Apple unveils iPad device

iPad features compatibility with Apple apps and devices, 10 hour battery life and new e-book reader

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By  Mark Sutton Published  January 27, 2010

Apple has unveiled its much-anticipated tablet device, the iPad, at a special event in San Francisco.

The new device is a slate form factor tablet, featuring a high definition, 9.7 inch in-plane switching (IPS) screen, and weighing 1.5 pounds (0.68kg).

The tablet runs on Apple's iPhone operating system, with a new custom processor, the 1GHz A4, powering the device. It will ship with either 16, 32, or 64 GB SSD, and Apple says it will have a battery life of ten hours operation, with a 30 day standby.

802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also included, as are an accelerometer and compass. 3G connectivity is not included at launch, but Apple says it plans to include 3G models, but these will not be available outside of the US until June at the earliest.

The iPad will use a GSM micro SIM, and will all be shipped ‘unlocked', enabling them to be used on any network.

In terms of operation, the iPad functions very much like Apple's iPod Touch or the iPhone, with applications accessed via the touchscreen. The tablet will be compatible with Apple's iTunes, iWork and iPhoto, as well as compatibility with the Apple App Store.

Common applications such as Facebook, Google Maps and web browsing are supported, and the device can be used in either landscape or portrait mode. For input, the iPad has a virtual keypad in landscape mode.

Apple's software developer kit for the iPhone will automatically support the iPad as well, giving access to all of the apps developed for iPhone, although Apple says that applications will be developed specifically for the iPad.

The company is also promoting the green credentials of the device, which it says is produced without the use of potentially harmful arsenic, mercury, BFR and PVC, and that it will be "highly recyclable".

The IPS screen technology, already used by the iMac, uses a display where the liquid crystals are aligned horizontally instead of on an angle, giving better colour reproduction and better vertical viewing angles.

“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

Apple also announced a new application, iBooks, an e-reader app that has support from a number of major publishers including Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, MacMillan and Hachette, and Apple says it will include text books in the titles available for download.

A plug-in keyboard and a stand will be available as optional extras.

US pricing plans will start at $499 for 16GB model, with a 32GB costing $599 and a 64GB costing $699. 3G will cost an additional $130 on top of the basic price. Middle East pricing and availability were not available at time of writing.

2844 days ago
Umm Khaled

Mike, it is called Shop and Ship if I'm not mistaken. Look them up, get in contact with them and give it a try. You shop, Aramex picks it up at ur U.S. p.o. box and ship it to you. You go to the nearest Aramex office or they can bring it to your door.

2844 days ago
Imran

Hi I live in UAE, from where can I order this?

2853 days ago
Mike

Fatima intersting if you can just tell me how does aramex get access to your pobox in the US? i would like to give this a try.

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