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  • iPad: 1 GHz CPU, 9.7" Screen, WiFi. Starting at $499.

    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. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      and another thing im just so pissed off that all this hype for a huge iPhone/iPod u get the same memory capacity why not start at 64/100/140 something like that u already have these variations wow we need to stop buying this stuff come on apple we like you but you are starting to forget that without us u no longer exist oh forgot your fanboys will buy anything but even they seem piss hopefully the devs will jailbreak it if they do i might get one depending on how it run jailbroken
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      This is the product that was supposed to save the print industry...

      Boy, the print industry is in a for downward spiral.

      Now, I can see why the folks over at Cupertino were more excited about the new iPhone than the tablet (iPad).

      If Apple f***s us over with the next generation of iPhone... words cannot describe the amount of pain and disappointment their userbase will endure.
    1. tekno1234's Avatar
      tekno1234 -
      Quote Originally Posted by andyharp View Post
      That's funny dude.
      yeah ifeel kinda ripped off as well. Really expecting iphone 4.0 with the back grounding.

      I held out long enough. Steve I gave you a chance and you blew it. Off to do my first jailbreak (3gs)
      Make sure when you jailbrake check if it's teatherd or a non-teatherd j/b.

      Hey stevo we get it the ipod/iphone was a great idea...let's move on to something else....
      I agree
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      In the voice of Rick Moranis... "Honey, I blew up the iPod!"

    1. niqolas619's Avatar
      niqolas619 -
      I still don't understand why people got themselves so worked up about this thing - what did they expect? Pretty much everything revealed is what everyone was expecting, except the price was a little cheaper. Even with that, though, over $800 for a stripped down OS and 64GB?! Only Apple could get away with releasing something this pointless and not have a riot on their hands. I hope this thing falls flat on its face.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      16GB is a total waste of money. Put some music o. There, some photos, a few ipad and iPhone apps an it's full. IMO, EPIC FAIL!!!! just what I wanted, a freaking big iPod touch! NOT!!
    1. ukoda's Avatar
      ukoda -
      I wonder if it's not called iTablet for a reason. It appears to lack the tablet functionality that I had on a Windows tablet PC 5 years ago. Windows tablets are great when new but the flaky OS kills the functionality within a few weeks of use. I'm hoping the iPad can be used in the same way but there was no mention of hand writing or note taking apps that could make it great tool in classes or business meetings like my Windows tablet was. I guess we just have to wait an see what apps and accessories appear for it.

      I would have also loved it to have the full Mac OS X but I'm guessing the processor choice and battery life made the iPhone OS a better option.

      I suspect once people understand what it is, and what it is not, it will sell well. The price seems very reasonable for an Apple product so I guess they are chasing volume and hoping app sales will be the real income stream. My guess they will have taken extra steps to stop jail breaking so as to protect that income.
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Awesome not jus need4.0
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      I don't see it as a total MacBook replacement, but it isn't meant to be... Otherwise it would be priced higher than the MacBooks. I think I will pick up the lowest model. I would like o have a lite pc to carry around to Read, surf and do email. Now if adobe makes a wicked photoshop on this it will be all I need.
    1. sikdaz's Avatar
      sikdaz -
      upset at apple....blaaah!
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      It's already been dubbed as iPointless, can we get on with our lives now
    1. xxtkevinxxte's Avatar
      xxtkevinxxte -
      ooh - backgrounds other then solid black. looks like apple finally caught on.

      plus -> ipad retardedly useless.
      you can call it: kindle with rims.
      or ipod touch's big brother.
    1. deucalion0's Avatar
      deucalion0 -
      Apple will make a fortune from this tablet, and it is only the first stepping stone, the first generation of apple's tablet series, next January there will be a newer version and the year after etc each year a little different and pulling in those that need and want and can afford.

      I love the iPhone and my contract is not due for another 17 months, it feels like more than 7 of the 24 months contact with O2 has passed but its not, so I am not ready for anything new anyway, but hopefully they still announce the 3GS2 in summer !

      The iPad is not for me unless i win one I'm afraid
    1. Bigperm26's Avatar
      Bigperm26 -
      Does anyone know what frequency the 3G is on this "thing"? Will it work on T-Mobile's 3G unlike the iPhone? I realize it takes a new "micro-sim" but it's possible TMo can get those. It IS going to be unlocked, so will it work on their network? PLEASE!
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      This is just a first gen iPad. I'm sure it will only get better. Just trying to be optimistic. I however knew it would be like this. Apple wouldn't make a product to compete with this MacBook lineup unless we are all willing to spend $3000 on it. Was easy to see this coming.
    1. jahkas's Avatar
      jahkas -
      This is like a big first generation iphone.....I cant believe they are going to release this crap.... really disappoint.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      lol @ everyone

      What were you expecting? I think it's pretty slick and can't wait to get one
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Well, I am not disappointed. I will buy the $499 ipad finally a product in a price range I can afford. I will be able to show it off to my family since they all have iphones. I rejected all these rumors from the start. However, I was disappointed in the ipod nano with video camera back in september 09.
    1. andydam's Avatar
      andydam -
      hahahaha Crapple = FAIL. Sweet it's a GIANT iPhone
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      So what was all the hype about??? I'm not impressed!!!