Apple Launches iPad in the US Starting at $499
Well the wait is over and after much anticipation the rumours of a forthcoming tablet from Apple have turned out to be true. Apple has announced their latest creation Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the Apple iPad.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You can hold the Internet in your hands.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more intimate than laptop and more capable than a smartphone,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, as he unveils the new tablet while sitting on a couch set on stage. And as for netbooks, Jobs says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Netbooks arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t better than anything, not better than a laptop just cheaper.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The iPad looks like a giant iPhone, but thinner. The screen is 9.7Ã¢â‚¬Â³ IPS diagonal, designed to be used in any orientation. Jobs says that the pop-up keyboard is almost life-sized. The iPad is only 1/2Ã¢â‚¬Â³ thick and weighs 1.5 lbs, and lighter than any net book. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s powered by AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own 1 GHz Apple A4 chip and will be available with 16, 32 or 64GB of solid state storage.
And like the iPhone, it has a built-in accelerometer, compass and fully supports multi-touch. It has 802.11n wi-fi as well as Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. And as expected, it does have a speaker, microphone and 30-pin connector. Sadly it does not have a built-in camera.
An optional accessories include both a dock and a keyboard dock.
The larger screen now makes the iPad ideal for reading e-books, which users will be able to download from AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new iBookstore, using the new iBook e-reader app.
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