Apple just announced it’s newest device described by Steve Jobs as, “magical and revolutionary.”
“SO all of us use laptops and smartphones… the question has arisen; is there room for something in the middle. We’ve wondered for years as well — in order to create that category, they have to be far better at doing some key tasks… better than the laptop, better than the smartphone.”
“What kind of tasks? Browsing the web. Doing email. Enjoying and sharing pics. Watching videos. Enjoying music. Playing games. Reading ebooks.”
“If there’s gonna be a third category, it has to be better at these tasks — otherwise it has no reason for being.”
“We think we’ve got something that is better. And we call it the iPad.”
“So, gonna give you a little overview. It’s very thin — you can change the homescreen to whatever you want. What this device does is extraordinary. You can browse the web with it. It’s the best web experience you’ve ever had.”
“Way better than a laptop, way better then a phone. You can turn it any way you want. To see the whole page is phenomenal.”
The iPad weighs about 1.5 pounds, is 0.5 inch thin, has a 9.7-inch display and should have a battery life of 10 hours, Jobs said. It uses what he called Apple’s own 1GHz A4 chip The tablet has the company’s online iTunes Store built into it, as well as YouTube in high-definition.
The tablet uses multi-touch finger gestures and swipes like the iPhone, but the iPad’s “larger screen requires less swiping to navigate,” said Ross Rubin of the NPD Group. “That’s a big plus from the iPhone.”
Several uses of the tablet were shown during its unveiling, including e-mail, games, video and reading The New York Times on it. Martin Nisenholtz of The Times, on stage, said that the newspaper’s iPhone app “has been downloaded 3 million times,” and that the company wanted to “create something special for the iPad … We think we’ve captured the essence of reading the newspaper” on it.
The Associated Press is reporting Apple will sell its newly unveiled tablet-style iPad starting at $499 with a release date of late March 2010.
16GB Wi-Fi version for $499
32GB Wi-Fi version for $599
64GB Wi-Fi version for $699
16GB 3G version for $629
32GB 3G version for $729
64GB 3G version for $829
Data plans for the iPad:
250 mb a month: $15
Unlimited data: $29.99
And lastly: free use of AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots.