On January 27 Apple presented the iPad, a portable device in the form of a tablet or slate with which you can surf the Web, read and send emails, see photos and videos, read books, listen to music, play games, enjoy thousands of Apps and much more. The iPad has a high resolution multi-touch screen of 9.7 with which users interact in a similar way as they do with an iPod touch or an iPhone.
This new device will have a thickness of 0.5 inches (1.27cm) and a weight of 1.5 pounds (less than 700 grams). One of the strengths of the iPad is its software, an iPhone OS adaptation that can run almost all iPhone and iPod touch Apps from the App Store, but it also takes advantage of the new features of the device such as its larger screen size.
The iPad includes 12 new applications created exclusively for the iPad. The 12 new applications can be used vertically or horizontally and rotate automatically with an animation to fit the screen orientation. When you need to type, an on-screen keyboard of almost real size appears that uses tadvanced multi-touch technology. If you wish, you can also connect a dock with a traditional full-size keyboard that will be sold as an option.
The center of this device is its 9.7-inch screen with LED backlight and IPS technology that promises to deliver a clear and detailed image with a viewing angle of 178 degrees.
The iPad uses the chi A4 specially designed by Apple for this device and is the result of the purchase of PA Semi. Apple promises that the new A4 chip offer exceptional processor and graphics performance with a battery life of up to 10 hours. The iPad's advanced integrated battery can withstand up to 1000 full charge cycles without significantly diminishing its capacity in its typical 5-year life cycle.
iPad syncs with iTunes as an iPod or iPhone using Apple's standard 30-pin cable or one of the optional docks. All content, including music, videos, applications, e-books, etc. It will sync automatically between iPad and PC or Mac.
Apple offers two versions of the iPad only one with WiFi and another with WiFi and 3G. Both versions will have WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, a dock connector, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, speakers and microphone. They will also have a digital comps and an accelerometer. The model with WiFi and 3G also include a GPS receiver and a tray for the SIM card.
The WiFI-only versions of the iPad will be available by the end of March worldwide, the 3G version will be available in April in the US. and in some other countries not specified.
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Update March 2, 2011:
Apple announces iPad 2
Update January 2012:
The network of networks is full of rumors about the iPad 3