Apple officially announces the iPad

So it's not the iSlate or even the iTablet. The iPad, which was revealed last night at an Apple event in San Francisco, USA, was given the ol'Steve Jobs treatment who declared it revolutionary. Well, he would wouldn't he?


The iPad is thin, half an inch thick in fact and weighs in at 1.5lbs. Based on a new iPhone 3.2 OS (an enhanced version of the 3.1 OS), it arrives with a large virtual QWERTY keyboard and is aimed at those who wish to view videos, manage emails, view photos, play games, roam the Internet and read eBooks. To aid you in that endeavour, the iPad includes iTunes, a HD version of YouTube, Safari browser and Google Maps plus a new app called iBook, a virtual bookshelf. It appears that Flash is not supported within Safari, however.


The iPad will arrive with a 9.7in screen, 1GHz (Apple A4) CPU, a speaker, Bluetooth, compass, dock connector, microphone, accelerometer and a claimed 10 hour usable life in between charges.  The iPad will come in two flavours: with or without 3G. The basic model is priced at $499 with 16GB of RAM, a 32GB model at $599 and a 64GB model is pitched at $799 - all with Wi-Fi. A Wi-Fi and 3G version, with similar RAM complements, will retail at $629, $729 and $829 respectively.


The Wii-Fi-only model will appear in March and the Wi-Fi/3G model will be available for sale in April in the USA. UK details should be declared by June or July. An unlocked version will be made available too.


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