Apple has just moments ago unveiled the iPad, its latest product which has been rumoured about for years and has finally come to fruition.
UPDATE: The wireless-only iPad will be available worldwide in 60 days, whilst the 3G device should become available internationally in June, with negotiations between Apple and worldwide carriers set to start tomorrow. It will start at $499 USD for the 16GB wireless connectivity only iPad, with the 3G model another $130USD more.
- Steve Jobs holding the iPad (Credit: CNET)
The standard model device features a 1GHz custom Apple-made A4 processor, is 0.5″ thick, weighs 1.5 pounds, has a 9.7″ Capacitive touchscreen, has a ‘soft keyboard’ that’s virtually the same size as a normal keyboard, uses an LED screen, comes with between 16-64GB of SSD storage, has an accelerometer and a compass, supports 802.11n, bluetooth 2.1, runs iPhone apps, and has hardware accelerated OpenGL graphics, however a different model of the iPad will also come with unlocked 3G support with a $29.99 unlimited plan with AT&T in the US.
Activation for the iPad will be done directly off the device, and users in the US that decide to use AT&T’s “breakthrough” deal will also be able to use their wireless hotspots for free.
Made available for an extra price, you will also be able to buy a dock and a keyboard for the iPad, alongside a hardcover case.
Software for the device is a key part of the package, and Apple certainly haven’t disappointed. They’ve made a special touch-friendly and glamourous looking version of iWork, Apples competitor to Microsoft’s Office Suite, and have worked with a number of game developers to get games utilising the full capabilities of the device.
As expected, Apple have also unveiled a iBook Store, which allows users to browse books on their devices and download them instantly to use via a special e-reader application just like the App Store and iTunes music store. The New York Times got their chance to shine on stage, demonstrating a custom built app that wowed the audience with its potential.
The traditional Mail and Calendar applications for the iPhone have received a welcomed update for the iPad, and developers will be able to get their hands on the SDK for the device later today in preparation for the upcoming launch.
We’ll be updating this post as the event continues.