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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. raseri's Avatar
      raseri -
      I think this is more of a letdown than the MacBook Air and I think the Air was overrated.
    1. sub zero's Avatar
      sub zero -
      Apple fanboy here that is extremly dissapointed. Fu@k the hype. iChat this and oled that. I'm pissed. Revolutionary my ***.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      THIS actually sucks. way to go apple. You just ruined my point to all my friends and family. oversized over priced itouch. lol and apple are you planning on making every screen smaller? or what year 2010 and we are using a 9.7". My grandfather used a bigger touch screen when he worked for the military over 15 years ago not even lying.
    1. devteamtools's Avatar
      devteamtools -
      glad im not the only one disapointed in this :/
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Epic Fail.

      I'm only impressed by the iBookstore aspect - not necessarily impressed. Um... more like, content.
    1. viettho's Avatar
      viettho -
      and no flash support...fail
    1. kingchkn's Avatar
      kingchkn -
      So it's a color kindle with the ability to surf the web via wifi or pay more $ for 3G? Seems like they could have done so much more with this. There is a certain cool factor in that you can use it as a frame, ebook and itouch, but basically it's an iTouch on steroids. Not sure about this one. I'd like to see a jailbroken model to really see what it can do.
    1. CobraSVT's Avatar
      CobraSVT -
      I wonder if they still will make the iPod Touch afer this is released? or if they will drop the price of em considering the prices are so close to each other.

      Also i doubt OSX will come to this device, OSX doesnt support the processor
    1. unclebnz's Avatar
      unclebnz -
      Whoevers brain child this is should be fired. Not interested in an 800.00 Book reader. Sad to say people are going to be suckered into buying this gadget.
    1. tekno1234's Avatar
      tekno1234 -
      This isn't imo revolutionary. iPhone is revolutionary but, the iPad isn't they could of put more stuff into it. (like the stuff from the macbook air) If they would made the damm thing like a macbook but, just a huge screen it would be revolutionary but, the price would be driven up drastically if it had allot more stuff in it. The o.s,processor is an example on why it's sorta affordable.
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      it is what it is. an ebook reader with the app store baked in.
      since i already bought a Kindle, its a no go for me.
      IF, i had not bought a Kindle though, i would have bought this...
    1. ddonuts4's Avatar
      ddonuts4 -
      OMFG!!!!! still no flash in safari!!! what were they thinking!!!!
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      wow i actually like not enough to buy it i'm just confused as to why we need this they did not add anything except a bookstore that the iphone already have i hope nobody buys it to teach apple we wont except anything this is not new we have seen this before uh (iPhone) Steve Jobs need a wake up call we need flash,multitasking,stuff real tablets have booooooo if the new iphone isnt a step in the right direction for the consumer meaning us not them im jumping ship for uh i dont know Android lol hopefully the new iphone will overshadow this mishap that apple has created for themselves
    1. dazza's Avatar
      dazza -
      I like it
    1. Maerlyn13's Avatar
      Maerlyn13 -
      Look at that friggin' huge border around the lcd. Once again Apple couldnt maximize the screen real estate. Nothing more than a big iphone. What kind of technological miracle is that? Take the iPhone,make it bigger? Some genius had to come up with that one.
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      u know u got a point i didnt think to look at the price of the ipods wow how stupid apple
    1. viettho's Avatar
      viettho -
      and no flash support...fail

      Apple's iPad keeping Adobe Flash away from your couch -- Engadget
    1. MXHYPRiD's Avatar
      MXHYPRiD -
      thanks for an oversized ipod touch
    1. andyharp's Avatar
      andyharp -
      Quote Originally Posted by dkhockey5 View Post
      iPad.. more like iTampon.. what a letdown
      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)
    1. reggie6801's Avatar
      reggie6801 -
      Hey stevo we get it the ipod/iphone was a great idea...let's move on to something else....