The new Apple iPad

I had the pleasure of being able to catch some of the Apple announcement coverage on Leo Laporte’s TWiT stream.

 

Apple’s big announcement was their highly anticipated tablet PC they’ve been so hush-hush about for about a year. It wasn’t until recently that the rest of the tech world caught wind of what was up Apple’s sleeve. There was nothing but speculation until the publishing company, MacGraw-Hill’s CEO spilled the beans and confirmed that Apple was indeed unveiling a tablet PC called the iPad. As far as today goes, there was a great line of people waiting to get into the theater where the big man himself, Steve Jobs was going to unveil the new product. The presentation itself was well done from what I could tell. Very professional. Leave it to Apple to start the year off with a bang. Now to be honest, from the presentation of it, the iPad looked a lot like a glorified iPod Touch. Other than the remarkable (and I use that word loosely) resemblance, The iPad may something to offer. Apple is introducing native software to the iPad to enhance productivity and everyday use. Even some of the software included on iPod Touches and iPhones were completely rebuilt to suit the iPad to the letter. There are two different iPads. There is the one with just WiFi and the other with WiFi and 3G.

As far as I am concerned. I like it. I little to similar to some of Apple’s devices but I believe they are getting somewhere. Apple is known to be a trend setter, so we’ll see how things shape up. So far it looks like I’ll bite at Apple’s bait and probably will snag me an iPad. It looks like it can be useful. Don’t you? Leave comments and feedback of your opinions. Here are is the pricing guide and the specs straight from Apple:

NOTE:ALL the information listed below is from the Apple website. I do not claim to own this information nor am I the originator of it. All credit goes to Apple.

 


 

16GB 32GB 64GB

Wifi $499 $599 $699

WiFi+3G $629 $729 $829

And now for the specs:

Size and weight

Height:
9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
Width:
7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
Depth:
0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
Weight:
1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model

Display

  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Capacity3

  • 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive

Processor

  • 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

Sensors

  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor

Audio Playback

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

TV and Video

  • Support for 1024 x 768 with Dock Connector to VGA adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component A/V Cable, 576i and 480i with Apple Composite Cable
  • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Mail attachment support

  • Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)

Languages

  • Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian
  • Keyboard support for English (US) English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian
  • Dictionary support for English (US), English (UK), French, French (Canadian), French (Swiss), German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin), Russian

Wireless and Cellular

Wi-Fi model
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
Wi-Fi + 3G model
  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Data only2
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

Location

  • Wi-Fi
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
  • Cellular (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

Battery and Power4

  • Built-in 25Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Input and Output

  • Dock connector
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
  • Built-in speakers
  • Microphone
  • SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)

Accessibility

  • Support for playback of closed-captioned content
  • VoiceOver screen reader
  • Full-screen zoom magnification
  • White on black
  • Mono audio


To watch the iPad video, click here
To catch the announcement recording, click here

 

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