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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.

    image via Apple
    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. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I want a tablet not an iPad
    1. aldech's Avatar
      aldech -
      disappointed that its not OSX
    1. alirz's Avatar
      alirz -
      not impressed at all..
    1. wannagotopopeyes's Avatar
      wannagotopopeyes -
      Can't wait to get this jailbroken and see it's full potential!
    1. aldech's Avatar
      aldech -
      hopefully someone will hack it and have OSX running on it that way we can "truly" get the full potential of this little sucker....
    1. s1l3nt's Avatar
      s1l3nt -
      hmm ipod touch oversized
    1. raseri's Avatar
      raseri -
      It's ummmmm...A 10" iPhone......


      ...that doesn't make phone calls.
    1. dkhockey5's Avatar
      dkhockey5 -
      iPad.. more like iTampon.. what a letdown
    1. tekno1234's Avatar
      tekno1234 -
      unless you want a bigger screen, might as well get an iPhone.
    1. elle49's Avatar
      elle49 -
      LAME! I want OSX.
    1. GatorKnight904's Avatar
      GatorKnight904 -
      I feel like I wasted 1 hour and 30 mins of my life watching those updates...No iPhone OS 4.0. The iPad serves no purpose...might as well buy a MacBook. $829 for only 64GB+3G plus $30 a month for 3G service. Straight Bull.
    1. tekno1234's Avatar
      tekno1234 -
      Quote Originally Posted by aldech View Post
      hopefully someone will hack it and have OSX running on it that way we can "truly" get the full potential of this little sucker....
      I agree but, running osx might make the system slower since it's running on a modified iphone os.
    1. PStuLovesCrackk's Avatar
      PStuLovesCrackk -
      Yeah yeah more like iFail! but they said its running iPhone OS 3.2... when is it coming to iTunes or what happened to 4.0?!
    1. svolam's Avatar
      svolam -
      So what is the 'New' invention in iPad? Looks like it is a 'Bigger' iPod with iBookstore. But I love the price compared to iPhone 3GS selling for $600 (without a Data Plan).
    1. tarekkkkk's Avatar
      tarekkkkk -
      yes! ive saved my money i wont buy this one
    1. PStuLovesCrackk's Avatar
      PStuLovesCrackk -
      oh yeah that thank god verizon didn't get their iphone... f uck verizon!
    1. tekno1234's Avatar
      tekno1234 -
      I'll stick with my netbook since it has 120GB usb ports flash etc. Man i wanted this so bad to have an usb port and at least 120GB of memory damm
    1. reggie6801's Avatar
      reggie6801 -
      this doesn't make any sense to me. No os x, no flash, no camera, can't use it as a phone and pay as you go 3g? why would you opt for this over an iphone or macbook?
    1. Rshafiei's Avatar
      Rshafiei -
      Great.

      Now all of us have to wait another 10 years for an Apple Tablet that can do what a PC tablet has done for the last 10 Years. What a disappointment. How many eBook readers do you need to justify the production of such a waste of 500$. And they cant even make it run OSX or better yet even surf the web like I am used to. The iPhone Safari experience is barely enough when I am in the middle of nowhere with no WiFi. But if I am sitting at my house with a tablet on my lap I want to be able to enjoy the internet as it was meant to be. (Flash...In browser video...stuff PCs have had for again over 10 years.)

      What a waste Apple.
    1. tekno1234's Avatar
      tekno1234 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tarekkkkk View Post
      yes! ive saved my money i wont buy this one
      me too lol