fam
pink3fam

What? No USB port connection to attach a portable hard drive? This is just one of those "I have to get it before anybody else" devices.

C-3PO
C-3PO

My thoughts exactly! No USB? There are thousands of uses now for a USB Drive - there's no onboard camera? - attach a USB camera... Need to get a file to a friend qickly, but the WIFI won't let you send it wireless? - attach a USB drive... or will they have bluetooth compatible peripherals? Lots of room for improvement...

kimdallas
kimdallas

I definitely agree this a an accessory rather than an actual breakthrough for computing. I thought they had an iPad already, it's call the iPhone.

dmeireles
dmeireles

...still no flash, nor multitasking, nor the freedom to take the best of the device like you do will a full featured OS. So, what Apple is doing is what the netbook vendors did: trimmed down versions of OS's, except in the netbook you could do whatever you want with the hardware (and yeah, of course, apple's hardware is more high quality). Is is still worth it, besides this limitations!? And also, isn't it more comfortable to have a laptop in your lap where you can lean forward and back the screen, according to your needs?!

KindleFan
KindleFan

All that and no phone. Have an Apple-designed Bluetooth headset and you would have the one convergent device you would ever need.

WColquitt
WColquitt

My as non tech as you can get individual retailers recently gave me a list of SF coffee shops and restaurants where they use Skype to return calls. They own a flower shop, Pet store, coffee shop. They all HATE the AT&T network was serious past customer passion. It tried it worked fine, even with a call to London. This app will work on the iPad. Serious disappoint by all not to see a Verizon announcement.

masnick
masnick

Don't like Verizon - almost cost me my marriage cuz wife couldn't get through when my Verizon device was handling data, so she though I was "unavailable" (get what I mean there?) when she would happen to call. In reality, phone didn't ring. New job now so no more worries, but I will never use a CDMA network in its present form.

agoodspeed
agoodspeed

A phone would be great feature with a blue tooth headset for this system. With the built in hard drive you could easily record phone coverstations for conference calls with clients so you could replay the conversation rather than take notes on the fly. Also, if you're colaborating on a project you could use the tablet to email items while on the phone out in the field to clients or back to the office. Apple should also look at ruggedizing the iPad. I've seen devices [i]like[/i] this, but nothing that encorprates this kind of touch technology. This could be a great addition for healthcare markets. Small enough to be portable but not too small that it becomes hard to read text or input information. Version .2 and .3 ought to be good. Just a thought: Etchasketch App - shake the screen and it ereases! (complete with digital twisty nobs!).

Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

Best I can say would be to quote Maxwell Smart: [i]"Sorry about that, chief, I missed it by [b]that[/b] much!"[/i] I want one so bad my teeth hurt, but it falls just that hair short of what I was looking for. I'll be waiting for v.2 or v.3 unless Apple manages to tweak that little bit of productivity into it. It's nice that they have the iWork apps, but how compatible are they? Can the files be swapped back and forth with the full version of iWork on the laptops/desktops? And what about that handwriting recognition/OWR patent? The device is perfect for the purpose, as proven by the [i]Brushes[/i] app. Why did it fall short? Yep, I see this going the same way as iPhone v.1--great as an oversized iPod, but doesn't quite go far enough yet.

alexifer
alexifer

there is a ton of options out there, will this new device have any impact? Basicly its a bigger iPhone/ipod touch, thoughts??

masnick
masnick

Reads and writes iWork apps, imports MS Office documents into iWork format (though no export yet - bummer!). I wish it had a webcam (I mean c'mon: web-enabled, great graphics) and supported iChat (and others). Gen2?

adakar_sg
adakar_sg

I've seen similar devices in the following places: Hospitals Warehouses Mounted to cars with falconview Devices like this have been around for quite some time.. apples thingie is specced like a slow computer so.. doubt it will be able to do anything "super awesome" so i cant really see who its targeted for..

Mark.Andrews
Mark.Andrews

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