Apple Announces the iPad Tablet!

After much speculation, plenty of Apple Tablet rumors, and copious concept designs such as Apple Tablet Mount and ideas that it may be similar to the Microsoft Courier Tablet, Apple officially announced in their Keynote speech the arrival of their new iPad!

iPad PR release

Today, we find out the the Apple iPad looks like a much bigger iPod touch. Tilting the screen from Portrait to landscape allows the display to react and rotate accordingly, much like video and images on the iPhone and iPod touch. The iPad bridges the gap between the iPhone and netbooks. Nicely, you can quickly preview a photo to see if it’s the one you want, and a favorite of mine is you can search by for photos by face! With the larger screen, searching through music is a lot similar to doing so on an Apple Mac, and the App store truly benefits from the larger screen. Apple boast that the iPad is a great way to enjoy music, surf the net, and a dream to type on and it really looks to be so. Although Apple haven’t yet confirmed support for flash, they do supports youtube and youtube HD with a pleasant UI for navigating. Enter the market at $499, the iPad is going to cause a storm!

The iPad is 0.5 inches think and weighs just 1.5 pounds. It also has a gorgeous 9.7” IPS display and as we expected, it comes with Apple’s multi-touch interface. Equipped with WiFi, the iPad boasts capabilities of 802.11n allowing super-fast connectivity, accompanied by Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Depending on your preference, the iPad comes with the option of having 3G! As expected, Apple have opted for a custom chip to power the iPad which they have named it the Apple A4 and runs currently at 1Ghz. The iPad comes with 16-64GB Flash storage plus, as I watched the keynote speech, one amazing thing that stood out to me and really sells this tablet is the 10 hour battery life, or 1 month in standby!

iPad demonstrations Keynotes

Outstandingly, the new iPad already has a rich array of applications as it is 100% backwards compatible with iPhone apps and even comes with an accelerometer & compass. Plus, with a larger screen, vendors are creating innovative touch screen controls which will no doubt spark a new generation of gaming, but it doesn’t stop there. Apple also demonstrated iWorks which really demonstrates how this tablet could be used in an executive environment.

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10 thoughts on “Apple Announces the iPad Tablet!

  1. Fear.

    Apple’s stellar iTablet will rapidly gain some steam after the push time during it’s launch. The touch screen and Mac’s potential to fix some problems will start to make the product a success story in years to come.

  2. Forest.

    Mac’s stellar innovation will eventually gain some steam after this initial pumped up time during it’s unveiling. The A4 chip and Mac’s potential to fix issues will start to make the iPad a success in the time ahead.

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  4. Martin Wheeler Post author.

    The iPad is described as an iPhone on steroids. The iPad is less like Mac and more like the iPhone OS. It’s unknown so far what the os is called but it has been nicknamed iPhone OS 4. This doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful, though.
    With an Apple 1 Ghz A4 processor, we are going to see some great apps appearing. As the iPad SDK is availible for download, it’s possible to start building apps now, and mozilla could have a go if they wished.
    What I truly want is a Linux distro to be released for it, but then I am a geek. Lol.

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  6. azoo.

    Will we have to deal with AT&T again. This will be a killer… How about full browser support for FireFox. Can we run all browser apps, or are we limited to iPhone capabilities? Now that you don’t have a real keyboard, what is the answer for a right click. Is this a huge iPhone?

  7. james braselton.

    hi there wow 10 hours of useage or 1 month standby time i did missed the 1 month standby time but got the 16-64 gb flash drive i am going with the wi-fi 64 gb model at $699 32 gb for $599 or 16 gb for $499 but the 3g wi-fi adds $130 wich will put the 16 gb 3g at $629 32 gb at $729 or 64 gb 3g at $829 go solid state flash drives this is your year too realy take off

  8. Martin Wheeler Post author.

    Interestingly, as the iPad has a microphone and speakers and has the option of having 3G, why can’t it be a phone? At the very list, someone will think up a good Skype, IAX, or SIP client for all our VoIP needs, if current network operators wont support voice.

    Might be a bit bulky as a phone, though. lol.

  9. Rose.

    How awesome is that phone? 🙂 I wouldn’t mind getting one of those myself, plus I can’t believe how cheap it is being sold for! Mind blowing! The ipad looks skinny, sleek and sexy, not to mention extremely cool.

    I love the fact that it has a 10 hour battery life, that is awesome, I hate charging up my current phone as frequently as i do, so the ipad would be ideal! I think this ipad will definitely give the iphone a run for it’s money. Who knows, one day they may market the ipad in a selection of colours too!


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