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Apple iPad – Only $499 and Runs iPhone Apps!

Just as my son ran into my room this afternoon complaining that he tried to download a music video onto his iPod but it was hard to watch on such a small screen AND that he has ran out of Hardy boys books to read so he needs to go to the bookstore to find some new mysteries, I had my eyes on one gadget that I could not even tell him about. Or maybe I should, it would be incentive for him to do homework and chores without complaing for years to come..The big announcement was made today – the Apple Tablet is called the “Apple iPad“, which will be available in March. The Apple press release describes the uses as “web, reading and sending email,
enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games,
reading e-books and much more”.

Important features of the iPad from the Apple iPad Press Release are listed below:

PRICE: $499

DESIGN: “High-resolution
Multi-Touch™ display, 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds”.

WIFI:”iPad comes in two versions—one with Wi-Fi and the other with both Wi-Fi
and 3G. iPad includes the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi, and the 3G versions
support speeds up to 7.2 Mbps on HSDPA networks.”

The Gizmodo post added: “3G data plans through AT&T, one of which is just $30 per month
with no contract. You can cancel at any time with no penalty, and use
AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots for free.
The other plan offered is $15 for 250MB of data, also through AT&T.

The Wall Street Journal posted with additional information about the iPad WIFI: “The iPads with a chip allowing cellular connections will cost $130 more
than standard versions, which start at $499 and up. Units with the
wireless chip will go on sale 30 days after the other version ships in
March. The iPad won’t be exclusive to AT&T, so it could potentially
work abroad on networks that share the carrier’s GSM wireless
technology. Verizon Wireless uses a competing technology called CDMA.
Apple said it is pulling together international carriers in time for
when the device ships

innovative apps designed especially for the iPad iPad runs almost all of the over 140,000 apps on the App Store,
including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®. Apple also introduced a new version of iWork® for iPad, the first
desktop-class productivity suite designed specifically for Multi-Touch.
With Pages®, Keynote® and Numbers® you can create beautifully formatted
documents, stunning presentations with animations and transitions, and
spreadsheets with charts, functions and formulas. The three apps will
be available separately through the App Store for $9.99 each.”
iTunes® Store will provides access to the iPad to online
music, TV and movie store  that has a catalog of over 11 million songs, over
50,000 TV episodes and over 8,000 films including over 2,000 in
stunning high definition video.”

EBOOKS: “Apple also announced the new iBooks app
for iPad, which includes Apple’s new iBookstore, the best way to
browse, buy and read books on a mobile device. The iBookstore will
feature books from major and independent publishers.”

GREEN TECH: “Continuing Apple’s dedication to designing and creating
environmentally responsible products, each iPad enclosure is made of
highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy-efficient
LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free
glass. iPad contains no brominated flame retardants and is completely


The ENGADGET post covered more important details: “custom 1GHz Apple “A4” chip developed by the P.A. Semi team, with a 10-hour battery life and a month of standby. It’ll come in 16, 32, and 64GB sizes…. There is a 30-pin Dock connector, a keyboard dock… and a camera attachment kit to transfer photos.

Hands on and live updates from the Apple press event can be found on the following blogs:

Gizmodo (including Gizmodo posts with details about the iPad games, iPad hardware and 3G details), Ubergizmo and Ubergizmo live, and Engadget hands on posts. Lots of commentary posts are linked to at TechMeme.

Knowing how my son would load it up with his favorite media, I hope they come out with a 150 GB size soon!

11 thoughts on “Apple iPad – Only $499 and Runs iPhone Apps!

  1. ahhhh, mixed emotions!
    I love the idea of it and can’t wait to buy one when it grows up.
    I would say that would be around the holidays when it will have a camera, hopefully Verizon option, at least 80GB and hopeful 160GB (hey the little ipod classic has that), and the ability to run Powerpoint as well as they bragged about Keynote, because… well because it is Keynote and better flash.
    Would basically like to see it compete with a laptop and not just be an iphone on steroids (albeit an impressive one)
    then again, I could wind up at the front door of my local apple store in an ambien induced stupor and buy one without knowing it!

  2. Not as great as I had hoped. I’m just not sure what it’s for other than a much cooler kindle. otherwise i would need the dock and the keyboard all the time because writing is my main purpose. Seems like a great thing for gamers. A friend commented that she would’ve gotten it for her husband who travels all the time but it doesn’t have a camera for Skype or ichat, a must to talk to his kids at home. For students it doesn’t add anything to the learning experience book wise since you can’t take notes on the books as far as I can tell, and again you’d still need a laptop.
    so even though its very, very pretty, and i’ve been an Apple girl since I was 12 and got my Apple 2C, I think I’ll be holding off to see what they build on from here.
    (though quote of the day – will they call the $1000 one the maxipad?)

  3. Love the idea but like Amy Z., I wish it had a camera. As an iPhone user, I love the idea that all my apps will run on it. Love its amazing battery life but I don’t quite see it replacing my MacBook or HP Mini quite yet. Maybe when the iMaxiPad comes out I’ll change my mind!
    Thanks for all the great pre-coverage and the fab rundown on Apple’s latest device!

  4. I don’t know if it’s supposed to compete with a laptop. I see it as complementing my laptop. There are times when I am out – generally waiting for the kids while at lessons or early for school pick up – when my iPhone is too small, but my laptop is too cumbersome.
    I had planned to wait until the second gen, but that was until they unveiled the prices today. The prices make it hard to wait a year.

  5. I agree with both Letitia (it seems to be a great complement to a computer) but don’t think it’s trying to be a computer either – it’s trying to finally bring the idea of the notepad computer to the masses, with interesting design and function. However, the entertainment aspect of the iPad seems to have (purposely) dominated the notepad feature. The plus for me, from a tech perspective, and mom perspective, is that is does seem to be a great “on the go” entertainment tool for both myself and my kids (when necessary), and larger than the iPod Touch, or iPhone. Like the first commenter, I’ll wait for the bugs in the system to air out, also…

  6. I love the idea of the tablet. I certainly see that as the logical next direction in personal computing… short of cranial implants.
    The thing is that this gadget won’t do anything for me that my netbook won’t do. Of course, my computing needs are minimal, I need a platform from which to blog, send/receive email, word processing, etc. Perhaps it is a generational issue.
    The price point is much lower than I expected, which is great, but truthfully, beyond the “cool new tech-toy” thing, it leaves me sort of cold… besides, that 500 bucks I could spend on it, is going to purchase that new fighting pistol that I am buying next month.

  7. I can’t wait to get one, but this is me talking as a techie, not a mom. This is not something I would buy for my kids at any age, because it isn’t a phone and I’m not sure if it could fully take the place of a laptop. My netbook was recently stolen and I still don’t have an e-reader, so the iPad seems like a beautiful combination of those devices.

  8. By the time your kids are in high school -everything- will be on a pad/tablet. All the media, the books, the vids, and all the communications. Think about all the Sci-Fi shows recently and how shipmates are handing each other “tablets” containing information… it’s how we’re all going to be working pretty soon.

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