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iPad Details and Specifications – All You Want To Know About the Apple Tablet

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. apple-tablet-keynote_190

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.

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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.

Live Coverage of Apple Event

Its here! Its finally here! The Apple event is finally going to begin in less than half an hour now. All the gadget freaks must be eagerly awaiting the launch of a new revolutionaryproduct from Apple. In the past, all the products from Apple have changed the whole technology industry. Even after 3 years of the launch of iPhone, all the major phone companies have been unable to come up with an iPhone killer. The rumors suggest Apple launching a tablet based touch screen device. The Apple iTablet device has been hogging all the limelight in all the popular tech blogs for nearly the whole of the month of January. Looking at the leaked screenshots of the iPad/iTablet, iPhone OS 4.0, everyone can be sure that Apple won’t be letting us down today.

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Readers can read our article on the round-up of all the rumors around the Apple iTablet/iPad. It will be interesting to see whether all these rumors turn out to be true or not. Earlier today, we posted pictures of the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, where the Apple event will be held. Things looked calm in the morning, but by now there must be a huge hurdle of news reporters outside the Center. The effect of the event can already be seen on Twitter. 4 out of the top 10 trends in Twitter this morning were regarding the Apple event only. Twitter is also working slow right now, so the impact of the event can be clearly felt now.

Techie-Buzz will be covering the event live, so readers can check back this post for live updates about the event.

Live Updates -:

9:58 AM: The event will start is just a couple of minutes now.10:00 AM: The event has started!

10:01 AM: Steve Jobs enters *applauds*

10:10 AM: Steve Jobs wishes everyone a good morning and gives a small introduction about Apple and its background.

10:11 AM: Ladies and gentlemen! The rumors have turned out to be true! It is the iPad! A touchscreen tablet based device for browsing the web on the go.

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10:12 AM: Steve Jobs now explaining all the features of the iPad one by one.

10:20 AM: The homescreen of the iPad can be extensively customized. Steve says that typing emails thanks to the large on-screen keyboard is an awesome experience. It’s a dream to type on.Steve Jobs.

10:30 AM: The UI of the iPad is quite different from that of the iPhone and OS X. It features a 9.7inch IPS display. There is a Two-pane view for Email, along with Photo Scrubber bar with Fast, Smooth Transitions

10:35AM: The iPad runs on a custom Apple 1Ghz A4 Chip. It features all the usual Compass, Accelerometer sensors. Also onboard is 802.11n Wi-Fi chipset. The device has got a staggering battery life of 10 hours and a standby battery life of 30 days!

10:40 AM: Steve demoed few games on the iPad. They looked beautiful, but were a bit sluggish. The developers only got 2 weeks of time to create something for the iPad so I guess the game is still not polished. Also there is a native newspaper reading app which captures the essence of a newspaper, but it’s so much more.There is also inline video clips for Newspaper applications.

10:45 AM: Steve now demonstrating an art browser and painting application for the iPad named Brushes.

10:47 AM: Now Steve is demonstrating Need For Shift for the iPad by Electronic Arts.

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10:48 AM: The game is both touch and motion controlled. Users need to tap the mirror on the screen to look behind.

10:50 AM: The Amazon Kindle has some competition here. Steve introduces a new application for the iPad called iBooks. There is also an online book store to go along with it. Users can directly purchase ebooks from the iBook store, and start reading them on your iPad.

10:56 AM: Steve demos the iBook store along with the iBook application. Tap left or right to change pages or just drag the page. Neat! There is also an iWorkfor the iPad. Good Job Steve!

10:59 AM: The whole of the UI of iWork has been reworked for the iPad. Steve is now demoing iWork for the iPad. First up is Keynote.

11:01 AM: Phill shows off a demo of how Keynote works on the iPad version of the iWork.

11:03 AM: Oops! Apple stock value is down by nearly 2%.

11:04 AM: Phill is now showing Numbers on the iWork by doing some typical speard sheet tasks.

11:06 AM: So what are we going to charge for applications like this? We’re gong to charge just $9.99 each.9.99$ for keynotes, Numbers etcetera.

11:08 AM: Steve’s back! The iPad syncs over USB just like an iPod Touch/iPhone via iTunes. Here sync includes everything from your Music, Movies, Photos to Calendar and Applications.

11:10 AM: There will be few models of the iPad with 3G modems built-in.

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11:15AM: 14.99$ per month with a data limit of up to 250MB is great for casual use. There is also an unlimited plan for 29.99$. AT&T is again the network provider here. AT&T is also providing access to free Wi-Fi hotspots. Good move here considering the poor 3G network of AT&T.

11:17 AM: Steve then gives a small review of the iPad and gives a quick rundown of all its features. Then he announces the pricing of the iPad. The prices of the iPad starts from only 499$ for the base model with 16GB on board storage. The 32Gb will set you back by another 100$. The 3G models cost an additional 130$.

11:20 AM: There are some accessories for the iPad as well. First up is a Keyboard Dockaccessory. The size of the keyboard is roughly the same as that of a Laptop.

11:25 AM: A video being shown of the iPad. Pretty impressive I must say!

11:27 AM: There is only a 30 pin connector on the iPad. No USB port, no SD card slot, no Camera. Disappointing!

11:31 AM: Time for a another video We think we’ve got the goods. We think we’ve done it. Another thing we’re excited about is that there’s already 75m people who know how to use this because of how many iPhones and iPod touches we’ve shipped.

11:33 AM: This is a magical device, at a breakthrough price. We’ve always tried to be at the intersection of technology and liberal arts — we want to make the best tech, but have them be intuitive. It’s the combination of these two things that have let us make the iPad.

11:34 AM: Apple’s the one place we can do this: we built battery tech, chip tech, software — we bring all those things together in a way no one else can do.As the video ends, Steve comes back on stage.

11:36 AM: The official site for iPad is now up! There are also some videos of the iPad on the site. Check it out!

That’s it folks! The event has ended.

Apple iPad/iTablet Rumors Roundup

The Apple Come See Our Latest Creationevent is drawing close. Less than 24 hours are left for the event to start. The rumors of Apple launching a major device, has already been confirmed by Steve Jobs himself. If rumors are to be believed the major device is the iSlate or the iPad or whatever Apple decides to call it in the end. The whole month of January was buzzing with rumors of the iSlate/iPad/iTablet from Apple. Even with so many rumors and leaks, the name of the device has still not been confirmed. Kudos to Apple, who have successfully managed to keep the wraps on the hottest topic of the Internet right now.

Readers might not have forgotten what happened to Google Nexus One? Before the Nexus One event, Google miserably failed to keep the Nexus One under wraps and nearly all the information about the device got leaked. Thus, the event from Google turned out to be nothing more than a boringand official announcement of the Nexus One from Google.

Here we try to look at the obvious questions about the iSlate/iTablet and see what we can infer from the rumors.

What would be its dimensions? What would it look like?

Rumors and leaked pictures of the iPad/iTablet suggest that the device will be quite thin and portable. The device will have a screen size of 10 inches with the touch panels being supplied by Innolux. The leaked pictures of the device show a sleek looking device made of Aluminum, which is trademark Apple style now.

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The above picture was posted on TechCrunch, by Curtnis, who said he got hold of the pictures from his friend who works for Apple. Earlier today, we posted a leaked commercial of the iTablet as well.

What would be its specifications? What Would It Run?

Earlier the rumors suggested that the Apple iPad/iTablet will be using the popular Intel Atom processor. Soon another rumor popped up that the iPad/iTablet will be using processors manufactured by P A Semi. Apple had acquired P A Semi 2 years ago. Then again a leaked image stated that the Apple iPad/iTablet will be using a 2.26Ghz low voltage Intel Core 2 Duo Processor.

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Whatever the rumors suggest, I can conclude that Apple won’t be using the Intel atom processor in their iTablet device. The Intel Atom processor is too weak for multi-tasking. Apple definitely won’t be equipping their iTablet with underpowered hardware.

Like the hardware, what the iTablet will run on is also not known. Rumors either a lighter version of OS X or a new version of the iPhone OS (v4.0). We had earlier posted some leaked screenshots of the iPhone OS v4.0 here.

What will be its primary target? What will it be priced at?

The size of the iTablet along with its features, gives me a feeling that the device will be primarily targeted towards entertainment. Browsing the web, watching pictures, movies is what the iTablet is supposedly going to excel at. Also since its a so called tabletdevice, taking notes on the go must not be too troublesome either.

The iTablet like all other Apple devices, will of course come at a premium. Rumors suggest that the iTablet can be priced at a range of 600-1000$. My estimation is that the device will be priced within a range of 800$ to 1200$.

Less than 24 hours are left for the Apple event to begin. It will be interesting to see whether Apple launches a iPad/iTablet kind of device or not. They might just launch a new iPhone 4G and announce the new OS 4.0 for iPhone. You never know!

Apple Tablet Leaked Screenshot and Videos

The Apple event is drawing closer and with it, the rumors surrounding the possible launch of the “iPad”. Apple is supposedly going to launch a touch screen based tablet device at the event, which is being held tomorrow in San Francisco. The touchscreen based tablet device was earlier known as the “iSlate”, but is now being referred to as the “iPad”.

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Now fueling the rumors of the iPad, before the event are some leaked pictures of the iPad/iSlate/iWhatever. TechCrunch somehow have managed to get their hands on a couple of nice pictures of the upcoming device. Dustim Curtnis , the UI designer, uploaded these pictures on his posterous. He received these pictures from his friend who is working at Apple. From the picture, it seems that the iPad is more of an entertainment device. The size of the device gives me a feeling that the primary use of the device shall be browsing the web and watching movies. The device is also believed to be running the iPhone OS 4.0, and not Snow Leopard. We had earlier posted some leaked screenshots of the iPhone OS 4.0 as well.

A 36 second commercial of the iPad has also been leaked on Youtube. The video can be a fake one though. The commercial states that the iPad has supposedly been under development since the last 10 years. It also states the iPad will bring a “Revolution in personal computing”.

Here is the video of the commercial –

Nokia To One Up Apple With New Phone/Tablet on January 26th?

Nokia has been having lot of troubles with Apple, with lawsuits flying thick and fast between both these competitors. At today’s Nokia event, where the new free turn-by-turn navigation was announced for Ovi Maps (coming next week for Nokia N97), Nokia’s UK boss Mark Loughran confirmed to Pocket-lint about the introduction of a new device on January 26th.

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Not much detail about the device was revealed though, since Nokia’s PR staff had to jump in to stop Loughran from revealing the juicy bits. However, the new device should definitely be a touchscreen phone or tablet which could rival the Apple Tablet that is to be announced at the Apple Event on January 27th.

Considering that Apple never disappoints users, it will be a huge task for Nokia to produce a dream device which can help them one-up Apple. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see the battle get out of the courts, after all it gets the consumers excited and more choices.

What will the device be? We will try and make sure to be the first to let you know. Don’t forget to subscribe to our feeds to catch up all the news.

Apple Tablet: Face Recognition & More Features Revealed

The much-hyped Apple Tablet, rumored to be announced soon, looks even more tempting after a few more features were revealed in a recent Wall Street Journal article. According to the article, Apple envisions the tablet to be shared by multiple family members rather than being a personal thing. The tablet may also be able to recognize different users via the built-in web cam. Reportedly, users will also be able to leave virtual sticky notes on the tablet and use a virtual keyboard for text input.

Apple’s tablet is also speculated to be geared towards reading newspapers, textbooks and even watching television on the device. For this purpose, Apple has been in talks with a number of newspaper publications and television networks such as CBS. According to sources, Apple may launch a subscription service for users to watch on-demand shows on their tablet. These details support Apple’s growing role of being the content middleman for everything digital ranging from music and news to television shows.

Another, much talked about news from Apple is the launch of a cloud-based iTunes store where users could buy songs without using the traditional software. Apple’s recent acquisition of Lala.com is a strong indication of a move in this direction. Based on other sources, Apple and Microsoft may partner up to make Bing the default search engine for all Apple devices including the Tablet.

Apple iPhone OS 4.0 to Get Multitasking – Screenshot Leaked

Earlier, we reported that Apple is going to host a major event on January 27. Initially, we had speculated that Apple will be announcing the highly anticipated Apple Tablet during this event. However, it appears that the Tablet is not all that Apple has in mind. Apple may also utilize this event to unveil the next generation iPhone OS.

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Very little is known about the upcoming Operating System (OS) update. However, BoyGeniusReport has managed to get a rough idea about the planned improvements. According to their source, the highlights of iPhone OS v4 will be:

  • Multitasking: iPhone has the largest application market, which features some truly mind-blowing apps. However, the lack of multitasking in iPhone has been a major annoyance for both users and developers. The news that iPhone v4 will support multiple ways to run apps in the background is enough to get excited about the next gen iPhone.
  • Multi-Touch: The OS update will also introduce system wide support for multi-touch gestures.
  • Enhanced Intuitiveness: iPhone is already extremely intuitive and is quite possibly the most well designed mobile OS. IPhone OS v4 will take this to the next level by introducing further user interface (UI) refinements.
  • Upgradability: The OS update will be available for iPhone 3G and 3GS.
  • Syncing: The new version will introduce some new form of syncing for contacts and calendar applications.

BGR’s source also seems to suggest that the rumored Apple Tablet (iSlate) is going to be called iTablet after all. The iPhone OS is expected to be the base for Apple Tablet. Hence, it makes sense for Apple to announce both simultaneously.

As we inch closer to January 27, the rumors will start coming thicker and faster. It will be interesting to note which ones come true and which ones don’t. Keep following TechieBuzz to stay updated on all iPhone related news.

Apple To Launch A Touchscreen Based iMac!!?!?

It seems that Apple will be launching a 22iMac with touch screen sometime this year, a Chinese newspaper Commercial Times stated. Looks like the year 2010 will see the launch of many touchbased devices from Apple. Already rumors of Apple launching a touch-screen tablet based device at their upcoming event to be held on 26th Jan in San Francisco, is at its peak.

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The Chinese newspaper also stated that Apple has outsourced the production of the 22iMac with touchscreen to a company called Quanta, while the touchscreen panel will be supplied by a Taiwan based company called Sintek Photronic. Currently the iMac line-up has 2 models – one with a 21.5screen and the other one with a 27screen. Nothing can be taken for granted right now, as Apple has not officially confirmed anything. In fact, Apple has not even confirmed the Apple event to be held on 26th January, but Fox Times confirmed it, earlier this month. These rumors have definitely been helping Apple a lot as the prices of its shares have been rising with each passing day.

It will be interesting to see whether these rumors around touchbased gadgets from Apple turn out to be true, or not.

Apple Fights Back: Attempts to Ban All Nokia Imports in the US

Apple-Nokia-Patent-LawsuitThe patent squabble between Apple and Nokia just reached new heights. As expected, Apple has chosen to go on the offensive, while reacting to Nokia’s ITC (International Trade Commission) request to ban Apple device imports in the US. Apple has decided to file an embargo request of its own. Notice of Apple’s complaint was posted yesterday on ITC’s website

The dispute started when Nokia sued Apple for infringing its patents and demanded royalty for a bunch of technologies related to GSM, UMTS, and Wi-Fi. Later on, Nokia filed a more comprehensive complaint which covered various implementation details including camera sensors and touchscreens.

It would certainly interesting to see who eventually emerges as the winner. However, a typical ITC hearing (if granted), takes in excess of a year. So get a pack of popcorns and enjoy the ride.

Google, Apple & Microsoft Help Raise Funds For Haiti. You Can Contribute Too

Silicon Valley’s three biggest companies are in their own ways helping raise funds for the victims of the disastrous earth-quake that has resulted in massive destruction and countless lost lives in Haiti. The three companies are offering cash and in-kind donations, at the same time encouraging their users & employees to contribute. Details of the donations from three companies are:

Microsoft:

  • Announced $1.25M worth of cash and in-cash contribution.
  • Offered to match up with up to $12,000 donation per employee.
  • Key telecommunication infrastructure support is also being provided.
  • A link to How you can help Haitihas been added to the Bing homepage.

Google:

  • Google has announced a $1M donation for relief efforts.
  • They’ve setup a donation page to enable users & employees to contribute.
  • Link to the donation page has been added to Google.com

Apple:

Apple is using its widely used iTunes software to allow users make donations of fixed denominations using ‘Charity Gift Cards’. The process is similar to buying iTunes Gift Cards, you can make donations of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 & $500 from within iTunes using the credit card associated to your iTunes account.

Click here to open the iTunes donation screen (requires iTunes and will launch iTunes automatically.)

It is heart warming to see the Corporate Citizenshipof these companies by not just announcing donations respectively but also enabling their vast user base to help a noble cause. Our hearts go out to all affected by this tragedy. From everyone here at Techie-Buzz we pray and hope for the best.

iLid: Parody of Apple Products

While the world is waiting for the Apple Tablet and some even paying as much as $100,000 to get their hands on the iSlate, Andrew spent some time to create a Apple parody product called the "iLid".

The iLid is a original creation and has some nice graphics and visuals, wondering if we would ever see technology actually move into this vertical, however, enjoy it while you can.

The video was made using Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects and a green screen over the lid itself. The backing music was made in Garageband. Take a look at the video below to see what would a functional lid look and work like.

What do you think of the iLid?

Valleywag Paying up to $100,000 For Apple Tablet Information

Despite months of speculation and thousands of blog posts about the Apple Tablet, there are still no confirmed details or genuine photos available about the device. Everyone is adding their own bits to the information after being tipped by anonymous insiders, something which has just added to the confusion instead of putting up a clear picture.

Well, one blog has had enough about it. Valleywag, a popular blog, is willing to pay up to $100,000 if you can provide some solid material about the Apple tablet. Here’s how they will pay:

  • $10,000 for genuine pictures.
  • $20,000 for a video of the device.
  • $50,000 for pictures/videos of Steve Jobs holding one.
  • $100,000 if you can let Valleywag play with one for an hour.

The prizes, however, would not be paid until after Apple officially announces the tablet (rumored to be on 27th January 2010) and it is confirmed that the photos/videos are genuine. Valleywag promises to keep your information anonymous. If you have some authentic information, you can send it to [email protected].

One a side note, popular blogs like TechCrunch are speculating that Valleywag can get into some legal trouble over this scavenger hunt for Apple tablet since by offering an incentive, they are inducing a breach of the NDA that everybody with a tablet must have signed.

Did Apple Abandon Its Malware Blocker?

Apple-Snow-Leopard-Malware-BlockerBack in August ’09, Apple had quietly added a malware blocker to Mac OS X (Snow Leopard). However, some six months after the feature was first introduced, it seems to have been abandoned by Apple.

Apple hasn’t released definition updates for the malware blocker in months. Although, malware for Snow Leopard are few in number, Snow Leopard isn’t completely virus free (as some Mac advertisements suggest). Most of the recent malware for Mac are DNS Changer threats. They alter Mac’s DNS system and are commonly used for phishing.

Technically, Apple never promised to provide full-fledged antimalware capabilities in Snow Leopard, However, malware for Mac are few and far in between. Surely, it wouldn’t take much of an effort to maintain a decent antimalware tool, which would immensely benefit Mac users.

Apple Not To Use Intel Atom Processors In “iSlate”?

It seems that Apple has ditched the popular Intel Atom processor for their upcoming but still unannounced iSlatetouchscreen tablet device. The folks over at pocket-lint.com had a conversation with the Apple’s design manufactureapple-logo partners, and they have indicated that Apple won’t be using an Intel Atom processor to power the iSlate.

Apple instead seems to have used a processor made by a firm which they had acquired 2 years ago, named P A Semi. The report from pocket-lint.com says that Apple will not be using the Intel Atom processors, which contradicts the leaked specs of the iSlate , we had reported to our readers a few days ago. The leaked specifications of the iSlatestated that the device will be using an Intel Core 2 Duo low voltage processor. The leaked specification do look over the top to me as fitting all the above said stuff in such a small form factor seems impossible right now, with the available technology. The iSlatewill hopefully be announced on 26th January at the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts as we had reported earlier. Even though Apple has not mentioned anything about a touchscreen tablet device, the whole of the internet is currently abuzz with Apple’s iSlatedevice. Whether these are just plain rumors or whether these rumors are true to a certain extent, can only be found out at the upcoming BigApple event. These rumors have definitely helped Apple though, as the value of there shares are soaring right now.

Apple’s Tablet To Be Sold For $1000 In March

Much speculation has been done around the heavily rumored and over-hyped tablet by Apple. The initial price tag people expected was around $700 but Wall Street Journal just reported that the tablet will sold for $1000 and would be offered starting March 2010. Apple is expected to make the announcement on 27th of January.

Apple’s tablet is potentially called iSlate and would have a 10 or 11 inch screen. With MacBook being sold around the same price tag, the tablet might have a hard time unless it completely stands up to the hype being created. People are also speculating that the tablet would implement a new kind of 3D graphics which will change the future of UI at Apple.

Do you think the tablet will live up to the hype or be a massive failure as some people predict.