Apple’s iPad Tablet Gets Unveiled To Mixed Reactions, Surprising Price Point

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Apple's tablet iPad finally received its unveil yesterday and it's a bit of a mixed bag.  I know what you are thinking,  the device is essentially a blown-up iPod Touch.  Steve Jobs says it's "so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable than a smart phone."  Translation: it's a device without a built-in category and we think it deserves one.

First, some things you were probably expecting didn't quite make it into the actual gadget.  There's no camera, no multi-tasking (beyond Apple's built-in tools, but I am pretty sure OS 4.0 will have atleast some multi tasking), no Flash support and no microSD card expansion.  Heck, you even need an adaptor to get a USB port onto it.  There's also no kickstand, so it won't be your glorified picture frame right out of the box.

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What it does fit in, though, sounds mighty cool, despite the omissions.  The iPad weighs 1.5 lbs and measures half-an-inch thick, with a large 9.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display (1024 x 768 resolution) and plenty of bezel (presumably, to make it easier to grip) on the front panel.  It copies the iPod Touch's layout, right down to the sole button under the display.  Other details include a choice of storage options (16GB, 32GB, 64GB), accelerometers, built-in mic and speakers, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 10-hour battery life.   A 3G version will also be available, which will support high-speed broadband via AT&T's network.

It uses the company's own 1-GHz Apple A4 chip and will run a similar OS as the iPhone.   As such, it will support most software titles from the App Store (well, those that don't require a camera anyway), although it will only show them in their native resolution (320 x 240, as per the iPhone's display).  We do expect a whole lot of apps to come specifically for it, though, especially down the line.

Pre-installed apps include a calendar, maps, an ebook reader (along with the introduction of their own electronic bookstore) and the usual iPod Touch staples, all slightly redesigned for the iPad's larger display.  Pricing for the Wi-Fi versions are listed at $499, $599 and $699 (for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, respectively).  3G iPad models will go for $629, $729 and $829 each.  AT&T data plans will be available for $14.99 per month (250 megabytes of data) and $29.99 (unlimited usage).

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4 Responses

  1. Faber

    Apple’s in fashion iTablet will eventually blow up after the push time during it’s launch. The touch screen and Apple’s potential to fix issues will begin to make the iTablet a monster in the time ahead.

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  2. Jean Rogers

    No camera. No USB port. No multitasking. No folder for non-apple media. Look at the price for the 64 GB 3G model. Close enough to $1000 to say ouch.
    I still think it’s a great product that will only get better. Price will come down, memory will go up within a year or two.

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  3. Joe

    Apple always do well to bring out the top gadgets that when released to the stores everyone goes crazy. It is really just a big ipod touch, the 10″ screen does allow more use but still very limited.

    The new app features have been improved with the in depth calendar and ebook reader will be very beneficial to commuters.

    Overall another well done to apple though probably best to wait a year for the specs to be improved.

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  4. Jeffrey Zed

    Let’s just hope it will get better in time and more functions will be added. By the way, I consider the e-book reader function a very very useful thing, as I (and other people of course) need to read some PDFs while away from the computer… or I am just boring and want to read something…

    I wait for the improved iPad.

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