So iPad it is!!!

So Apple have made their announcement and they’ve gone with the name iPad… Quite a surprise considering my understanding was that the trademark of iPad belonged to another company in the US…

Apple's iPad

Steve Jobs took the stage today and officially introduced his iPad to the world… It appears as if the iPhone got the super-size treatment, complete with a home button….

At only half an inch thin, and sporting a 9.7″ screen, the iPad weighs in at only one and a half pounds…. It’s powered by Apple’s very own chip(A4)… Available with 16, 32, or 64GB flash storage, and has 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Oh, and you can run it for 10 hours while watching videos….

Apple's iPad

Surprising for Apple, NO built-in camera… This is one feature you would expect from Apple…. There is also no microphone, so programs like Skype, iChat etc. are out of the question for now anyway…. This was surprising for me to hear as there will be a 3G model, so i  assume you can insert a SIM card, therefore  it would have been nice to have the option to use the iPad as a mobile phone..

You will be able to use iWork with the iPad but this does not come standard with the iPad and can be bought separately from the App store… The SDK already downloadable on Apple’s homepage, maybe there will be a Microsoft office coming soon…

 

 

As for pricing of the device itself, it starts at $499, which is a very low cost of entry…. It will get you the 16GB base model without 3G… $599 will get you the 32GB Wi-Fi only model, and $699 will bump you up to 64GB… With 3G, the prices are $629, $729 and $829 respectively for the different storage capacities….

Apple also announced the release of the new iBooks store where you’ll be able to purchase visual books… The new iBook store looks visually mesmerizing with rich colors and Accessibility built in meaning you could have text read to you..

Here’s the official video of the iPad