Super massive Apple Event post: The iPad — starting at $499. [Pictures Galore!!]

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by Mike
Posted January 27th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

The day has finally arrived folks. Apple has finally taken the wraps off of their Jesus Tablet, which has been given the name: “iPad”. So is it cool enough to live up to the hype that has been literally saturating the internet for the last month? I’m not a tablet fan and even this has my interesting piqued. The iPad is the fruit of well over a year of labor between scores of Apple employees. It is easily the best tablet “computer” available on the market. And starting at $499 it will be impossible to beat. Shall we…?

**Pictures property of Engadget**

iPad: Starting at $499!

-Hardware

  • 9.7″ IPS display
  • 16GB-64GB Flash storage
  • 1GHz Apple A4 processor
  • Hardware-accelerated OpenGL for graphics
  • Select iPads: AT&T provided 3G — $14.99/month for 250MB data (why bother?) | $29.99/month for unlimited data (I can hear AT&T’s towers weeping…)
  • iPad 3G activated right on device itself — pre-paid = No Contracts!
  • Uses new GSM micro SIM cards
  • All iPads: WiFi 802.11n/Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

-Dimensions, Storage, and Pricing

  • 0.5″ thin
  • 1.5 lbs.
  • 10 hours VIDEO battery life — “over a month standby”
  • Price: (WiFi Only) 16GB - 32GB - 64GB | $499 - $599 - $699
  • Price: Wifi + 3G) 16GB - 32GB - 64GB | $629 - $729 - $829
  • WiFi models available in 60 days, WiFI + 3G models coming in 90 days.
  • **Notifications, background processing, phone calls?!

iPad Software

  • **No flash support
  • **Can run ALL iPhone apps out of the box
  • iPhone apps run in native resolution or “Double Pixel Mode” (read: blown up)
  • Auto-rotation — hold in any position
  • Google Maps support
  • Special iPad apps shown off by EA, MLB.com, and more
  • **Sadly, no background processing to speak of.

iPad Software cont. — iBooks, iBook Store and iWork for iPad

  • iBook Store
  • 5 big partners: Penguin, Macmillion, Simon & Shuster…”and more”
  • ePub format
  • Change fonts within books
  • iWork for iPad — completely redesigned UI
  • Pages, Keynote, etc for iPad cost $9.99 each. Not bad eh?

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**Pictures property of Engadget**

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3 ResponsesLeave a comment
  • Rich
    January 27, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    Reply

    Gah, mike, you have the best coverage that I can find right now….i swear.

    Rich your cuz in Austin

    • Mike
      January 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm
      Reply

      lol thanks. I wish. I just took a bunch of info from other places and put it into a quick and easy to read list…with lots of pictures of course. ;)

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