Apple iPad


Dhillon Sa'aB™
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Today, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs took to the stage to introduce a new device named the Apple iPad.
Jobs began by revealing that Apple has reached 250 million iPod sales to date. He then revealed that "Apple is the largest mobile devices business in the world today." Moving on throughout Jobs speech he questioned whether there is room for a third category device in-between a laptop or a smart-phone. Jobs then mocked competitors for investing in netbooks and immediately revealed the iPad.
Jobs went on to demonstrate several features including browsing, Photos and built-in slideshows. The iTunes store is also built in and the usual suspects of a mail, contacts and calendar applications are available. Jobs also demonstrated the maps application and its location features.
YouTube HD support is also included and Jobs demonstrated various videos during his keynote. After the video demonstrations Jobs moved onto the specifications:

  • 0.5" thin
  • Weighs 1.5 pounds
  • 9.7" IPS display
  • 1GHz Apple A4 processor
  • 16, 32, or 64GB of flash storage
  • 802.11n, WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1
  • 10 hours battery life
Various applications were demonstrated on the new iPad, some run at full resolution with slight pixelation whilst others run at their native resolution which seems far from ideal. A New York Times application was also demonstrated briefly that syncs between the iPhone app and includes in-line video clips.
Later in his speech Jobs priced up data plans for the iPad over 3G, AT&T will be offering the following:

  • 250MB monthly data limit for $14.99 - No contract
  • Unlimited data for $29.99 - No contract
International data plans will be revealed in June.
The iPad will be available in two months time for the WiFi only version and three months time for the WiFi and 3G version. Pricing of the devices will be:

  • 16GB WiFi only $499, WiFi + 3G $629
  • 32GB WiFi only $599, WiFi + 3G $729
  • 64GB WiFi only $699, WiFi + 3G $829
Apple also announced a case and keyboard dock accessory for "when you really need to do a lot of typing" said Jobs.


Rags to Riches
its quite oversized for being a handy gadget,
if it was smaller in size then it could prove to be a good tablet...............


like a star!
its size is totally fine to be a tablet..its just that its an oversized ipod. it would have been great if it had macbook's OS


Rags to Riches
its a little bulky due to its big size.......
it would have been more handy if it was a little smaller......... nevertheless a good device................
its size is gud as tablet..............but bad thing is they loaded ifone os on it........but still i love.......... its a cool gadget while you traveling or away frm home......... i hope somebody gonna hack it and a modified version will do moreeeeeeeeeeeeee


on off on off......
$499 for this....., I mean for $999 you can buy a Macbook. Spending upwards of $600-$900 for an iPad is a little extreme.

well ipad is like slate .. the most expensive slate know to man lolz


on off on off......
p.s -
Is the iPad a Flop

So far, the reaction to Apple's iPad has been very mixed. For some, the absence of a camera is a deal breaker, while others bemoan that Apple still doesn't allow multitasking on its iPhone OS and that Safari still doesn't support Flash. Others, however, are excited about the iPad's potential as an e-book reader and gaming device. Here at ReadWriteWeb, opinions are still mixed as well. Reactions among our writers range from advising people to wait for the iPad 2.0 to giddy excitement about the prospect of a better couch-surfing device

Tech Pundits: Mixed Reactions

All of the tech pundits who attended the launch event and actually used the device for a few minutes were impressed by the iPad's speed. John Gruber, who also wrote one of the most balanced evaluations of the iPad launch so far, went as far as to argue that Apple's A4 processor is the iPad's most revolutionary feature.

Walt Mossberg is cautiously optimistic about the iPad's potential. Mossberg says that the software "looked impressive," but also notes that the virtual keyboard "may be a liability." In the New York Times, David Pogue writes that just calling the iPad a big iPod touch doesn't do it justice, and that the iPad "as an e-book reader is a no-brainer." Pogue also cautions critics that it's too early to draw any conclusions. Nobody, after all, has really used the device yet and we haven't seen any iPad-only apps that really push the device to its limits.
Stephen Fry puts the launch into a historical context and notes that quite a few pundits expected Apple's iPhone to be a flop as well. MG Siegler, on the other hand, looks forward and says that holding the iPad is "like holding the future" (if you are already used to the iPod touch and iPhone).

A Paradigm Shift?
Nicholas Carr and Slate's Farhad Manjoo take a slightly different angle. Both argue that the iPad will represent a paradigm shift in how we look at our computers. Manjoo lauds the iPad's interface and ease of use and thinks that using the the iPhone represents a breakthrough in doing away with the old multi-window desktop metaphor. Carr writes that the success of the iPad is not a sure bet, but also argues that "whether it finds mainstream success or not, there's no going back; we've entered a new era of computing, in which media and software have merged in the Internet cloud."
Indeed, just like the iPhone changed our expectations of what mobile phones should be able to do, the iPad might just change our expectations of how laptops should work and what they should look like.


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Apple added to the iPad hype on Sunday as it unveiled a new TV commercial during the Oscars awards.

The commercial demonstrates most of what we have already seen and know about the iPad. It finishes by signing the advert off with "April 3", the date of the U.S. launch for the iPad.