Readers were tired of reading speculation about Apple's tablet. And writers and guesstitians, quite frankly, were tired of writing about it. That's why we've stayed mum on the whole Apple tablet business up till now. But now that the Apple tablet has been officially revealed to the world, we decided bring you the must-know highlights in a quick 10 bullet points.
iPad is .5" thin, 1.5lbs, 9.7" capacitive touch display (roughly the size of a Kindle DX). Looks much like an over sized iPhone with some added functionality.
Equipped with a 1 GHz Apple A4 Chip, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, accelerometer, and Bluetooth. Up to 10 hours of use time and 1 month of standby.
Comes in 16GB ($499), 32GB ($599) and 64GB ($699) flavors with WiFi only.
US data service for unlocked 3G models: $14.99 for up to 250MB and $29.99 for unlimited. No contract. Free use of AT&T WiFi hotspots.
3G radio-equipped iPads will cost an additional $130.
iPad can run all iPhone apps unmodified. New SDK will allow developers to tweak apps for iPad use.
Adobe Flash support and multitasking abilities appear to be MIA. More or less the same old iPod/iPhone home screen.
iBook store and app will be the source for the ereader functionality., complete with sleek interface with virtual bookshelf and pretty page turning animations.
Apple is bringing the iWork suite to the iPad. iPad versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote will run you $9.99 apiece.
In case you'd prefer to actually use, well, a real keyboard -- there's an accessory for that. The iPad will slip right into a smallish keyboard with dock.
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