So the bigApple event is finally over! The rumors were spot on, with Apple launching the iPad. The Apple iPad is a touch screen tablet based device, as the rumors suggested. The device is only 0.5 inches thick, and has a 9.7 inch multi-touch IPS panel LED screen.The resolution of the screen is 1024*768 at 132 pixels per inch. Rumors suggested that Apple will be naming the device either iSlate/iTablet or the iPad, and in the end iPadwon.
The iPad uses a 1Ghz A4 Processor, which has been made by Apple itself. The iPad has all the usual sensors found in most of the devices today like the Compass, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer etcetera. The iPad also has Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, along with Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n). There is also going to be a WiFi + 3G model of the iPad. The iPad also has built-in speakers along with microphone and 3.5mm audio jack. It will also have TV-Out along with support for multiple languages.
The iPad will only be having a 30 pin connector to sync it via USB to a Mac computer. The device will not have USB ports, SD Card reader or an inbuilt camera. The iPad can be synced using iTunes, just like iPod Touch/iPhone. The battery life of the iPad is quite impressive at 10hours, with the standby time being a whooping 30days. The iPad will be available in storage capacities of 16Gb, 32Gb and 64Gb. The price of the base model of the iPad is 499$, while the 32Gb model costs 599$. Users need to shell out another 130$ for the 3G Wi-Fi model.
The iPad runs on a new OS which is more of an advanced version of the iPhone OS. The UI of the OS is quite different from that of the iPhone OS or Snow Leopard. All the existing and future applications on the app store will work like a charm on the iPad. Apple also released a new SDK today with special tools for the iPad. Steve Jobs also announced a new version of the iWork, developed specifically for the iPad. The new version of the iWork was under development for more than a year.
Apple also launched a new store called the iBook Store. The iBook store along with the iBook application, makes for a perfect ebook reader. The Amazon Kindle has got some tough competition in the form of the iPad now. Looking at the specifications, features and pricing of the iPad, the device bridges the gap between Apple iPod Touch/iPhone and Macbook Pro line-up. The lack of USB ports here is a serious deal breaker. Apple this time though has priced the iPad at a very competitive price.
Overall, if the iPad does not have niggling issues most first generation of Apple products have, the iPad will be a terrific entertainment device. The Wi-Fi models of the iPad will start shipping from late March, while the 3G models will ship from the month of April.
Here is a link to the official website of the iPad.