Apple announces the iPad tablet
There will be 16, 32 or 64-gigabyte versions, each sporting a 1GHz Apple A4 processor, Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. The battery of the iPad should be able to hold up for a month in standby! (What?) Also, it should deliver about 10 hours of use time. Now, if that means 10 hours of gaming on that thing, we are totally in for it.
The software seems like a neat iPhone OS port, designed to run on the bigger screen. Some apps will be quite similar to what the iPhone offers, while others have gotten a refreshed UI, like the calendar for example. Developers seem to have taken good advantage of the screen so you can now see your events inside a certain day, while in month view. Nice. iBooks will be one of the built-in applications and it will allow you to use the iPad as an e-book reader. There will also be an iBook store where you can purchase titles.
A truly exciting part about the iPad seems to be its full compatibility with all the existing App Store apps, which is totally great (and was expected). Here’s the deal: you can run the applications in their native resolution of 480x320 pixels, but you can also pixel double, in order to have them run in full screen. Well, you’ll lose some of the eye candy this way, but it would be way better than having no apps, right? Now’s the time to mention that a new iPhone SDK is now released for devs, that will allow them to easily design their apps for the iPad as well, so they can take full advantage of the beautiful display.
The Apple iPad will be offered with two pre-paid plans on AT&T: $14.99 for a 250MB limit, and $29.99 for unlimited data, no contract. You will be able to cancel your service whenever you want.
The iPad will be aggressively priced. The 16GB no-3G version will be available for $499. The 32GB one for $599 and the 64GB for $699. The Wi-Fi plus 3G variants will cost respectively $629, $729 and $829. All unlocked.
When will it be available? Later. Okay, we’ll be more specific – Wi-Fi models will be available for purchase in 60 days, while the 3G models will come in 90 days.
Well, it won’t be as exciting as the iPhone, at least for us, but it still sounds like a pretty cool device. A must-have for the gadget maniac.
Check the demo video here!
source: Apple via Ustream and Gizmodo
1. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
looks like a giant phone...its probably pretty nice, but not worth the price gaurenteed
7. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
I think it's kind of funny that the processor is the same speed as the nexus one. I know its a high quality processor, but won't it need a little more than 1 gig to do everythings it's claiming to do?
12. rwolf1984 (Posts: 522; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
NO...Mac OSX and iPhone OS are based on an open UNIX platform. Notice how PCs need more resources like ram and processors to run smoothly. Macs require less resources then PCs...With Apple everything is done in house. PC is a mix of components from different manufacturers. Apple has better quality control and can turn out a better computer, better phone, and better tablet.
27. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
Although rwolf1984 comes off as a fanboy, he is completely correct. One of the biggest reason Windows suffers isn't because of the OS. Windows is just fine. It's because they allow their OS to be installed on any computer, even if the PC doesn't have optimal hardware to support it. With Apple products, Apple specifies everything. You get the experience they want you to have (which is why Apple products aren't too customizable). Sure, it's a controlled experience, but it works extremely well.
30. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
Theres no question apple has a masterful operating system... But for them to call this device a revolution is a fallacy. The ipad doesn't do anything you can't do on an iphone or itouch. And to leave out a disk drive, camera, multitasking, and phone capabilities make the niche for this device extremely small. Apple found its sucess in consolodating your technology. They are now going against this by thinking people will want to carry aroung a smartphone, itouch, ipad, a laptop, a desktop, etc...
34. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I don't know. They basically making this their netbook. Netbooks are made two surf the web and do email and run maybe one or two programs at a time. This thing does exactly the same, but you pay a bit more for it. No different from any other Apple product.
59. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
I was hoping to see Luke Wilson alking about Talking and browsing the web with this Giant POS...I think people in Starbucks look rediculous enough can you imagine what someone in starbucks is going to look like with one of these, they're going to look a CRAZY smeering mash patatos on their plate with their finger...LOL
75. E.N. (Posts: 2385; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Okay, too much exageration. I don't see what would be so weird and hilarious about someone using one of these. I'm not really interested in the ipad but I think it would actually look cool. When I see someone using a kindle at Statbucks, I don't bust out laughing. But that's just me.
82. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I dunno. As much as I like the concept of the iPhone and iPod Touch, and am a general fan of Apple products/computers; I just don't see why I need one of these. If I could have an iPhone on VZW I would, but for now I'm stuck with my BB, and I've already got an iPod Touch, and a Macbook. So Apple, please explain to me why I would need, or just even buy/use one of these iPads! I love the concept, and since it's a Mac, I'm sure it will be pretty, but the device functionality, or lack thereof just doesn't seem to fulfill many people's general needs. Maybe it's just me, or the hype surrounding this device, but I'm just not getting the "wow" factor that's usually involved with one of Apple's product launches. If it actually did all the thing/patents that Apple has had approved recently, then yeah, I could have seen myself buying one. Knowing Apple though, the next iteration of the initially launched device will be a big improvement, so who knows.
2. rwolf1984 (Posts: 522; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
I AM THE FIRST TO POST...damn 2nd...This is an awesome device! Great data pricing options, NO Contract. Cant wait until this is released and to play with one. I will decide whether to purchase then...60 Days
3. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)
00127/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_apple$629 with ATT data plan
29. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
That was the first thing I thought when it was all done. I have never seen so many rumors from so many sources saying Verizon was getting at least something. SOMETHING. And then there is no mention what so ever of Verizon. Not even a "One More Thing..." I don't think it's a big deal. The iPad will basically be an expensive netbook. Folks will buy it. It's not too expensive (although the iPhone is also around the same price and it is much smaller and cheaper to make). Still, it says something about Apple's relationship with AT&T. There is a chance there will be a Verizon iPhone one of these days, but it seems for now they are content with AT&T. Some of the folks here will hate on AT&T because of what's going on in NYC and San Fran. Folks may bark that AT&T doesn't have 3G coverage everywhere, but 75% of people live where there is 3G service. Verizon will definitely have 3G in Idaho, but when was the last time you were there? At any rate, it doesn't matter either way with me. AT&T needs to fix their image more than their network. Otherwise, they will indeed be the new Sprint Nextel...which may not be a bad thing...Sprint lowered their prices. I'd love to see AT&T do the same.
39. kilari (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Oct 2009)
Funny you mention Sprint, and Idaho with 3g in the same post. Cus I'd like to comment on it your comment. I love Sprint, I've been with Sprint before their decline of customers. But I like their lower prices, and I also like that in the middle of nowhere in Idaho I can get 3g service from Verizon. I dont get charged extra, and I'm still good paying my Sprint lower prices. So Verizon, its the network that I get to leech off of with Sprint. Go Sprint!
54. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)
VERIZON SHOULD OF THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT SAYING "THEIR'S A MAP FOR THAT" LOL
70. jrg11 (Posts: 65; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)
maybe you should have thought twice about how to properly use there/their
100. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Don't worry about it. When this device gets on AT&T their network is going to be clogged even more, then Apple will wish their product worked on a better network. I guess there isn't enough proof that AT&T's network isn't the best...yet CDMA/LTE - FTW
125. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)
I really wish people can get over the whole CDMA/GSM fanboy crap. Hello, if you noticed, the iPad is unlocked. Who the hell is gonna wanna buy and sell a CDMA which only works with about 20% of the world? Apple is very smart for choosing AT&T because people in other countries are gonna be all over this item since it uses GSM and most of the world. I don't have anything against CDMA, but come on, if you wanted to make money, what would you do? Apple doesn't really care about its fanboys. It wants to make money, and fanboys just come along with it optionally lol.
5. Steven58 (Posts: 76; Member since: 25 Nov 2009)
DON'T ANYONE TALK TO ME! I'm in mourning over no VZW iPhone news. rrrrrrrrrrrrr.
6. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
As a Verizon fan you have to be pretty disapointed today... not onlt did they not make any iphone announcements, but the also lest us down by sending the ipad to ATT. wtf? Apple why are you hating on verizon??
19. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)
Am totally sure if this tablet was anounced for VZW the fanboys will call it the best product ever released by Apple, but because is going to AT&T is pure trash for y'all. Fanboys got to understand until VZW turn fully LTE there's not going to be anything for the big red, watch and learn from ur Canadians neighbors VZ...!!!!
28. deago78 (Posts: 159; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Yet I'm willing to bet that you'd be singing its praises had it went to big red
33. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Yea all the VZW fagboys wouldn't be bashing it at if it was going to VZW. I hate ATT too and would never have a phone with them unless things drastically changed, but this is an awesome device. Does it do everything? Of course not, nothing does. Does it make a big step in the right direction for an option between a small cellphone and relatively large laptop? Fuck yea it does. I'm sure when the next iPhone comes out which will most likely be June-ish like usual, it will have a new OS which will change the iPad too. Apple would never make 2 huge announcements in one event for those hoping for a VZW iPhone. There's still a chance for that if you ask me.
35. skidodo142 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
gots something to do with all they droid attack ads
44. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I agree HOVA! If it were coming to VZW they would all be singing how apple loves VZW. I hope VZW never gets an apple device out of principle. Let T-Mo and sprint get it and the iPhone and VZW will still grow, AT&T will start to decline its adds as their only source of revenue is the iPhone anyway.
46. VZWEMP (Posts: 143; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
once again no i wouldnt. i do not like apple products, they are overpriced and restricted as far as compatibiliy is concerned
53. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Yea well this whole thread and comments aren't related to you and you only.
56. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)
VERIZON SHOULD OF THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT SAYING "THEIR'S A MAP FOR THAT" LOL
64. sensei_phn (Posts: 6; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
WTF does Verizon's map add have to do with the ipad ....I'm confused at your stupidity If any of Apple's products ever went to a real network people would leave AT&T so fast Luke Wilson would go back to being "dead" overnight
68. Chromemember (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)
You think AT&T is making a lot of money on the iPhone? Just because its the most popular source of revenue doesnt make it the only source of revenue or the most profitable.
8. Ebonyks (Posts: 20; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
with bluetooth, i'd imagine VOIP with a program like skype would be possible with a headset. Plus, this way there are no additional costs for minutes. Things are looking positive for this tablet
9. bartoolz (Posts: 7; Member since: 23 Apr 2009)
OMG!!! After reading the play-by-play on Engadget, the only thing I can say is... OMG!!! What a let down!! After all the hype, all the speculating of a good tablet, new iPhone OS, or even a Verizon version of the iPhone, we end up with a giant iPod Touch?!?!? I know not to believe in speculation, but after all that has happened with mobile devices in the past year, I couldn't help but get my hopes up a little bit for something actually good to come from this media event. And to boot, they put it on AT&T... A data only device, from Apple, on AT&T... The company who blames its poor 3G coverage mostly on the amount of iPhones using data... "I know what will make it all better, let's add a data only device to our network, that will help"... WHAT?!?!?! Sorry iPhone users, looks like your service won't be getting better anytime soon. Maybe Apple is out of ideas. The 3rd party developers are really what made the iPhone/iPod Touch great. Apple saw how much money could be made by creating a new platform (which honestly isn't all that knew... IT'S A BIG IPOD TOUCH!!!), and then leaving it up to the 3rd party developers to make it great. I hope for the consumers sake, the developers are ready (actually I hope they all see what Crapple just pulled and shy away from this device, ultimately showing Crapple that the consumers can only be sold the same thing so many time... lol). BTW... Android FTW :D
13. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
I agree.... I see the ipad as a 9.7 inch vacuum that sucks up your money. Apple is essentially giving you a mobile store front to conveniently purchase music, tv, movies, books, apps, etc...
31. deago78 (Posts: 159; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
How would coverage be determined by data use? If everyone stopped using data would a man in South Dakota finally be able to call the 7 other people who live in his state?
126. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)
Well I know it seems like it isn't gonna change things, but just watch. This is gonna spark. I went to class the day the iPad was announced and I opened up my Macbook and started Safari. Obviously, communist Apple makes Safari their homepage, so I saw the iPad. I clicked on it. Within 10 seconds, I had a stadium seating of students staring at my computer and going "WHATS THAT." And this is History, so its not like its a fanboys class or club. I reallllllllly think this iPad is gonna shape much of the way people use netbooks for college. I'd love to have one of these. Noticing that it will have the option for Pages, I can now just type my notes on a super thin pad instead of bringing my beloved MacBook Pro. Yea, their isn't a whole operating system, but honestly, I don't need a whole operating system for college. Plus, wait till next year. They always sell you on their products so people rush to them, then the next year they drastically change with some super amazing feature they sure as hell could have put in their previous product lol. BTW, I'm sorry for you people who live in South Dakota. Sucks you can't get AT&T 3G over there, but at least you can invest in the cheaper iPad haha, right?
127. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)
fix: I used their instead of there in "Yea, their isn't a whole operating system..." SO DON'T JUDGE ME, I KNOW I MESSED UP :]
10. InstinctDemon (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Nov 2009)
A giant iTouch, that comes with AT&T's incredible 3G Network, and it doesn't multitask! looks nice, but really? c'mon on some of us weren't born yesterday.. thanks, but no thanks. I'll just stick to my netbook which can multitask, has wiFi with its 160GB disk space with 1 GHZ of RAM for under $300.00
128. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)
Haha, just wait, you'll see everyone with one of these and you'll want one. It'll probably have multitasking in a update, kinda like what this whole iPhone 4.0 gibberish is starting to rumor as. Plus the data plan for the iPad is cheaper than a netbooks plan.
11. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)
This was a rather anti-climactic (blame the media) event. Lack of phone functionality, multi-tasking, GPS location based services, and 3G outside of AT&T (here in the US) makes it a much more niche device than it really had to be. The claim that all iPhone apps will work natively out of the box is a stretch at best without GPS (for some apps) and screen size/pixel dimensions (on other apps). Was I hoping for an iPhone Plus (haha Palm reference) on the VZW network? Yeah, I'll admit to it. Was I hoping that the iSlate (dislike the iPad name, cue menstrual jokes on late night TV) was closer to the iPhone than the iTouch? Yeah, I'll admit to it to. In the end, it's an impressive piece of technology, but I'm not sure I agree with Mr. Jobs on it being all that it could be and then some.
47. n0gar2 (Posts: 71; Member since: 19 Oct 2009)
Why would you want something that big to be a phone? It's a computer, not a phone!
92. dave412_4 (Posts: 11; Member since: 07 Dec 2009)
its not a computer either. I would call it a faster oversized ipod-touch
106. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)
A bluetooth headset to handle the call aspect while your iPad (**shudder at the name**) is anywhere in the room would have been a pretty revolutionary idea. Like a cordless phone meets cell phone radio.
14. blacklunis (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Oct 2009)
I love the fact that all of the att haters are wondering what happend today. Apple is giving no love to vzw because all the neg ad's that vzw was pointing at the coverage and the iphone. The droid does ad's didn't help vzw's cause either. Verizon has the most customers so why are they coming after att? And they expect apple to back them. PLEASE!
16. bartoolz (Posts: 7; Member since: 23 Apr 2009)
FYI... the coverage ads, were directed at AT&T, not Apple. The Droid Does ad's did help vzw's cause two-fold... 1) just look at the Droid sales and 2) well, Droid Does :) Especially multitasking. How can you create "a magical device" - Steve jobs, to compete with Netbooks, and not have expandable memory for one and multitasking for two!! Come on now :( Oh, and charge up to $830 for it?!?!?!
32. deago78 (Posts: 159; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Hmm...how about the holiday add involving the iPhone look alike being in the Island of Misfit toys? Despite the reference to reception being the issue, you cannot put a clear negative iPhone reference in ads and expect Apple to laugh it off. They most likely have burned their bridges. Unfortunately they cannot stop trying to counter the iPhone with negative ads until they get the iPhone which they cannot do unless they stop running negative ads to counter it. its quite the vicious cycle.
38. blacklunis (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Oct 2009)
thats case and point. They took jabs at apple in most of early neg ads. Not smart if they want the phone that is hurting them the most. Hail to the Globe!
66. dandirk (unregistered)
OK folks... you think apple would not expand their business because of some stupid ads? Apple knocks microsoft all the time, yet who gave them tons of money when they weren't doing so well financially? Apple is no stranger to attack adds, they know business is business especially in marketing. Companies don't care about their "feelings", they care about money. Apple is unique in that Apple actually cares more about how THEY want to do things, not their customers, their vendors or whom ever else. I would be willing to bet Apple is happy with their sales with AT&T and even more happy with the fact AT&T will do ANYTHING to keep their agreement. To Apple power is greater then money. There is nothing wrong with that, at least they are standing up for what they believe in vs other companies that would sell their souls along with their customers. I would not be surprised if talks with Verizon weren't going as well as Apple thought, they couldn't get a majority of data fees or something. It also wouldn't surprise me if Verizon had some insane demands as well, though recently Verizon seems to be less hell bent on locking phones down to sell "their" gps/music services. I am sure Apple devices will come to other providers but it seems like both Apple and Verizon went to the table thinking they had the other over their knee.
15. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)
Come to think of it ... for AT&T's Network's sake ... I'm glad it doesn't multi-task. lol
17. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
Looks like a pretty neat toy... but I'm not sure what it's used for? The iPod replaced my walkman and the iPhone can replace my old cell phone, so what's this replace? It's not powerful enough to be a laptop or a gaming system replacement and it's too expensive to be a netbook replacement. Is it just supposed to replace stuff around the house, like books or my TV? I'm sure people will buy a ton of these, but I wonder how many will end up on eBay 4 months later when the novelty wears off...
18. lookitdisguy (Posts: 32; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
I was just hoping it wouldnt really end up looking like just a big Ipod/Iphone like alot of people predicted... I guess they couldnt come up with any better designs... and no multi task? there is no excuse for that at all. That issue should have been fixed by now.
22. trentsinmypants (Posts: 315; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)
keep in mind, Apple is known for doing something like this. They do it so that next year they can re-release the SAME device with one new feature and people jump on it. Look at the 2G to 3G and then to the 3Gs.....
48. n0gar2 (Posts: 71; Member since: 19 Oct 2009)
I guess like the Storm 2 or the Env3? If it were on VZW, you would put the BS spin on it.
81. trentsinmypants (Posts: 315; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)
NEWS FLASH!!! I WORK FOR VZW AND HAVE AN IPHONE!!! Nice try at a smartass comment N0gar2......
86. n0gar2 (Posts: 71; Member since: 19 Oct 2009)
News Flash!! You're full of shit! You are just another VZW ass kissing employee looking for a cum up. You might get it if your lips are bigger as VZW loves ass kissers. That hate people who give alternative ideas. If you are not a yes man, then you are "trouble."
20. trentsinmypants (Posts: 315; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)
to quote a friend of mine: "The new iPad from Apple? Seriously? Sounds umm...feminine" Does the iPad come with or without wings?
24. Dddroid (Posts: 9; Member since: 30 Dec 2009)
Haha what a fail...no multitasking...no calls, no camera... Is that all you got apple?