Apple iPad “The Best Gadget Ever Made”

Jan 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Apple iPad

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today introduced the Apple iPad – a new multimedia pad that promises to carve out a new category for mobile computing.

“This is best gadget ever made,” says early user Jason Calacanis,  “and NOT overhyped.” *

It’s conceptually a large iPod touch – but it’s really a new operating system, optimized for both the larger hardware and the types of tasks your likely to want to do on the iPad.

Apple demonstrated typical Internet tasks, including Web surfing, email and more, and also introduced versions of its iWork apps for the iPad.

Versions will be available with and without 3G wireless networking, and a $30/month unlimited 3G plan will be available from AT&T. It will be unlocked, though, so it can be used with other wireless vendors.

Apple also introduced a new section for the iTunes store, iBookStore, which will sell iPad-formatted ebooks.

Apple iPad Features:

  • 9.7″ Full capacitive multitouch screen
  • .5″ thick
  • 1 GHz Apple A4 processor
  • 16GB-GB Flash storage
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • WiFi 802.11n
  • Built-in speaker, microphone, 30-pin connectors
  • Accelerometer
  • Compass
  • 10 hour battery life in use
  • Runs all iPhone apps
  • 3G wireless options, with a $30/month unlimited plan

Pricing:

  • Wifi models
    • 16GB – $499
    • 32GB – $599
    • 64GB -$699
  • 3G models
    • 16GB – $629
    • 32GB – $729
    • 64GB -$829

Apple plans to ship the iPad in 60 days, with the 3G models shipping in 90 days.

In addition, Apple released the SDK for the Apple iPad today. Apple did not make any announcements regarding new tools for developing media for the iPad.

Here’s Apple’s press release for the iPad:

Apple today introduced iPad, a revolutionary device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books and much more. iPad’s responsive high-resolution Multi-Touch™ display lets users physically interact with applications and content. iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds- thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook. iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for the iPad, and will run almost all of the over 140,000 apps in the App Store. iPad will be available in late March starting at the breakthrough price of just $499.

“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

iPad features 12 next-generation Multi-Touch applications. Every app works in both portrait and landscape, automatically animating between views as the user rotates iPad in any direction. The precise Multi-Touch interface makes surfing the web on iPad an entirely new experience, dramatically more interactive and intimate than on a computer. Reading and sending email is fun and easy on iPad’s large screen and almost full-size “soft” keyboard. Import photos from a Mac, PC or digital camera, see them organized as albums, and enjoy and share them using iPad’s elegant slideshows. Watch movies, TV shows and YouTube, all in HD or flip through pages of an e-book you downloaded from Apple’s new iBookstore while listening to your music collection.

iPad runs almost all of the over 140,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone or iPod touch. The iTunes Store gives you access to the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store with a catalog of over 11 million songs, over 50,000 TV episodes and over 8,000 films including over 2,000 in stunning high definition video. Apple also announced the new iBooks app for iPad, which includes Apple’s new iBookstore, the best way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile device. The iBookstore will feature books from major and independent publishers.

Apple also introduced a new version of iWork® for iPad, the first desktop-class productivity suite designed specifically for Multi-Touch. With Pages®, Keynote® and Numbers® you can create beautifully formatted documents, stunning presentations with animations and transitions, and spreadsheets with charts, functions and formulas. The three apps will be available separately through the App Store for $9.99 each.

iPad syncs with iTunes just like the iPhone and iPod touch, using the standard Apple 30-pin to USB cable, so you can sync all of your contacts, photos, music, movies, TV shows, applications and more from your Mac or PC. All the apps and content you download on iPad from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore will be automatically synced to your iTunes library the next time you connect with your computer.

iPad’s brilliant 9.7-inch, LED-backlit display features IPS technology to deliver crisp, clear images and consistent color with an ultra-wide 178 degree viewing angle. The highly precise, capacitive Multi-Touch display is amazingly accurate and responsive whether scrolling web pages or playing games. The intelligent soft keyboard pioneered on iPhone takes advantage of iPad’s larger display to offer an almost full-size soft keyboard. iPad also connects to the new iPad Keyboard Dock with a full-size traditional keyboard.

iPad is powered by A4, Apple’s next-generation system-on-a-chip. Designed by Apple, the new A4 chip provides exceptional processor and graphics performance along with long battery life of up to 10 hours.* Apple’s advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology deliver up to 1,000 charge cycles without a significant decrease in battery capacity over a typical five year lifespan.**

iPad comes in two versions-one with Wi-Fi and the other with both Wi-Fi and 3G. iPad includes the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi, and the 3G versions support speeds up to 7.2 Mbps on HSDPA networks. Apple and AT&T announced breakthrough 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad with easy, on-device activation and management.

Continuing Apple’s dedication to designing and creating environmentally responsible products, each iPad enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy-efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. iPad contains no brominated flame retardants and is completely PVC-free.

Apple today released a new Software Development Kit (SDK) for iPad, so developers can create amazing new applications designed to take advantage of iPad’s capabilities. The SDK includes a simulator that lets developers test and debug their iPad apps on a Mac, and also lets developers create Universal Applications that run on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Pricing & Availability

iPad will be available in late March worldwide for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + 3G models of iPad will be available in April in the US and selected countries for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. International pricing and worldwide availability will be announced at a later date. iBookstore will be available in the US at launch.

*Apple tested wireless battery life by browsing web pages and receiving email over an AirPort network, never letting the system go to sleep during the test, and keeping the display at half brightness. This is a typical scenario of use on the go, resulting in a battery performance number that is very relevant to mobile users.

**A properly maintained iPad battery is designed to retain 80 percent or more of its original capacity during a lifespan of up to 1,000 recharge cycles. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings.

*Note: Jason Calacanis was actually hyping the iPad.

via engadget, Apple, Jason Calacanis

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No Responses to “Apple iPad “The Best Gadget Ever Made””

  1. JMCampbell says:

    It may be “the best gadget ever made” but it’s still just that a gadget. Too big to be easily portable. No camera. Still no external keyboard or even an add-on. (which is the killer for me)

    A pretty gadget that I wouldn’t mind owning, but I’ll settle for my laptop and an aircard, though it would be nice if I could get an unlimited aircard for only $30 a month.

    • arjun says:

      They actually announced an optional keyboard for this, too. It’ll probably be $70-80.

      It looks pretty sweet to me.

      What about publishing your own stuff for it, though?

    • elwin says:

      Looks good to me. Why no built-in camera, though, like on the laptops? Looks like they just want to have something to differentiate the laptops.

      Oh – and they did announce a keyboard for this, too.

      • JMCampbell says:

        I found out about the keyboard after posting that. I thought it was just a stand to make it easier to type on the screen.

        I’ll really have to consider replacing the tablet PC with one. Though now I’m hearing no flash. So point back in favour of the tablet PC. maybe when they release iPad v.2.

  2. Clinton says:

    I’d hardly call it the best gadget ever made. It’s really just a very large iPod/iPhone. Nothing groundbreaking here. Lack of a camera, no support of Flash and the fact that “full screen” playback is not 16:9 seem to be major flaws. It doesn’t replace your cell phone or your laptop/netbook, And reading a book on it will still be a pain since it is not e-ink, so it may not replace your Kindle. It appears even Steve could not find a use for the “tablet” category.

  3. jax says:

    The iPad hardware and software look fantastic. This makes the Kindle obsolete, along with GPS devices, netbooks and a bunch of other dedicated devices.

    What’s missing is tools for building content for the iPad. If they’re going to have iBooks, we need a Quark XPress for iBooks.

    I can imagine that a lot of people would want to deliver magazine-type publications as podcasts to the iPad, too. This isn’t going to happen unless there’s an app that makes this easy to do.

  4. georg says:

    I was disappointed, too, by the complete focus on this as consumer device.

    It does look like it will be a fantastic device for consuming media – but what about publishing media? The hands-on interface is awesome, so why can’t we use it to edit video or audio? Wouldn’t it be nice to do edit a podcast with your fingers instead of a mouse?

    I’m hopeful that there will be more announcements when this goes live in two months.

  5. voicer says:

    Impressive? Not so much. Replacement for my laptop? Nowhere near enough power. Make Kindle obsolete? That’s laughable. Yes, I have a Kindle, and I was hoping for a gamechanger. But speaking from experience, the Kindle and other e-ink devices still stand head and shoulders above this device’s capabilities as a book reader. Backlit screens are nasty for long-term reading.

    • Elliot says:

      The Kindle is dead, because it’s an inelegant solution for digital books.

      What happens when you want to do maps on your Kindle, or read email, surf the web, watch a movie, play a game, etc, etc, etc?

      Being a one-trick pony is nasty for long-term viability of gadgets.

      • voicer says:

        Sorry, but as I said, the pad doesn’t do it. Long-term, the Kindle is a one-trick pony, but it does the trick the pad can’t–provide a reading experience that doesn’t exhaust the eyes. When color e-ink hits the stands, only then can a pad device compete with the Kindle and other e-ink devices. Until then, I don’t need the maps, and I can read my e-mail and surf the web on said machine, plus the other toys I have still outshine the pad.

  6. Markus says:

    Well: – it’s a very nice platform in terms of tactility and looks
    it must just feel good to use which is one of the key winning points
    – apple is looking into the future with this since soon enough we won’t be needing high powered machines on us but will just connect through wireless to central processing units and a device like this is exactly what will prompt this sort of switch in thinking
    – about e-ink readers: yes for now they are better for long readings, however when oled becomes more affordable that point becomes mute

  7. Thomas Roman says:

    Keep in mind, all the iphone apps for publishing etc. will work on the iPad as well, I will surely get one, only downfall is flash… why no flash support? does anyone know why?

  8. Lab860 says:

    Is the backlit screen the only argument, how many of us sit behind a non back lit monitor for hours on end? I’d like to hear about a real reason why a kindle is better than an ipad. Remember, apple products are not only useful but very stylish and VERY well built, you have people that buy Toyota because it’s just a car and you have people that buy Mercedes because it’s their style of choice AND they can afford it. Personal preference people, free will.

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  10. barinderjeet says:

    what material does the ipad made from???????????????

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