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Posted by on Jan 27, 2010 in Greg, Technology | 11 comments

Is it an iSlate? Is it an iTablet? No, it is an iPad

The Apple: Way better than a laptop, way better than a phone After much debate, suggestion and unsubstantiated rumour milling, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs yesterday put the iEverything fanboys out of their misery with the public announcement of and a demonstration of the new Apple iPad.

“It is way better than a laptop, way better than a phone. It’s the best web experience you’ve ever had.” – Steve Jobs on the iPad

Jobs began the introduction by discussing what kind of device might fit between a smartphone and a laptop. “We’ve wondered for years as well—in order to create that category, they have to be far better at doing some key tasks… better than the laptop, better than the smartphone,” Jobs said. “Now, some people thought that was a netbook—the problem is that netbooks aren’t better than anything!”

Then Jobs brought out the iPad, which looks much like an oversized iPhone. It features an interface that is essentially a hybrid between Mac OS X and iPhone OS. In addition to browsing the Web, included applications also give users access to iTunes media, including HD video content, calendars, photos, contacts, and more. The built-in e-mail client also looks like a hybrid between Mail on the Mac and Mail on the iPhone. Text entry is done with a large, on-screen QWERTY keyboard, which seemed very responsive during the presentation. [Source]

Note that the small print on the Apple site is fairly clear: This device has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained. Test has been conducted on pre-production models.

11 Comments

  1. Something we all would like to play around with I am sure…….Can you wrap your fish and chips in it?

    • Well if it's really "way better than a laptop AND way better than a phone" then I guess it should be able to handle a little fish & chips wrapping easily.

      Nothing in the tech specs though – maybe just an oversight.

      • Can it make Espresso? Atleast it could order one I suppose…..

  2. Oh, and further info is that the iPad should start shipping (in the US) from early March.

    Pricing is from $500 (for the 16GB) unit through to $700 (for the 64GB model), with an extra $130 required if you want yours wireless 3G enabled for the web on the move.

    • I wonder if it will be offered on cell upgrade or 3g contract??? That would be a winner!

  3. Cute though!

  4. It looks very nice. But I worry that it hasn’t got a camera, usb ports or SD card reader. And that wireless 3G will cost extra.

    • Then it's more like a cup holder than a computer?

    • HAHAHA! Classic. "Please don't make us explain how it works!"

      Was wondering how long it would take for the feminine hygiene product link to be made. Think that the iPad name is a clear #FAIL on the part of the Apple marketing folks. Can you imagine the innuendos when something goes wrong with it?

      • Bwaaaahhahhahahhaha! iSLATE is a much cooler name!

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