Apple’s latest creation will be in your hands in 60 days and may revolutionize the way you or I compute. Steve Jobs clarified just what we can expect from Apples iPad, a device that appears to be an iPod Touch on steroids. The iPad platform is very similar to the iPod Touch but its capabilities are far more advanced. “It’s the best web experience you’ve ever had. Way better than a laptop, way better than a phone,” Steve Jobs said.
Here are the Specs:
- only 1.5 lbs
- only .5 inches and a 9.7-inch LED display
- powered by Apple’s own silicon technology, a 1 GHz Apple A4 chip
- available in memory configurations of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 802.11N WiFi
- 10 hours of battery life and over a month of standby time
- on-screen keyboard
Apple has already released an SDK program so that after market developers can create amazing new applications that are befitting to a device like the iPad. Apple is launching a brand new service called iBooks (and the corresponding iBookstore). Apple has reached an agreement, similar to the deal struck with record labels, with all the major publishers to market their content on the new iBookstore. Reading on the iPad will be very similar to Kindles, giving the reader the least strain possible on their eyes. There will be an external keyboard available for when you’re in the office, something that we begged Apple to provide with the iPhone. One of the most important features on the iPad is the fact that you will not need a contract with AT&T to access the 3G network; $30 a month will give you unlimited access.
I have saved the best for last, “The Price is Right”! Only $499 for 16GB model, $599 for 32GB, and 64GB for $699. Models with built-in 3G (like the iPhone) will cost more, adding about $130 dollars to the price of each unit. I could make a pretty long list of what the iPad is missing. However, there is no sense in getting worked up about the 1st generation iPad; naturally as the product evolves and is tested by consumers more advancements will find their way to the iPad. I would much rather marvel at the sheer potential this product has to revolutionize the work place as well the classroom than complain about what the device lacks – which seems to be the trend with all the critics. The iPad is scheduled for release in April 2010.