Wednesday, January 27th 2010

Apple Unveils the iPad

Apple today unveiled its latest pop gadget, poised to add to the legacy of iPod and iPhone, the iPad. Quite technically, it's a tablet computer, but Apple's implementation ensures it's a mix of the Mac, iPhone, and iPod in clever proportions. The device is half an inch thick, weighs 750 g, has a 9.7 inch IPS multi-touch display, is powered by a custom Apple-made "A4" SoC which runs at 1 GHz, and has variants based on storage and connectivity. On the storage front, on offer are 16, 32, 64 GB, and connectivity options include 3G or WiFi (pick a variant based on what your primary ISP type is).

Just like with the iPhone, an accelerometer lets you tilt the device to change between portrait and landscape modes, and also help with several application features. While the device takes text input from an onscreen touch keyboard, it also supports a real docked keyboard. Apple has released several applications with this, and has also released an SDK for developers to start building applications on. Prices start at - hold your breath - US $499 (for the 16 GB variant), and goes up $599 (32 GB), $699 (64 GB). Adding $130 to any of these models gives you the 3G feature. Let us know what you think about this new device in the ongoing Frontpage Poll (top-right on the front-page).

Many pictures after the break.

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95 Comments on Apple Unveils the iPad

#1
Unregistered
Bit of a let down if you ask me. Bet it sells like hot cakes mind, purely for the brand, which is a shame.
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#2
Triprift
kyle2020 said:
Bit of a let down if you ask me. Bet it sells like hot cakes mind, purely for the brand, which is a shame.
Untill the other manufacturer improve the marketing and improve there own products apple will outsell. Just look at the Razor V3 wasnt great spec but was stylish and was marketed brilliantly. Dont blame Apple when its the others that need to lift there game.
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#3
Unregistered
Im not blaming apple, just blaming brand loyalty and the fact that the majority of customers to apple buy because everyone else has one - Ive gone for a Nokia 5530 Xpress music, its twice as good as the regular iPhone yet costs a quarter of the price, but almost everyone has an iPhone.
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#4
pantherx12
Triprift said:
Untill the other manufacturer improve the marketing and improve there own products apple will outsell. Just look at the Razor V3 wasnt great spec but was stylish and was marketed brilliantly. Dont blame Apple when its the others that need to lift there game.
I blame stupid people not Apple, anyone else do the same?

Personally I like whipping out my small brand mp4 player ( Rei-16 by Pasen) knowing it costs a fraction of what an ipod does and still does plenty, not comparable to i-pod touch but say compared to a nano etc its a bargain!

Nice 3" MVA screen, expandable memory ( up to 32gb ) and seamless integration of onboard memory and memory cards.

Love it :P

Only hiccup it has is the random feature, its nigh on useless :laugh: favours certain songs/artists, I do prefer the shuffle system ipods have.
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#5
Triprift
Believe me all Apple needs is one bad product and they will go down ppl will use it spread the word its bad and that will be that. Bad news travels quicker than good news and its all debateable about player quality.
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#6
simlariver
Triprift said:
Believe me all Apple needs is one bad product and they will go down ppl will use it spread the word its bad and that will be that. Bad news travels quicker than good news and its all debateable about player quality.
apple TV, Newton, etc ... Look here
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#7
Completely Bonkers
iPad. IMO brilliant idea weakly executed.

Missing:

inbuild webcam to make an truly great video skype device

Poor resolution to make a great e-book reader

Dongle for SD card makes getting data off SD card a PITB

Dongle for USB are they kidding? With one or two REAL USB sockets, the possibilities of this device would have been endless, from Psion Textronic type devices to Handheld scanners to GPS electronic maps to Music/MIDI device to iPhone/iPod docking station to... the list of missed opportunities is endless

No video/HDMI input to make this attractive as also a display device

No dual out headphones remember the first SONY walkmans? Two headphone outs to "share" the fun. This could have made a great "video-walkman".

16GB base model is just silly. It will cripple the expandability/creativity of the device OS/software suit due to compatibility with this bottom-end model.

Where is the pen input and handwriting technology to make this thing useful as a notepad? Please dont tell me I need to work a virtual keyboard

Potential. Lot's of it. But iPad 1.0 is really a iPod for SPECIAL NEEDS (Politically correct term for the blind or handicapped).

Perhaps iPad 2.0 will be worth looking at. Keep me posted.
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#8
Triprift
Were all individuals if one person thinks its crap another person will love it.
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#9
Kitkat
Completely Bonkers said:
iPad. IMO brilliant idea weakly executed.

Missing:

inbuild webcam to make an truly great video skype device

Poor resolution to make a great e-book reader

Dongle for SD card makes getting data off SD card a PITB

Dongle for USB are they kidding? With one or two REAL USB sockets, the possibilities of this device would have been endless, from Psion Textronic type devices to Handheld scanners to GPS electronic maps to Music/MIDI device to iPhone/iPod docking station to... the list of missed opportunities is endless

No video/HDMI input to make this attractive as also a display device

No dual out headphones remember the first SONY walkmans? Two headphone outs to "share" the fun. This could have made a great "video-walkman".

16GB base model is just silly. It will cripple the expandability/creativity of the device OS/software suit due to compatibility with this bottom-end model.

Where is the pen input and handwriting technology to make this thing useful as a notepad? Please dont tell me I need to work a virtual keyboard

Potential. Lot's of it. But iPad 1.0 is really a iPod for SPECIAL NEEDS (Politically correct term for the blind or handicapped).

Perhaps iPad 2.0 will be worth looking at. Keep me posted.
You forgot .. its already out, and that version fits in your pocket. ;)
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#10
OneCool
I bet they sell millions of them and every F'n Mac freak will swear the the best thing since toilet paper.

Not to mention the countess STUPID F'n AT&T commercials!!!

Shoot me now!!! :banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead:


16gb of storage for $500? WTF!!!!!
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#11
Triprift
I reckon the flogged the name from this clip :roll:
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#12
[H]@RD5TUFF
Meh. I will go play with one at the Apple Store, when they come out, if I like it, I'll wait a year or two and grab a used one.

DarkEgo said:
Italian iPod? Hey franko get me that f**kin iPad, capiche?
QFTW!

OneCool said:
I bet they sell millions of them and every F'n Mac freak will swear the the best thing since toilet paper.

Not to mention the countess STUPID F'n AT&T commercials!!!

Shoot me now!!! :banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead:


16gb of storage for $500? WTF!!!!!
It's Apple that par for the course, meter out the technology to keep people upgrading.
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#13
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
I think that a lot of you all are not looking at this with the right perspective.
Apple comes up with something new (whether it is revolutionary or just evolutionary is best left to the pundits) and apple afficianados snarf it up.
Six months later, someone clones it's functionality for 1/3 the price and adds features.
One year later, everything is blown open and the companies making new units release it for 1/10 the price with performance that rivals a dual core proc.

We all win. (except for the people who bought this at launch)
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#14
[H]@RD5TUFF
Kreij said:
I think that a lot of you all are not looking at this with the right perspective.
Apple comes up with something new (whether it is revolutionary or just evolutionary is best left to the pundits) and apple afficianados snarf it up.
Six months later, someone clones it's functionality for 1/3 the price and adds features.
One year later, everything is blown open and the companies making new units release it for 1/10 the price with performance that rivals a dual core proc.

We all win. (except for the people who bought this at launch)
I agree. Now we just need Microsoft to start working on a retort to this.
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#15
Conti027
is this really news?
I'll wait till next years if I have the extra cash and its improved but by then there will be a better PC ver.
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#16
laszlo
i have no pro/contra opinion about this gadget as i don't need it;it looks nice but what's the real purpose of it?

my opinion= a new toy to spend money on it
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#18
z1tu
hey look on the bright side, this can be used as a giant novelty Iphone :laugh:
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#19
pantherx12
Kreij said:
I think that a lot of you all are not looking at this with the right perspective.
Apple comes up with something new (whether it is revolutionary or just evolutionary is best left to the pundits) and apple afficianados snarf it up.
Six months later, someone clones it's functionality for 1/3 the price and adds features.
One year later, everything is blown open and the companies making new units release it for 1/10 the price with performance that rivals a dual core proc.

We all win. (except for the people who bought this at launch)
But tablets have been out for years and years and years.

Cheap MIDS haev existed for years and years too.

This is old as shit as the expression goes :laugh:
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#20
El Fiendo
z1tu said:
hey look on the bright side, this can be used as a giant novelty Iphone :laugh:
I kind of want to get one just so I can walk around places and pretend it is my iPhone. Pretend to get a call, answer and hold it your head and the like. It'd probably be the most expensive novelty thing I ever spent money on, but whatever.
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#21
pantherx12
El Fiendo said:
I kind of want to get one just so I can walk around places and pretend it is my iPhone. Pretend to get a call, answer and hold it your head and the like. It'd probably be the most expensive novelty thing I ever spent money on, but whatever.
Bah I went on youtube to find a clip from "Trigger happy tv" would of been great to post here :laugh:


Guy answers giant phone in public places, but due to the size of the phone shouts at the top of his lungs.

" HELLLO!????, HELLLO!? NAAAA I'M ON MY MOBILE! WHAT? NO I SAID I'M ON MY MOBILE! ...... I'M AT THE LIBRARY, THE LIBRARY!!!! HMM? NAAAA ITS SHIT!" :laugh:
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#23
Triprift
garyinhere said:
Is it gonna be like buy a 2 yr contract 3g? Or, is 3g now an available feature, and if it is why not wait till they put it in a iTouch?
From what i understand the March release will be wifi only and 3G HSDPA ones in june.
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#25
pantherx12
TheMailMan78 said:
I just bought 6 of them!
Hopefully only to bludgeon people with XD :laugh:
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