Apple launches iPad tablet computer (Video)

January 28, 2010

(ChattahBox) — Apple’s chief executive, Steve Jobs, has unveiled  is team’s “latest creation” the iPad, a ‘revolutionary’ touch-screen, tablet-style computer, positioning it somewhere between a laptop and a smartphone. The iPad, which resembles a giant iPhone, is half an inch thick and weighs 1 1/2 pounds, has a 9.7in full-colour touch-screen, and can be used to watch movies, surf the internet, listen to music, view photos,and read ebooks and digital versions of newspapers and magazines. Jobs, in only his second public appearance since a leave of absence for health reasons last year, described the device as a “truly magical and revolutionary product”.
He confirmed speculation that the iPad could be used to read ebooks, newspapers and magazines, using an application called iBooks, an e-reading program that will connect to Apple’s new online e-bookstore.  “Amazon has done a great job of pioneering books with the Kindle,” said Jobs. “We’re going to stand on their shoulders and go a bit further.”

“What this device does is extraordinary. It’s the best browsing experience you’ve ever had. You’re holding the internet in your hands. It’s way better than a laptop, it’s way better than a smartphone. Using it is so much more intimate than a laptop, and so much more capable than a smartphone.”

The iPad,  has a 10 hour battery life and can surf the internet over Wi-Fi. iPad runs a version of the iPhone operating system, itself a variant of the Mac OS X.It is available with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of flash storage.  The iPad, will run the 140,000 applications developed for the iPhone and the iPod Touch, but the company expects a new wave of programs tailored to the iPad. Still a camera is notably absent, and Flash software that handles video and animation on the Web, does not work on the device. Another thing missing is an alternative to the AT&T data network, which is already buckling under the strain of traffic to and from iPhones. And as for cost, there are three models, based on amount of solid state memory: iPad with 16Gbytes is just $499; 32Gbytes, $599; 64Gbytes, $699. 3G adds $130 to each, so the most expensive iPad is $829.

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