As anticipated, this morning Steve Jobs, Apple CEO announced Apple latest creation, a Tablet device called iPad. At fist glance, the device looks and acts like a larger iPhone without the phone capability. Internet connectivity will be on WiFi or 3G cellular data.
“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “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.”
The hardware includes for the first time, Apple Chip A4 running at 1GHz. The A4 chip is the result of P.A. Semi acquisition in 2008. Different options for Flash storage include 16, 32, or 64GB. The device weight 1.5 lbs and measured .5” thick. Bluetooth, WiFi 801.11N, Accelerometer, digital compass are all on board. The device has 10hrs battery life and 1 month stand by.
The color 9.7” capacitive touchscreen display is featuring IPS (In Plane Switching) panel, which is generally considered the best overall LCD technology for image quality, color accuracy and viewing angles, IPS screen is well suited for graphics design and other applications which require accurate and consistent color reproduction.IPS panels offer the best viewing angles of any current LCD technology, with wide viewing angles up to 178 degrees.
Apps and games designed for iPhone will run on the iPad with virtually no modification needed. Developer are invited to take full advantage of the large touchscreen display in the iPad with the new SDK that is available today.
Apple opens up their iBook store similar to Apple App store. iPad users can tap the on-screen icon to go to the iBook Store, where they can discover, purchase, and download e-books. Apple uses the popular ePub format.
For the occasion, Apple also introduced iWork a software suite for the iPad. iWork is the Apple version of Microsoft Office that is designed to take advantage of the touch functions. iWork costs $9.99
The iPad syncs over USB with iTunes the same way iPhone or iPod touch. So when you sync, you sync everything. Photos, music, movies, TV shows, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, apps…. I assume apps purchased for the iPhone will be free to install on the iPad.
As far as accessory, Apple offers a docking station with a physical keyboard for serious typing. A case with kickstand or kneepad is also shown.
The optional 3G data plan is priced at $15 for 255MB/mo and $30 unlimited with.. AT&T.
It is a month-to month fee with no contract. The iPad is a GSM unlocked device. International users can pop in a micro-SIM card to go online. Apple is working with other phone carriers for international plans, expect availability by mid-year.
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