The speculation can finally end, the Apple Tablet shall now be known as the iPad.

Steve Jobs took to the stage today at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco to announce Apple’s long-rumored tablet, the iPad.  Measuring 9.7-inches, the device first strikes you as just a giant iPod Touch, but it appears to be a whole lot more than that.

With the benefit of a much larger screen, the iPad will be able to run nearly all of the current 140,000 iPhone/iPod Touch applications, but development is already underway for iPad specific apps that will take full advantage of its 1GHz Apple A4 chip and 1024 x 768 screen.  Gaming seems to be the major focus from the comments made today at the event, and considering the success that category has already seen on the smaller devices, isn’t terribly surprising.

While the iPod Touch has been all about entertainment, the iPad will be able to run a specialized version of iWork. (presumably sold separately, but not stated at the event)  This will allow you to work on spreadsheets, word processing and presentations from the device, with syncing presumably happening via the iTunes connection.

If you’re going to be working on documents, do you really want to do all of this on a virtual keyboard?  Probably not, so luckily Apple will be releasing a physical keyboard dock that will place the iPad in a vertical orientation and essentially turn it into a laptop.  Sure it isn’t going to have all the programs of a laptop, but with the number of apps available, it will be darn close.  No price for this peripheral has been announced as of yet.

None of this is to say that the iPad is going to be all about work, it is going to play videos, music, movies and will also introduce the new iBook application.  What iTunes has done for music, the iBook store could do for books as Apple has made deals with Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Hachette Book Group.

The actual specs of the device are fairly nice, and show it to be much more than just an over-sized iPod Touch.

  • Memory capacities of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • 1GHz Apple A4 chip
  • .5-inches thick
  • 1.5 lbs
  • 9.7-inch screen
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Speaker & microphone
  • Accelerometer & compass
  • 10 hour battery life, one month standby
  • 3G connectivity for $30 a month via AT&T without contract.

The price was the factor holding people back, and while rumors had pegged this at around $1000, Mr. Jobs used that as a point to announce the pricing we would see in 60 days when this launches, and 90 days for the 3G versions.

16GB

32GB

64GB

Wi-Fi

$499

$599

$699

WiFi + 3G

$629

$729

$829

Categories: Apple, Gadgets   
 

2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Linette
    October 21st, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    Hi, constantly i used to check weblog posts here in the early hours in the break of day, as i love to find out more and more.

  2. Darrel
    June 24th, 2015 at 7:23 am #

    Now I am going away to do my breakfast, when having my breakfast coming over again to read other news.

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