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.
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.
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.
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.
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 â€” 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 â€” 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.