Posted on 28-Jan-2010 08:45
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Apple has today introduced iPad, a tablet-like device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books and more. iPad’s responsive high-resolution Multi-Touch display lets users physically interact with applications and content.
iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds. It includes twelve new apps designed especially for the iPad, and will run almost all of the over 140,000 apps in the App Store. iPad will be available in late March starting at US$499.
“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”
iPad features twelve next-generation Multi-Touch applications, with every app working in both portrait and landscape, automatically animating between views as the user rotates iPad in any direction.
It features an almost full-size “soft” keyboard for text input. Users can import photos from a Mac, PC or directly from digital cameras, see them organized as albums, and enjoy and share them using iPad’s slideshows.
The device allows users to watch movies, TV shows and YouTube, all in HD or flip through pages of an e-book downloaded from Apple’s new iBookstore using the new iBooks app for iPad.
Apple also introduced a new version of iWork for iPad, the first desktop-class productivity suite designed specifically for Multi-Touch. With Pages, Keynote and Numbers you can create documents, presentations with animations and transitions, and spreadsheets with charts, functions and formulas. The three apps will be available separately through the App Store for US$9.99 each.
iPad syncs with iTunes just like the iPhone and iPod touch, using the standard Apple 30-pin to USB cable, so you can sync all of your contacts, photos, music, movies, TV shows, applications and more from your Mac or PC. All the apps and content you download on iPad from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore will be automatically synced to your iTunes library the next time you connect with your computer.
The iPad 9.7-inch, LED-backlit display features IPS technology to deliver crisp, clear images and consistent color with an ultra-wide 178 degree viewing angle. The intelligent soft keyboard pioneered on iPhone takes advantage of iPad’s larger display to offer an almost full-size soft keyboard. iPad also connects to the new iPad Keyboard Dock with a full-size traditional keyboard.
iPad is powered by A4, Apple’s next-generation system-on-a-chip. Designed by Apple, the new A4 chip provides exceptional processor and graphics performance along with long battery life of up to 10 hours. Apple says the chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology deliver up to 1,000 charge cycles without a significant decrease in battery capacity over a typical five year lifespan.
iPad comes in two versions - one with Wi-Fi and the other with both Wi-Fi and 3G. iPad includes the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi, and the 3G versions support speeds up to 7.2 Mbps on HSDPA networks. Apple and AT&T announced breakthrough 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad with easy, on-device activation and management.
The iPad is not SIM locked though, so it can be used with any 3G operator. It's compatible with 850/1900/2100 MHz 3G networks.
iPad will be available in late March worldwide for a suggested retail price of US$499 for the 16GB model, US$599 for the 32GB model, US$699 for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + 3G models of iPad will be available in April in the US and selected countries for a suggested retail price of US$629 for the 16GB model, US$729 for the 32GB model and US$829 for the 64GB model.