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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. Fodd1337's Avatar
      Fodd1337 -
      I don't think anyone complaining about no OS X on the iPad realizes how difficult it would be to manage OS X on a 9 inch screen with your fingers... Just look up at that close button, imagine it twice, maybe 3 times as small... no imagine having to tap that to close a window... over... and over... and over. Apple's best bet was just to build an enhanced iPhone OS, which they did, and very well IMHO
    1. 6309phone's Avatar
      6309phone -
      Lots of negative posts. Just like before the iPhone was released, just like when the iPod was released. I'm writing for it. Lets give it a chance before we dismiss it.
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      what a beautiful piece of technology, that blows netbooks out of the water and isn't even one
    1. djjessejames's Avatar
      djjessejames -
      Weeeak... C'mon magical device. Yeah umm ok.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by keatonec View Post
      // I hope that they do. That would be awesome. Although they probably would be at least double the price.
      I've said all along that I would be happy to pay $1000+ for a real tablet, not a blown up iPod Touch. As long as it supports a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, all you would have to do is build a cool clam-shell case that it could be placed into that could also store a wireless keyboard and mouse. Voila! You now have a convertible Macbook tablet.
    1. fancynetto's Avatar
      fancynetto -
      Yesterday, after I googled iPad, I saw a unusual picture from apple.com. according to the picture, it seems that Apple is making their first game for the iPad. There is an iPad showing the website of the game, and the other iPad is showing the game. It seems that Steve Jobs is going to open his own Game Shop.
      Today, when I tried to look for the same picture again, I couldn’t find it. So weird.
    1. MBCMDR's Avatar
      MBCMDR -
      This should be an easy Jailbreak after first break, just have boot strap to read from SD (SD x.x.x version Download Update) for boot and update and use for repeated jailbreak versions.

      I just like to know what the internal 3G chip will handle in Freq as dislike when set to 1900-2100 when want 1700-2100 in future.

      MBCMDR
    1. FerrariCUBU's Avatar
      FerrariCUBU -
      I don't understand all of the negativity. So what if the iPad isn't running OS X? It is still a lot better than an iPod Touch. Maybe people need to start looking at what it does have and not what the rumors said it would have. I would wait until it is released to the public before making accusations.
    1. pryguy's Avatar
      pryguy -
      speed racer
    1. DcMeese's Avatar
      DcMeese -
      Quote Originally Posted by aldech View Post
      disappointed that its not OSX
      The iPhone runs OSX... Mobile OSX...
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by DcMeese View Post
      The iPhone runs OSX... Mobile OSX...
      lol, pedantics won't hide the blunt truth that it's not a real OS.
    1. flash858's Avatar
      flash858 -
      I do admit it is appealing for those of us who read a lot of ebooks (which is the primary use of my iPod Touch at present, and use the email 2do, calendar, etc. to sync with the computer.

      I seriously feel though they missed the mark, and leaving out flash was a huge mistake (as it is on the iPod/iPhone).

      When the second gen (history has taught us to never, ever buy a 1st gen Apple product...) comes out in 2011 or 2012, I will be shopping for a 16 GB 1st gen, and will pay $200 for it.
      That will be worth the money. Like others, I will wait for a jailbreak though...
    1. brody01134's Avatar
      brody01134 -
      you could prob find a way to run osx on it
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      lol, pedantics won't hide the blunt truth that it's not a real OS.
      pe·dan·tic (pə-dān'tĭk)
      adj. Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules: a pedantic attention to details.
      pe·dan'ti·cal·ly adv.
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Quote Originally Posted by justfat View Post
      how to downlade jailbrack a iphione 3gs
      ^ wins the award for most misspelled words in the shortest number of words, while still making no sense at all whatsoever.

      Quote Originally Posted by spookybond View Post
      adam tablet is way better than ipad .. ipad sucks
      What is an "adam tablet"? And how could you know that it would be better than something you have never seen, touched, or used? I have read the specks about the iPad, and I'm sorry, but I have not seen any feature listed that includes the ability to suck. I believe that would require creating a vacuum of sorts, and the iPad won't be able to do that.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Those posts were junk
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Those posts were junk
      Yep. I was trying to use humor as a means of dealing with reading them...
    1. dekdek's Avatar
      dekdek -
      the big question is with the ipad are we "locked" into ATT or are there "simfree" ipads because I will never by an ATT locked device again...[sic stupid upgrade to 3.1.3 by mistake or how I learned to start loving my new iBrick]
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ wifi iPad
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      the iPads arent locked, u just have to find a carrier that has the micro sims