A few minutes ago Steve jobs took to the stage and announced the iPad Apple Tablet. much of what was in our short article Last month (What will the Apple tablet imply for the smart home) is in the new device as expected.
Jobs has said the iPad needs to be better at a host of things (like email, browsing, video etc) than Laptops, smart Phones and NetBooks to be a viable device class.
Multitasking wasn’t discussed whatsoever during the presentation.
Read on for the specs photos and videos as they emerge…
Price from – $499 (16GB) $599 (32GB) $699 (64GB) – We guess that translates to a UK starter price of around £410
Plus $130 for 3G option if you want it (so top price $839 for 64GB with 3G)
Shipping world broad in 60 days
Capacitive multi touch screen
0.5 inch thick
9.7 inch LED-backlit, IPS display
Up to 10 hour battery life
16 – 64GB of flash storage
1GHz Apple A4 CPU
3G Cellular – (US AT&T – 250mb / month $14.99 or limitless data for $29.99)
Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR – works with Apple Bluetooth keyboard!
June – July for international (read UK) deals to come together
‘Almost all’ existing iphone apps will run on iPad – full screen too with Pixel doubled mode
Apps can be written to take advantabe of native res too
Speaker. Mic, Headphones, Accelerometer, Compass, 30 Pin connector
Updated iphone SDK released today to include iPad
Accessory 1 – Keyboard / charger / dock available
Accessory 2 – hard Case
Accessory 3 – regular dock
Seems to be aluminum unibody case
No video camera front or rear??
Looks like still no Flash in Safari
‘Camera Connector kit’ will be available
New ‘iBooks’ app for eBook reading on the iPad.
5 of ‘largest publishers in the world’ on board
download eBooks straight to ther device from iTunes book store
On top of books there will be Newspapers and Magazines
New version of iWork 2010 developed for the iPad – a year in the making
Complete new version of Keynote for the iPad – $9.99 from apps Store
Complete new version of Pages for the iPad – $9.99 from apps Store
Complete new version of Number for the iPad – $9.99 from apps Store
Taking advantage of Multitouch for navigation
So – what do you think? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.