Thursday, January 28, 2010


Apple unveils the iPad – At last...

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:
  • 1GHz Apple A4 processor (custom)
  • 0.5″ thick
  • 1.5 pounds
  • 9.7″ Capacitive touchscreen
  • 16-64GB of SSD storage
  • 3G available but not in all iPads
  • $14.99 for 250MB, $29.99 for unlimited data on AT&T (no contract)
  • 3G iPads are unlocked, have GSM micro SIMs
  • Accelerometer, Compass
  • 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1
  • Runs iPhone apps in window or pixel doubling
  • Hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics
  • SDK out today
  • $499 for 16GB base model, $830 for all maxed out
  • Dock with hard keyboard
Prices start at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. Adding 3G costs $130.

Concerns, though:
  • No camera so no video chat
  • Limited space — 64GB may be a lot for an iPod, but when you’ve got movies and such, it’ll disappear real fast
  • Multitasking?
  • No SD or multi-card reader means that’s all the storage you get
  • It’s obviously no more customizable than the iPhone
Our minds all just got blown by the $499 starting price. I was thinking way more for sure. Nice move, Apple.

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