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Apple's Latest Creation: The iPad!

by Retired: Community Builder ‎01-27-2010 02:26 PM - edited ‎04-01-2010 01:14 PM (20,149 Views)

 

Rumors have floated around for the past year about the Apple Tablet. They have been all over the place and no rumor is the same as another. Screen size and type, cost and intended uses have all been key differences between reports. Some people said that it will be primarily used for reading e-books, some that it would be for multimedia like watching movies and listening to music. Well, now the wait is over and we have the real facts about this “magical and revolutionary device.” 
At a press conference today Apple has announced the upcoming release of the iPad, the next generation of personal entertainment computing. This product looks very similar to the iPhone though considerably larger. It has a 9.7 inch capacitive multi-touch IPS display and they report up to 10 hours of battery life with over a month of standby. It’s only .5” thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, less than any netbook. Built in WiFi, compass, accelerometer and microphone are some of the features. There will be three storage sizes of the iPad all with flashbased memory:  16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.
All of the more than 140,000 apps that are available for the iPhone and iPod Touch will be usable on the iPad. The iPad also has the iTunes store built right in. You can purchase and download your favorite music and movies directly to the iPad. Apple has started to develop games for the iPad that take full advantage of the features of the device. These games include a first person shooter called Nova, where you can use the multi-touch features to play. Also Need for Speed: Shift where you steer by tilting the screen and you can touch on the rear-view mirror to see behind you.
Apple has also partnered with the New York Times and they say that they have captured the essence of reading a newspaper. You can also get e-books for your iPad. They announced that there will be a new app called iBooks. You can download books for the iPad and then flip though them just like you would a regular book. Books will be available through the iBookstore, a new iTunes-like store.
iWork has been redesigned for your iPad and features an all new user interface. This will allow you to work on presentations with a version of Keynote. You can navigate though slides, re-arrange them by holding down, and tap multiple slides to make a bundle. Numbers gives you the ability to work on spreadsheets and create graphs right on your iPad. Pages is the text editing app with many new features. The three iWork apps will only cost $9.99 each. The iPad will also be connectable to a projector with a small cable. 
The iPad will come complete with 3G data. 3G service will be available through AT&T with two plan options: $14.99 per month for up to 250MB of data or $29.99 for unlimited use. There is no contract necessary for use and you also will have free use of AT&T hotspots. Pricing for the iPad will start $499 for the 16GB model ($629 with 3G capability).

 

Rumors have floated around for the past year about the Apple Tablet. They have been all over the place and no rumor is the same as another. Screen size and type, cost and intended uses have all been key differences between reports. Some people said that it will be primarily used for reading e-books, some that it would be for multimedia like watching movies and listening to music. Well, now the wait is over and we have the real facts about this “magical and revolutionary device.” 


At a press conference today Apple has announced the upcoming release of the iPad, the next generation of personal entertainment computing. This product looks very similar to the iPhone though considerably larger. It has a 9.7 inch capacitive multi-touch IPS display and they report up to 10 hours of battery life with over a month of standby. It’s only .5” thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, less than any netbook. Built in WiFi, compass, accelerometer and microphone are some of the features. There will be three storage sizes of the iPad all with flashbased memory:  16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.


All of the more than 140,000 apps that are available for the iPhone and iPod Touch will be usable on the iPad. The iPad also has the iTunes store built right in. You can purchase and download your favorite music and movies directly to the iPad. Apple has started to develop games for the iPad that take full advantage of the features of the device. These games include a first person shooter called Nova, where you can use the multi-touch features to play. Also Need for Speed: Shift where you steer by tilting the screen and you can touch on the rear-view mirror to see behind you.


Apple has also partnered with the New York Times and they say that they have captured the essence of reading a newspaper. You can also get e-books for your iPad. They announced that there will be a new app called iBooks. You can download books for the iPad and then flip though them just like you would a regular book. Books will be available through the iBookstore, a new iTunes-like store.iWork has been redesigned for your iPad and features an all new user interface. This will allow you to work on presentations with a version of Keynote. You can navigate though slides, re-arrange them by holding down, and tap multiple slides to make a bundle. Numbers gives you the ability to work on spreadsheets and create graphs right on your iPad. Pages is the text editing app with many new features. The three iWork apps will only cost $9.99 each. The iPad will also be connectable to a projector with a small cable. 

 

The iPad will come complete with 3G data. 3G service will be available through AT&T with two plan options: $14.99 per month for up to 250MB of data or $29.99 for unlimited use. There is no contract necessary for use and you also will have free use of AT&T hotspots. According to Apple pricing for the iPad will start $499 for the 16GB model ($629 with 3G capability).

 

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