The Apple iPad device has finally been unveiled by Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, at an event in San Francisco.
The Apple iPad has been described as somewhere between a mobile phone and a laptop. It can play videos, music and games, and supports Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity.
Apple iPad price and launch date
It will cost $499 for a 16GB version, $599 for a 32GB version, and $699 for a 64GB version. A 3G version of each of these variations can be bought for a further $130.
Apple expects the iPad to be available to buy at the end of March in the US, however we may have to wait until June or July before it’s available in UK stores.
Apple iPad portable PC tablet launch
Steve Jobs demonstrated its ability to be used as an ebook reader by displaying subscriptions to the NY Times and National Geographic.
Consumer Reports, the US-based Consumer organisation, filmed the following video at the launch of the Apple iPad in San Francisco. The video focuses on the Apple iBook functionality. We shall bring you further videos of the iBook when we get our hands on one.
Apple iPad video
Jobs also unveiled plans for a new iBook store, where customers will be able to purchase iBooks for their iPads. The library can then be browsed using a virtual, on-screen bookshelf. Five publishers, including Penguin, have teamed up with Apple, and iBooks are slated to cost from $4.99 and upwards.
The iPad can also be used for email and web browsing and it supports the use of all existing iPhone apps.
Apple iPad specifications
Jobs said: ‘We want to kick off 2010 by introducing a truly magical and revolutionary product today. Apple is a mobile devices company, and while all of us use laptops and smartphones, we felt there is room for a third category of devices.’
The 9.7-inch, backlit LED touchscreen iPad has a 4:3 aspect ratio and a built-in accelerometer, which will allow content to rotate depending on how you hold the device.
The iPad weighs around 0.7kg and, like the iPhone, has built-in access to the iTunes store. It boasts 10 hours worth of battery life, or a claimed month on standby. According to Apple, the iPad is the same thickness as the iPhone.
Apple iPad accessories
Apple has announced an iPad dock, a keyboard dock and a case for the iPad.
Read our Apple iPad blog to find out how the Apple iPad launch unfolded.
iPhone and iPod reviews
For a lab-based review of the latest Apple iPhone 3GS, check out our mobile phone reviews.
You may also be interested in our in-depth reviews of Apples iPods, including the iPod Touch and the latest incarnation of the iPod Nano – with video. Reviews of all of Apples iPods can be read in our MP3 player reviews. You can find a review of the latest Apple MacBook in out laptop reviews.
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