Apple launches iPad tablet

Written by Joe Martin

January 28, 2010 // 10:41 a.m.

Tags: #apple #apple-launches-ipad-tablet #ipad #iphone #ipod #just-a-big-ipod-touch #mac #steve-jobs #tablet

Apple has launched a new tablet system, called the iPad. You might have noticed, what with it already being labelled one of the most highly anticipated pieces of technology out there by lots of people who've been caught up in the hype.

Rather than boring you with our own opinions on the iPad, we'll keep things simple and just post the essential details first and let you all discuss it in the forums.

Apple iPad
  • Apple A4 1GHz chipset
  • 9.7in LED backlit 1024 x 768 pixel, multi-touch capacitive display, oleophobic coating
  • Optional 3G
  • 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, GPS
  • 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities
  • "Up to" 10 hours battery life, one month on standby
  • Accelerometer, digital compass, speaker, mic, dock connector, 3.5mm jack
  • 242.8 x 189.7 x 13.4mm
  • 680g (WiFi) or 730g (WiFi and 3G)
UK pricing for the iPad hasn't yet been announced, but the base 16GB unit without WiFi is set to go on sale in the US for $499 USD (£310 GBP). The 32GB and 64GB versions cost $599 and $699 respectively, with 3G connectivity a $130 extra, creating a top price of $829 USD (£512 GBP) without a contract. Those prices will probably be inflated for the UK markets though, making a direct conversion of dollar to sterling little more than a guideline.

3G contracts will be available on AT&T in the US, with $14.99 for 250MB and $29.99 for unlimited data per month as the only options - with the prices much irking current iPhone users.

The iPad itself doesn't come with much in the way of accessories, so expect a keyboard dock, carry case, SD card reader and mains adapter to cost extra. The iPad doesn't have a USB, HDMI or Ethernet port, the battery is un-removable and the iPad still doesn't support Adobe Flash. The resolution is clamped at 1024x768, which isn't video-widescreen friendly and there's no built in camera.

Other big issues for users will be the only token codec support (AAC and MP3) and the fact the eBook's Apple have announced all use a proprietary iBook format. The software still doesn't support multi-tasking either, though it will support most iPhone games and software will be organised on an App basis - making the iPad more of a built-up iPod Touch than a streamline Mac.

Our opinion? iPad = iMeh. Let us know your thoughts in the forums, where discussion is already rife.
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