Is it an iSlate? Is it an iTablet? No, it is an iPad
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]
- You can watch the official Apple iPad launch video here: www.apple.com/ipad/#video
- And check the iPad Technical Specifications right here: www.apple.com/ipad/specs/
- You can also read about the announcement and demo here: http://tinyurl.com/ycrwjdp
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.