A few minutes ago Steve Jobs took to the stage and announced the iPad Apple Tablet. Much of what was in our article Last month (What will the Apple Tablet mean for the smart home) is in the new device as expected.
Jobs has said the iPad needs to be better at a host of things (like email, browsing, video etc) than Laptops, Smart Phones and NetBooks to be a viable device class.
Multitasking wasn't mentioned at all during the presentation.
Read on for the specs photos and videos as they emerge…
- Price from – $499 (16GB) $599 (32GB) $699 (64GB) – We guess that translates to a UK starter price of around £410
- Plus $130 for 3G option if you want it (so top price $839 for 64GB with 3G)
- Shipping World Wide in 60 days
- Capacitive multi touch screen
- 0.5 inch thick
- 1.5 lbs
- 9.7 inch LED-backlit, IPS display
- Up to 10 hour battery life
- 16 – 64GB of flash storage
- 1GHz Apple A4 CPU
- 802.11n Wifi
- 3G Cellular – (US AT&T – 250mb / month $14.99 or Unlimited Data for $29.99)
- Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR – Works with Apple Bluetooth keyboard!
- June – July for International (read UK) deals to come together
- 'Almost all' existing iPhone apps will run on iPad – full screen too with Pixel doubled mode
- Apps can be written to take advantabe of native res too
- Speaker. Mic, Headphones, Accelerometer, Compass, 30 Pin connector
- Updated iPhone SDK released today to include iPad
- Accessory 1 – Keyboard / charger / dock available
- Accessory 2 – Hard Case
- Accessory 3 – Regular dock
- Seems to be aluminum unibody case
- No camera front or rear??
- Looks like still no Flash in Safari
- 'Camera Connector kit' will be available
New 'iBooks' app for eBook reading on the iPad.
- 5 of 'largest publishers in the world' on board
- download eBooks straight to ther device from iTunes book store
- On top of books there will be Newspapers and Magazines
New Version of iWork 2010 developed for the iPad – a year in the making
- Complete new version of Keynote for the iPad – $9.99 from Apps Store
- Complete new version of Pages for the iPad – $9.99 from Apps Store
- Complete new version of Number for the iPad – $9.99 from Apps Store
- Taking advantage of Multitouch for navigation
So – what do you think? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.