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iPad!

Posted in geeksquad, News by msdisdain on January 27, 2010

It sounds like the latest technological innovation for feminine hygiene products, but today Jobs announced Apple’s first tablet PC (touch interface).  Take a look:


[photo: Reuters]

Notes:  The iPad is sounding (and looking) like what I thought:  a gigantic iPhone.  That or you can imagine holding a high-definition television screen right in front of your face (9.7”).  That or maybe it’s a gigantic Kindle?  Regardless, it appears to be apple’s brainchild to compete with the already existing genre of netbooks, boasting a web browser better than laptops or smart phones and a virtual touch-interface keyboard that is far superior to the iPhone’s lacking one.  It can run all iPhone apps; however I still have questions on productivity apps (like Word) and agree with the Guardian that it’s more of an entertainment/organizer than a full-blown replacement laptop.  There is supposedly an iPad version of iWork, which lets users create documents, presentations and spreadsheets on a new interface; however, I am skeptical of its usability and efficiency.  For the gamers out there, graphics on the tablet are comparable to the last generation consoles (ie. PS2).  In terms of connectivity, while there is wi-fi access on the tablet, Apple will also be introducing an iPad 3G.  American users can buy a pre-paid no contract data bundle (250MB/month for $14.99) or pay $29.99, similar to iPhone users, for unlimited data through AT&T, the US’s exclusive provider).  While there is yet to be an announcement on price, sources estimate that the iPad tablet PC will cost between $800-$1,000. The wi-fi only model is scheduled to be on shelves in 60 days; the iPad 3G model in 90 days due to needed approval from carrier service.

Update:  Price $829 for a iPad 3G w/ 64GB flash memory (not including applicable data plans through AT&T).  This is probably the model I would go for.  See sourcebelow for a more elaborate price scale on other models (prices depend on wi-fi/3G access & memory).

Stats:

– 0.5 inches thick
– weighs 1.5 pounds (0.7kilos)
– 9.7 inch multitouch display
– 1GHz Apple A4 chip (built in house)
– 10 hours of battery life

– between 16GB and 64GB of flash memory
– wifi & blue-tooth enabled

What’s really killer for me is the keyboard dock:

The question I’m seeing across the board: consumer buy-in.
Would you buy one? Why or why not??

Some Sources of Apple Announcement Coverage

Coverage of the Apple Tablet Launch: Guardian Technology Blog

Engadget’s live blog with more pictures & information: Live from the Apple ‘latest creation’ event

Photo gallery of the iPad tablet PC: Apple launches iPad tablet computer

Patents for Apple’s Tablet PC:

Apple Wins iChat and Major Tablet Patent Prior to Launch

Updated:

The Apple iPad: First Impressions by David Pogue, NY Times

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  1. cheap leased cars said, on February 4, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    I’ve loved Apple products for some time, they produce gadgets that is aesthetically beautiful while working like a charm. Alot of companies aren’t able to say that, it’s usually one or the other. Businesses don’t usually take aesthetics seriously like Apple. With that said I’ve got to say that I’m very excited 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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