Like a climatic event with a huge release of information, we finally got what everyone was waiting for since the release of the first iPhone. The Apple Tablet is a reality and they are calling it the “iPad.” It supposedly fits in your lives between an iPhone and a MacBook. Here are all the quick details you need to know about it:
- Release Date: 60 days from now worldwide
- Price: From $499 ($629 with 3G)
- Chip: 1GHz Apple A4 chip (Built of the back of the P.A. Semi purchase)
- Memory: 16GB/32GB/64GB
- WiFi: 802.11N / Bluetooth+EDR
- Cellular Data: Optional 3G (unlocked GSM only)
- Keyboard: Touchscreen only like a giant iPhone keyboard
- OS: Modified iPhone OS
- Screen Size: 9.7″ Multi-Touch ‘IPS’ display
- Size/Weight: .5″ thin / 1.5 pounds
- Battery Life: 10 hours with a standby time of 1 month! (We’ll see about that)
- Has accelerometer and compass (Like the iPhone 3GS)
- Has speaker, microphone, 30-pin connector
- Accessory docks like the ‘Keyboard Dock’
It’s just like an iPhone, complete with iPhone “home screen” button, but bigger. Which in turn means that it’ll be really simple to use. The keyboard does look friggin sweet, a touch screen ‘chiclet’ style keyboard. Finally, fat “choddy” fingered people like me will be able to type on a multi touch screen with ease.
It’s available in both WiFi and WiFi + 3G unlocked (GSM). In the US there’s going to be a ‘pre-paid’ option with AT&T for data.
Creative apps like “Brushes” could actually make the iPad useful.
Apple has entered the eBook market with the iBook store. Sorry Kindle and Nook, hope you secured enough market share already.
iWork has been updated for the touch screen interface of the iPad meaning you can still get work done on the go if you can handle the virtual keyboard or at a desk using the keyboard dock.
The Apple Tablet, iPad, does seems like a great idea. But my dreams of having a touchable desktop experience with Diablo 3 or Starcraft 2 might have gone down the drain when hearing about what OS it is on. Also, no Flash plugins and no multi-tasking just like the iPhone. Will we really need to jailbreak this thing just to make it work like we want it to? Come on!
Accelerometer games are good and all, but how many of you use the Wii wheel or Wiimote to play Mario Kart? Exactly.
No word about Lightpeak or even USB 3.0 at this stage but there is 60 days to go till release, yeah right.
But like our boy Sam has said, “Don’t worry they’ll be another mythical iDevice round to corner to get you salivating, after all wanting is often better than getting.”
The big question now is, if you’ve already got both the iPhone and a MacBook, does one really need an iPad?
So, what do you guys think? Are you already waiting in line to plop down some serious $$$ on it?