The Apple iPad — What You Need to Know

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Updated with additional specifications and images from Apple. After much hype, speculation and years of waiting, Apple introduced the world to its new tablet, the iPad. Here’s a brief rundown on this multi-functional, multi-touch device that looks like a bigger version of the iPhone. What’s most astounding is the reasonable pricing and no-contract, low-cost deals for 3G connectivity. Looks like I did OK on my earlier predictions, although I priced it too high.

Display: 9.7″ IPS capacitive display, resolution unknown as of yet.┬áResolution of 1024 x 768

Weight: 1.5 pounds

Thickness: 0.5″

CPU: The Apple A4, a 1GHz ARM-based CPU powers the iPad.

Input: An on-screen keyboard is used for text, or an optional keyboard can be used. Gestures and touch also work. There is no handwriting input or recognition.

Connectivity: 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, a U.S. contract-free 3G option is available for $14.99 for 250 MB per month or unlimited for $29.99 a month on AT&T which includes free AT&T hotspots. International deals by June, but all iPad 3G models are unlocked.

Storage: 16 to 64 GB of flash memory

Battery: Integrated 25 W/hr battery rated at 10 hours of video watching, web surfing over Wi-Fi or listening to audio.

Peripherals: A keyboard dock will charge the iPad. A case will also be available.

Pricing: $499 for the base model with 16GB. $599 for 32 GB. $699 for 64GB. 3G adds $130 to any non-3G model.

Availability: Shipping in 60 days for Wi-Fi models, 3G models to follow 30 days later.

Applications: Apple leveraged the existing iPhone app store so all current apps will run on it. Apps can be pixel-doubled for full-screen usage. YouTubeHD videos will play in full screen. There appears to be no support for Adobe Flash. E-book content will be available through the new iBooks application — prices look higher than on Amazon. iWork is completely redesigned for use on the iPad, complete with gesture input and interaction.

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