Apple announces iPad

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Apple has done it again, bringing the world to a stop with their latest release which is the iPad. At the end of the post, this could very well be the iPhat – short for iPod touch Phat, since it is more or less a much larger version of the iPod touch albeit with a far superior processor as well as better hardware specifications. First of all, what does the iPad offer? This device is meant to sit right in between the laptop as well as smartphone categories, boasting Apple’s very own 1GHz Apple A4 processor to get you up and running. There is also a huge virtual QWERTY keyboard that appears on the screen for you to type all your emails, but it remains to be seen whether the layman can get used to such a setup assuming he/she has already gotten used to the regular QWERTY keyboard after all this while. More details on the iPad right after the jump.

It is interesting to note that the iTunes store has been built right into the iPad itself to get you started on the right footing – that is, to repurchase all those applications and games that you already own on your iPod touch/iPhone. Initial impressions of the iPad is highly favorable (then again, would you have expected anything different?), as many people at the iPad’s unveiling oooh-ed and aaah-ed over the iPad’s smooth scrolling. You can also unlock the device in the same manner as the iPhone, which is sliding your finger across horizontally. There is a built-in accelerometer that will be able to tell just how the iPad is oriented at that point in time, allowing you to virtually hold the iPad in any way you like it for the display to follow likewise.

No idea on pricing at press time, but apart from the 1GHz Apple A4 processor that we mentioned earlier, we have other details about its hardware specifications which will include a range of 16GB to 64GB internal flash memory (no word on whether than can be expanded through the use of a memory card or not), coupled with a 9.7″ IPS display that boasts full capacitative multitouch capability. Accompanying those would be an integrated accelerometer and compass, a speaker, microphone, 30-pin connector and a battery that – hold on to your seats, boys and girls, can last for up to 10 hours for continuous video playback (phenomenal at that screen size) alongside a 1 month standby time! That’s pretty amazing if you ask us. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and Wi-Fi 802.11n, all crammed into a device that tips the scales at a mere 1.5 lbs while measuring an impossibly thin 0.5″. I wish Christmas came early this year. All in all, the iPad looks set to be a hit for Apple – if the price is right as it has all the back-end sorted out with right software support and great looking hardware. Could this be the messiah of gadget-dom? Image courtesy of Gdgt.

Updates: The iPad will come in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G versions, where the former will feature $499 (16GB), $599 (32GB) and $699 (64GB) price points. As for the Wi-Fi + 3G version, it will retail for $629 (16GB), $729 (32GB) and $829 (64GB). Worldwide availability for the Wi-Fi model is set to arrive in 60 days’ time. As for 3G connectivity, this will be a contract-less device, where you can hook up to AT&T’s network for $15 (250GB) and $30 (unlimited) each month.

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