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    Apple introduced its latest device to the world at an event in San Francisco today: the iPad. Saying that it fit into the space between the iPhone and the MacBook, company CEO Steve Jobs praised the new device as Apple's "most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.” The lowest-end model will retail for $499 US, and a fully-loaded 64GB iPad with 3G connectivity will sell for $829. The iPad will start shipping to customers in April, with 3G models coming a month after that.

    The iPad is a half-inch (1.25 cm) thick, weighs 1.5 pounds (688 g) and has a 9.7-inch IPS touch screen with a 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch. It comes in three models: 16, 32 and 64 GB, with and without 3G; all models have WiFi and Bluetooth wireless. The battery lasts for 10 hours, and according to Apple, the iPad can remain on standby for a month without needing a charge. It comes with a standard 30-pin iPod/iPhone dock connector and can output HD video at 576x480 pixels, progressive or interlaced, with the optional Apple Composite A/V Cable.

    “It’s so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable than a smart phone,” Jobs said of the iPad, sitting on a couch as he demoed its features. He showed the different capabilities of the device, browsing the Web (with a minor gaffe as a Flash plugin apparently failed to load), manipulating photos, playing music, videos and games, and reading e-books. “In order to really create a new category of devices, those devices are going to have to be far better at doing some key tasks,” Jobs said. “Otherwise it has no reason for being.”

    Apple also introduced an App Store-like marketplace for electronic books called iBookstore at the event, as well as a multi-touch enabled version of iWork that will be available from the App Store for $30, or users can buy the Pages, Keynote and Numbers separately for $9.99 each. The iPad runs all current apps, either iPhone-sized with a large black-border, or at a 2x up-res full screen. Apple also announced a new SDK allowing devs to easily design for the iPad.

    The device is powered by Apple's first CPU, the 1 GHz A4. Apple had purchased PA Semiconductor, a manufacturer known for making power-efficient processors, back in 2008. According to Apple, this SoC (system-on-a-chip) allows the iPad to play back HD video for 10 hours before requiring a full battery charge.

    Gizmodo, among other websites, already have their hands on the iPad and are putting it through its paces. Mark Wilson, Gizmodo's reviewer, says the device is extremely fast and has a solid feel. The size and resolution of the screen also won kudos. The device apparently runs a slightly modified version of the current iPhone 3 OS, which ought to be released with the iPad as iPhone OS 3.2 (rather than iPhone 4 as some rumors had held).

    ModMyi.com also has an iPad Forums section live now.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad: 1 GHz CPU, 9.7" Screen, WiFi. Starting at $499. started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 347 Comments
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      lol, pedantics won't hide the blunt truth that it's not a real OS.
      The word you're looking for is pedants.

      And what is a real OS? I'd hate to think I've been using fake ones
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Quote Originally Posted by redcard View Post
      The word you're looking for is pedants.

      And what is a real OS? I'd hate to think I've been using fake ones
      ped·ant (pdnt)
      1. One who pays undue attention to book learning and formal rules.
      2. One who exhibits one's learning or scholarship ostentatiously.
      3. Obsolete A schoolmaster.

      ...interesting thread...
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      god, what is the point? what is this thing going to replace? it wont replace the iphone or laptops like it says it will!!!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I don't beleive Jobs said it would replace either of them. I think he said it would be in a place between.
    1. flash858's Avatar
      flash858 -
      I get your angle Pyro, but I don't think it is a replacement for anything. I think it is more of a new category. Sort of like the netbook or the smartphone.

      No one saw any use for either until they got them, now they can't live without them.

      I look at it like I look at my iPod touch. I use it for ebook apps, email, Tweet Deck, occasional gameplay (like when I am waiting to get my oil changed) and as an organizer. It sucked for music until I got the Cydia app that allows me to go to the next song with the volume buttons. But honestly, I still use my Zune for music, as it is just a better mousetrap...

      Frankly, I would use an iPad daily. And for exactly what I use my iPod Touch for. It would just be bigger...
    1. brian5s's Avatar
      brian5s -
      I have a 32GB 3GS. Does everything the iPad can do, albeit, on a much smaller screen. So, the only compelling reason I can see to buy an iPad would be the larger screen. If they had OSX on there, it would make things much different, since I could take Photoshop, Aperture, Mac Office, etc... and use it as a REAL computer. Apple just has too many other irons in the fire for them to allow this to compete with their real computing line.

      The HP Slate is a nice tablet, similar to the iPad, except with Windows 7, and supports Flash. Looks like I may go this route. Can't see spending 600.00 for the iPad when I have an iPhone that does all the iPad can do...
    1. TheCrow13's Avatar
      TheCrow13 -
      Toronto Start, dated Jan.27th,2010:

      SAN FRANCISCO-As expected, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage in San Francisco today and unveiled the iPad. The tablet device is “more intimate than a laptop, and it’s so much more capable than a smartphone,” according to Jobs. What it looks like is enlarged iPhone.

      And the real kicker: "We want to put this in the hands of lots of people," Jobs told the crowd. "I am thrilled to announce it starts at $499."

      The devices will be available in 60 days, including in Canada.