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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

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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??

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