On January 27, 20010 in San Francisco, Ca, Apple CEO Steve Jobs officially announced the release of the iPad. Mr. Jobs began the presentation by talking about a device that is a hybrid of a smartphone and a laptop. The premiere event showcased all of the new and exciting features of the iPad.
Prior to the announcement, there has been plenty of speculation that the iPad would simply be a larger version of the iPhone. The truth is that while it’s similar to its relative, the iPad is a revolutionary device in multi-media gadget category.
First, let’s review some of the basic features and specifications of the iPad. It comes with a 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS with multi-touch screen capabilities. The iPad uses the Apple A4 chip and runs on the same operating system as the iPhone. Battery life is up to 10 hours. There are over 140,000 total apps available, with a dozen new applications designed just for the iPad. The iPad is also Apple’s first device to use iBookstore. Weighing 1.5 pounds and being only half an inch thick, the iPad is light and compact.
In the US, the iPad is scheduled for release in Spring of 2010, and will be available at the Apple website, Apple stores, and authorized resellers. The Apple website also offers notification newsletters about iPad availability.
There are some important differences that need to be pointed out regarding availability and pricing. The Wi-Fi iPad will be released in March 2010 and will start at $499 for the 16GB version, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. The iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available in April 2010 and will start at $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB. For the 3G enabled iPad, users will have to pay additional monthly data plan fees with their service provider.