Apple announces the iPad tablet

Apple announces the iPad tablet
Some rumors got confirmed today, others didn’t, however what matters is that we finally got what we wanted, from the first Apple tablet speculation until today. Apple finally unveiled the iPad. A 9.7-inch tablet that will proudly fill the gap between the iPhone and the Mac. Or will it? It depends on your specific needs. The greatest disappointment for us is that the iPad will NOT be able to act as a phone. Although there will be 3G models (850/1900/2100MHz for AT&T and Europe but no T-Mobile US) to allow you real mobile experience, phone functionality will not be supported. Period. Yes, you can break down in tears now.

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.



There will also be some nice accessories for the Apple tablet. In short, you can get a dock, a keyboard dock and a case. We feel the first and the third one will be the most popular.

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


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128 Comments

1. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

looks like a giant phone...its probably pretty nice, but not worth the price gaurenteed

7. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 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: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 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: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 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: Feb 08, 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: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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: Dec 11, 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: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 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: Jul 15, 2009

4. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

What happened to VZW?

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: Oct 28, 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: Jul 15, 2009

VERIZON SHOULD OF THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT SAYING "THEIR'S A MAP FOR THAT" LOL

70. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

maybe you should have thought twice about how to properly use there/their

100. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 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: Jan 10, 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: 80; Member since: Nov 25, 2009

DON'T ANYONE TALK TO ME! I'm in mourning over no VZW iPhone news. rrrrrrrrrrrrr.

6. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 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: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 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...!!!!

21. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

not really. im not really a fan of apple.

28. deago78

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 08, 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: Dec 11, 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: Nov 10, 2009

gots something to do with all they droid attack ads

44. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 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: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 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: Dec 11, 2008

Yea well this whole thread and comments aren't related to you and you only.

56. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

VERIZON SHOULD OF THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT SAYING "THEIR'S A MAP FOR THAT" LOL

60. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

+1 Me Harty

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