Rumors lead way to product launch as Apple debuts iPad

Apple today introduced the 9.7-inch iPad, a “revolutionary” device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books and much more. The iPad features a responsive high-resolution Multi-Touch display lets users physically interact with applications and content. The iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook. iPad includes 12 new apps designed especially for the iPad, and will run almost all of the over 140,000 apps in the App Store. The Wi-Fi model iPad will be available in late March, the 3G model will be available in April.

Vertical and Horizontal views of the new iPad.

“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 12 next-generation Multi-Touch applications. Every app works in both portrait and landscape, automatically animating between views as the user rotates iPad. The Multi-Touch interface gives users the ability to use an almost full-size “soft” keyboard. Images can be imported, and organized as albums; audio can be played through iTunes; and movies, TV shows and YouTube videos can be viewed in High Def. Users can also read through the pages of an e-book downloaded from the new Apple iBookstore.

Launched with the iPad is the new Apple iBooks app for iPad, which includes Apple’s new iBookstore. The iBookstore will feature books from major and independent publishers.

Apple also introduced a new version of iWork for iPad, a desktop-class productivity suite designed specifically for Multi-Touch. With Pages, Keynote and Numbers users can create formatted documents, stunning presentations with animations and transitions, and spreadsheets with charts, functions and formulas. The three apps will be available separately through the App Store.

iPad syncs with iTunes just like the iPhone and iPod touch, using the standard Apple 30-pin to USB cable so users can sync all their contacts, photos, music, movies, TV shows, applications and more from a Mac or PC. All the apps and content downloaded on iPad from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore will be automatically be synced to your iTunes library the next time the iPad is connected with the users’ computer.

The iPad features a stunning 9.7-inch, LED-backlit display, 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 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.

Other features: built-in storage uses flash media; built-in 25Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that is rechargeable via USB or AC adapter; inputs/outputs include dock connector, headphone jack, built-in speakers and mic, and Sim Card tray (on the 3G model).

Optional accessories include the iPad Keyboard Dock, iPad Case, iPad Dock, iPad Camera Connection Kit and iPad USB Power Adapter.

iPad will be available in late March worldwide for a suggested retail price of $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, $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 $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

— Diane Berkenfeld

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Comments

  1. Eldora Ochiai says:

    Alot of bloggers not too happy with this new iPad.There was just too much hoopla over it and lots of blogers got disapointed.Thing is, I for one see some of the awesome potential uses of this gadget. Third-party soft for composing tunes, games, papers and magazine and FFS books, tons of awesome stuff, but they just didn’t really sell it very well (aside from the books). It feels kinda undercooked

  2. I was reading on netbookspoint.com something similar, it would be nice to see more major players in the industry following Apple’s example, especially on mobile devices there is no need anymore for Flash.

  3. Greg Chrest says:

    Didn’t know about it. Very nice information. Submitted this post to Google News Reader.

  4. Apple’s a company I’ve enjoyed for some time, they produce products that is aesthetically gorgeous while working like a champ. That can’t be said about alot of companies, it’s usually one or the other. Companies don’t usually take aesthetics seriously like Apple. With me stating that I’ve got to say that I’m very excited about the upcoming iSlate. One thing I question though, is it too soon? I’m afraid that this may be ahead of our time. What do you think?

  5. iPad says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more. I’m stoked for the iPad news though!Thanks!

  6. Edmund Spisak says:

    I’ve enjoyed Apple for sometime, they produce technology that is aesthetically beautiful while working like a each and every time. That can’t be said about alot of companies, it’s usually one or the other. Tech companies don’t usually take aesthetics seriously like Apple. With that said I’ve got to say that I’m anxious about the new Tablet. One thing I question though, is it too soon? I think that this may be ahead of its time. What do you think?

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  8. Roland Scali says:

    I have been looking at many articles today about the iPad and yours in one of the most informative. Thanks for the fantastic article.

  9. piratesmvp04 says:

    Apple may be good at making fast operating systems, but they are horrible when it comes to ergonomics. The keys on this keyboard have no cushion behind them. Hit them too hard and your finger will feel the vibration which feels like a shock. Hit it the wrong way, and your finger will actually hurt. The keyboard Apple used to make with the thicker keys was at least more comfortable than this. Apple needs to go back to the drawing board, and maybe hire some people from Logitech or Microsoft to help them make comfortable products.

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