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Registered: ‎09-30-2009

Enter the iPad

All right everybody, the wait is over. After a frenzied week of rumors and speculation, we now know some specifics about the new Apple tablet, right from the mouth of none other than Mr. Steve Jobs. Let’s do a rundown on what we learned today.

First off, we have a name: It’s the Apple iPad. There was considerable buzz about the device being known as the iSlate or iTablet, but Apple seems to have gone with the alliterative option, in keeping with its iPod and iPhone.

Now for some of the specifics. Physically, it looks pretty much as expected – sort of like a hybrid of a smartphone and a netbook.  In fact, the existence of netbooks has led some people to speculate that the iPad is a redundant product, but Jobs disagrees. He told today’s audience, “Netbooks aren’t better at anything! They’re just like cheap laptops!”

The iPad is very thin – only half an inch – weighs 1.5 pounds and features a 9.7-inch display screen. Obviously, this is a device designed for portability. It seems rather ideal for on-the-go types who want more function than a smartphone can give but don’t want to lug around a laptop, an idea supported by the multifunctional iWork app.

As far as functionality goes, it looks like the iPad will be able to do a lot of things. Probably the biggest news is its e-reader. iPad users can import books, newspapers, comics and more and read them in a book-style electronic environment. Clearly, this is Apple’s answer to Amazon’s Kindle. Don’t expect to see that battle resolved anytime soon.

Based on the demo photos from Jobs’ presentation, the touchscreen’s colors look bright and sharp and the resolution is crisp and clear. That’s perfect not just for the e-reader, but also for the full web browser, video player and gaming apps. The touchscreen controls look to be a little below PC standards, but a big improvement on previous smartphone editions. That’s great news for gamers and movie buffs.

As might be expected, the iPad offers most of the same functions you’ll find on the iPhone, including iTunes, calendars, maps and access to Apple’s massive apps catalog. It’s also designed to sync easily with all manner of Mac products, making it simple to coordinate and transfer all of your information between devices.

Rumors were running wild earlier this week that the iPad would break with Apple’s AT&T only policy and offer coverage through Verizon, but it looks as if those were unfounded. The device will indeed run on AT&T’s network, with both wi-fi only and 3G models. Plans will cost considerably less than might be expected: $14.99 monthly for up to 250MB of data and $29.99 for an unlimited plan. That includes free use of AT&T wifi hotspots. (This is in the US only. International deals are expected in June.)

So how much is all of this going to cost? It depends how much memory you want, but it’s much cheaper than some sources initially reported. For wi-fi only models, we’re looking at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. The 3G models run $629, $729 and $829 respectively. Look for availability in the next two months.

So, the big question remains – will this be the next wave of mobile communications, or a costly flop for Jobs and company? We should have a pretty good idea before too long, but Jobs makes a solid case for his new toy’s usability: “Because they’ve shipped 75 million iPhones and iPod touches, there’s 75 million people who already know how to use the iPad.”

To find out more about the iPad, including some hands-on experiences, check out our partner sitesPhoneDog, The iPhone Blog, FierceWireless and Joni Blecher for more. Our thanks to Gizmodo for a very engaging live blog of the Apple event.
Message Edited by Jacob-BBYM on 02-01-2010 09:11 AM
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Re: Enter the iPad

The iPad page is up on the Apple website... here's the link:

 

http://www.apple.com/ipad/

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Re: Enter the iPad

Wow. Great information. I know there has been much speculation of the ipad/iphone possibly opening up to Verizon. It seems that been a rumor since the first announcement of exclusivity with AT&T years ago. Im very anxious to see how the new device will pan out and what role Best Buy is going to play. Exciting stuff!

This really makes me think the price of a usb broadband or mi fi device will drop considerbly... if not people will be looking to purchase an ipad for monthly savings on portable internet options

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Re: Enter the iPad

Now that's an intriguing angle, Drew. I haven't heard any speculation on the iPad dropping prices for portable net devices, but it would make a good bit of sense.