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Posted by on Jan 27, 2010 in Science & Technology | 10 comments

The iPad

It’s here


Mr. Jobs, appearing energized but gaunt, a result of his ongoing health challenges, unveiled the iPad at a press event here on Wednesday morning. iPadIts features and specifications, once the stuff of Internet myth, are now sharply in focus: The half-inch thick, 1.5 pound device will feature a 9.7-inch multi-touch screen and is powered by a customized Apple microchip, which it has dubbed A4. The iPad will have the same operating system as the iPhone and access to its 140,000 applications.

The price of the device will start at $499 for the most basic model, with a Wi-Fi wireless connection. More expensive models will be offered with more memory and with 3G wireless access from ATT, which will charge up to $30 for an unlimited monthly data plan.

Early reactions from ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, and techmeme discussion.

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  • I admit to being very covetous of this particular device, even though I, in general, hate devices.

  • shannonlee

    This is literally just an iTouch with a larger display…and the iTouch is a pointless device. My iPhone does everything this iPad does and more…while fitting in my pocket. My light and thin MacBook Pro runs both windows and OSX. I just don’t see the point.

    I am sure this is just a first step to something better. I’ll wait until step 3.

    • jchem

      That’s kind of how it struck me, as in being an oversized i-Phone. I’m pretty happy with my MacBook Pro; I don’t really have a need to “upgrade” to this thing.

      On a slightly related note, NPR has managed to find some humor in all of this:

      iPad: Apple’s Way Of Reaching Out To Women?

  • DLS

    When playing with a cell phone in a moving automobile isn’t enough…

  • Jim_Satterfield

    Think of textbooks that need to be in color and with a display that large weighing only 1.5 pounds. Compared to the weight of the physics, calculus, biology and chemistry books that I remember hauling and that could really use color for many illustrations and diagrams. Oh, yeah, I can see lots of potential.

  • Let’s not pretend it’s a phone, a laptop or an oversized iPod. Let’s think of it as a device optimized for delivering (and selling) content (text, audio, video, games). How effective do you think it is to that use?

    • shannonlee

      About half as effective as a MacBook Air.

  • StockBoySF

    Just what we need…. another 3G-hogging device with AT&T as the carrier. Their 3G performance on the iPhone sucks. This will only make it worse.

    I love all my Apple stuff, the iPhone, but only because of AT&T’s performance (and utter denial that any problem exists). Apple’s selection of AT&T as the 3G carrier really calls into question Apple’s judgement.

  • shannonlee

    Oh…and price-wise…you can get a PC laptop cheaper than an iPad.

    BUT! The 10 hour battery life is very nice….

    Now if I can connect it to a video device…lcdprojector…slap a powerpoint app on it….then we might be talking about something my wife could use.

  • socialchild

    My problem, as with the iPod Touch, is that the device is designed to be a front-end to the iTunes Store. It’s designed for media, but you have to take the media that Apple is willing to give, in the format that Apple is willing to provide, for the price that Apple charges. there is no competition. As much as Apple bleated about Microsoft having a monopoly back in the 90s, you would think they would open things up a bit.

    As it is, it’s hard to position this as a media device when it doesn’t play Flash, Silverlight, HTML5, or .ogg. No streaming technology other than Quicktime means Hulu, no Netflix Instant, no a lot of things.

    No camera, no web cam? Why not? The Nintendo DSI has them.

    There will be support for creating docs with a lite version of iWorks, but what good is a keynote presentation on a device that can’t hook up to a projector or external monitor?

    I see this as a Kindle Killer–especially if the iBook store has a sane licensing scheme, and they can get textbook publishers on board, but as a ubiquitous device…it needs more useful features and more freedom.

    I may wait until the 4.0 version.

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