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Looking dapper in jeans and a black mock turtle-neck, Steve Jobs took the stage today and officially introduced his iPad to the world. As we’ve been seeing and hearing from so many rumors as of late, it appears as if the iPhone got the super-size treatment, […]

Looking dapper in jeans and a black mock turtle-neck, Steve Jobs took the stage today and officially introduced his iPad to the world. As we’ve been seeing and hearing from so many rumors as of late, it appears as if the iPhone got the super-size treatment, complete with a home button.

At only half an inch thin, and sporting a 9.7″ screen, the iPad weighs in at only one and a half pounds. It’s powered by Apple’s very own chip – the A4 – ans “screams” at 1GHz. Available with 16, 32, or 64GB flash storage, and has 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Oh, and you can run it for 10 hours (a month in standby!) while watching videos. Wow! So far, no mention of any cellular carrier connectivity. UPDATE: Carrier details below!

If you’re a current iPhone user, much of the interaction with the iPad looks to be very familiar. For instance, tilting the iPad gives you portrait or landscape viewing — both orientations support a lovely full screen keyboard. It also appears that the app icons on the “home screen” change orientation too.

The software — assumed to be iPhone version 4.0, SDK available now — appears quite familiar, but has been blown-up to support the larger screen. It appears also to allow custom background wallpaper, and sports a very OS X-like dock at the bottom of the screen. And of course, it runs iPhone Apps using “pixel doubling” for full screen mode, or sports a black frame in regular sized mode. As an aside, this looks sick for viewing the likes of New York Times and other ‘print media’ type web content.

We have yet to hear the price, but watch this space and we’ll updated as soon as we know.

UPDATE: We’re now finding out that there will be a 3G-capable version of the iPad, with service from AT&T starting at $14.99 for 250MB per month, and $29.99 for unlimited monthly usage. It’s pre-paid and there is no contract to deal with. International deals are projected to be worked out by June. All 3G models are unlocked, though and will work anywhere globally with new GSM micro SIMs.

As for pricing of the device itself, it starts at $499, which is a very low cost of entry. It will get you the 16GB base model without 3G. $599 will get you the 32GB Wi-Fi only model, and $699 will bump you up to 64GB. With 3G, the prices are $629, $729 and $829 respectively for the different storage capacities.

Shipping will take place within about 90 days for the 3G models, 60 days for those with Wi-Fi only.

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  1. Wow this is just great

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  2. But no camera?

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    1. Yea. Where’s the camera?

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  3. thats it? just the ipad???

    where are iPhone, Aperture and iLife updates for the people who DON’T wan’t the “iMaxiPad”?

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    1. Girlee man!

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  4. Run Out Of Ideas????

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  5. @curt – yeah, that’s kind of the problem with the Apple Rumormill. We all get hyped up about all the possible things the mystery device might do, and what we want it to do, and then it’s kind of a let down when it doesn’t live up to the unrealistic hype.

    @solefald – no kidding. I wanted Aperture in the worst way. Iwork got updated. yay. And that name – wow…

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  6. Pretty disappointed….
    iPad is not a computer am I right? It is a big screen iTouch with 3G.

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    1. I agree, Very disappointing, and at the cost of a windows laptop. When will Apple EVER lower there prices so that they match Microsoft’s or go even lower? That will be the day that I start buying a mac and accessories for myself.

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    2. Sounds like someone is working for Microsoft…

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    3. Hey down there… here in MI, Meijer’s advertises, “Higher Standards, Lower Prices”.

      Well when it comes to Microsoft… it’s “Lower Prices, Lower Standards”. Apple has higher standards, and unfortunately higher prices. If you want to sacrifice the name Apple has made for itself then you probably wouldn’t even be seeing something like the iPad. You probably would have no clue about the functions of the iPod.

      In fact, we’d probably be just graduating from all-keyboarding to the generic mouse technology.

      Apple is worth it face it. :)

      Oh and I do NOT like that iPad name. For once, I’ll say “What were they THINKING?”

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    4. Gene, I think you hit in on the head. This thin is not a full-on computer. Boo.

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  7. No camera is a real bummer. Have to hope it will come in an ‘iPad 3Gs’ or similar redeux in time. I thought video iChat between iPad users would really be a nice selling point.

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    1. WOW… I thought it would be alot better maybe a camera, and run leopard… I hope V2 comes out like SOON

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  8. no USB, no webcam/camera, no multitasking. Sorry – I’m not buying it.

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    1. There will be multitasking, as it will use the OS 4.0. iPhone / iPod Touch OS 4.0 will support multi task.

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  9. Disappointment or elation is really immaterial right now. The key of this, IMHO, is that Apple has a $500 form factor product that already outdistances the Kindle, is far more portable than a Macbook and is a great portable laptop App plus gaming system. Everything will grow from there. Competition will be hard pressed to duplicate the combination of the Apps, the books and the viewing experience.

    Watch it grow. Yes it does have microphone and Skype will be there v soon.

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