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Apple finally announces iPad

Wednesday, 27th January 2010 18:29 GMT By Johnny Cullen

iPad

After weeks and months of speculation, Apple has finally revealed its tablet device known as iPad.

The conference involving Steve Jobs just wrapped up,

The company also revealed that over three billion downloads from users on the App Store, with over 140k apps on it.

Find the liveblog of choice from Engadget, who we also thank for the asset.

iPad is a half inch thick, weighs in at a whopping one-and-a-half pounds and as you can see, looks like a large iPhone with a nine-and-a-half inch wide multi-touch screen.

It used Apple’s 1 GZ A4 processor and comes with flash memory totals of 16, 32, or 64Gb with WiFi (including 802.11n)and Bluetooth capabilities with some models boasting 3G, while others won’t. 3G will run you $15 a month for up to 250Mb of data usage, with unlimited data plans running $30 a month.

Sans 3G, the different models will run as follows:

  • 16Gb- $500
  • 32Gb -$600
  • 64Gb- $700

3G capability bumps the price of each model up $130 extra.

iPad is expected to be released in 60 days, with iPad 3g hitting in 90 days – neither are region locked, and will work worldwide.

Thanks, GamePro.

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  1. Hunam

    iSlate was a better name.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. ruckus

    Just waiting to choke on the price…

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Bleak Harvest

    I bet female hygiene companies are kicking themselves now.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Eregol

    Crap name, poor looks.
    Typical Apple.
    There’s been some really odd comments through the live feed as well. Controls for some games don’t seem to be reveolutionising anything.
    It just appears to be making things really fiddly.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. ruckus

    Wonder when this will release since the Apple store isn’t down.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Hunam

    It’s just a big ipod touch. It runs the same apps on the same software. No flash support either it seems.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. moeTi

    iDontCare

    #7 4 years ago
  8. ruckus

    $499 though it could be worse. Just wonder what the sterling price will be.

    $699 (64gb) is the real price ($829 if you want 3G)!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. G1GAHURTZ

    “So $499 for 16GB of iPad. That’s our base model. 32GB is $599, 64GB is $799. 3G models cost an extra $130. $629, 729, and 829 with 3G.”

    #9 4 years ago
  10. ruckus

    Nintendo watch out /yeah right…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

    That’s probably going to translate directly into pounds, I’d say…

    Can’t see it being any cheaper than £400, anyway.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. G1GAHURTZ

    I’d like to see it on video, but it looks ugly in the pics.

    Screen res. looks all messed up too. A huge screen with a handful of spaced out, tiny icons looks a bit pants.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Eregol

    So, after all that, I have decided it is shit.

    It’ll sell in it’s hundreds. But it is shit.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Monk

    Ugly

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Grimrita

    i cant stop laughing at this pointless piece of shit. 1ghz ‘apple’ processor lol quality! Especially how Jobs claims that netbooks are slow. Even the junk from PC world/tesco will be faster than this

    #15 4 years ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    Yeah, I was excited about it it based on some of the concept stuff, but I’m not interested now.

    Oh well… At least I should be happy, since I’ve just instantly saved myself about £400!

    WOO HOO!

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Robo_1

    Nah, don’t see the pull of this. It doesn’t seem to bring anything new to the table, being nothing more than a large HD iPod. I expected a lot more.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. ruckus

    Storage kills this for me (as well as the probable captive battery).

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Psychotext

    iPad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1BUH9eXy18

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    This should have come BEFORE the iPhone.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Bulk Slash

    Seems to be a bit of a fail overall. There’s no killer app games, the storage is too small for an HD device (dunno the actual screen res, probably 720p), and no support for Adobe Flash. I’d say you’re much better off with a netbook.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. G1GAHURTZ

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8484060.stm

    #22 4 years ago
  23. SniperWolf

    so it is
    iBalls
    or
    iHairyBalls
    or
    yep yeah yeah me and balls
    drunk me sorry
    im going to sleep now
    iSleep
    bye

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Zarckan

    Flash will come, you can almost guarantee it.

    As for 3g, TBH, 3G is a total waste, what about Edge!? Plus there are enough open wifi spots around that it’ll be fine, 64GB Wifi – SOLD!

    #24 4 years ago
  25. polygem

    looks like these ´digital screen picture frames´don´t know how you call them—so if it sucks you can still nail it on the wall and use it as decoration…great.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. ruckus

    C4 news stated ‘upto £500′. I doubt it.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Hunam

    “Flash will come, you can almost guarantee it.”

    They said that for the iphone! I remain unconvinced.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Stephany Nunneley

    Updated the post with relevant information.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Dannybuoy

    I think it looks great. My iPhone is good for certain things but I’ve never really been a big iPhone gamer. I think the bigger screen will really allow for better visuals and control placement. It could be a winner.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. revolting

    I have nothing against the product itself, but the name sounds disconcertingly like a lady’s hygiene product.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Stephany Nunneley

    All I know, is that thanks to this oversize iPod Touch, the internet broke, and is still spinning slowing here in the States for no reason at all. Talk about anti-climatic.

    /channels inner Chuck Heston

    Thanks Steve. You Maniac! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!

    /releases Chuck Heston

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Stephany Nunneley

    @ revolting: MAD Tv – iPad (done long ago)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsjU0K8QPhs

    #32 4 years ago
  33. NiceFellow

    What, not one ‘who shrunk Steve Jobs’ comment?

    Anyway, who shrunk Steve Jobs and made him hold up an iTouch?

    Surely the ‘hot run’ is about to come unstuck with that big looking baby?

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Hunam

    I’m sure a few women from DVD’s I’ve seen could fit iPad in their woman parts.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Stephany Nunneley

    \o/

    #35 4 years ago
  36. 2EX08

    …looks more like an over-sized iPhone…

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Gekidami

    It does. I bet its got just as many limitations as one to, probably will need hacking before its even slightly interesting.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Hunam

    We’ve got you covered their Geki, over at eurogamer we are scoffing at the lack of multi-tasking!

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Psychotext

    Will see how the non gimped v2 works out… because we all know it’s coming. ETA? When all the zealots have got their new shinysparkly purchased.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. DaMan

    iMeh.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Bleak Harvest

    iPass, thx.
    In other news, it seems that Twitter agreed with me. iTampon is now one of the highest trending topics. Good on ya, internets.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. DrDamn

    @Eregol
    “poor looks. Typical Apple.”

    Er … ok cos that’s the general consensus on Apple stuff isn’t it? Overpriced and gimped, typical Apple yes.

    @Grimrita
    RE: Processor. The problem with the junk from Tesco/PC World is not the speed of the processor, it’s the OS.

    My general impressions are disappointing. It is just a bigger iPhone in essence. Not much more. It does look very nice in use mind, which I guess is the point.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. DrDamn

    @Grimrita
    Just to re-iterate this CPU point. Engadget and Gizmodo have both put up hands on impressions highlighting the strong and weak points.

    From Engadget … “The speed of the CPU is something to be marveled at. It is blazingly fast from what we can tell. Webpages loaded up super fast, and scrolling was without a hiccup. Moving into and out of apps was a breeze. Everything flew.”

    From Gizmodo … “Apple didn’t really sell this point, but it’s the single biggest benefit of the iPad: speed. It feels at least a generation faster than the iPhone 3GS. Lags and waits are gone, and the OS and apps respond just as quickly as you’d hope. Rotating between portrait and landscape modes, especially, is where this new horsepower manifests in the OS.”

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Grimrita

    @ Drdamn – reviews/previews mean nothing to me and being a ‘generation faster than the iphone’ doesnt impress me at all.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. reask

    Jobs is a really clever guy and Gates stole his ideas to create windows so I would be optimistic about the future of this product.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. DrDamn

    @Grimrita
    Ok – ignore balanced impressions by people who have used it and stick to your poorly founded ideas about CPU speed then.

    #46 4 years ago
  47. DaMan

    I just don’t need this thing.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. Psychotext

    Have you watched the vid of it in use DrDamn? Quicker than an iPhone it may be (I don’t have one)… but I wouldn’t call it quick.

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/27/apple-ipad-first-hands-on/

    Press -> Delay -> Action

    #48 4 years ago
  49. DrDamn

    @PT
    Yeah I watched the vids. What are you talking about in the delay? Launch of apps or apps in use. Apps in use like the photos, browsing, books, video etc looks zippy to me.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. Psychotext

    You can’t see that? It does it multiple times in the first 20 seconds (and in many other places throughout the vid).

    Watch as the buttons are pressed and it thinks about it before pulling up menus or changing the screen. Like I said, I’ve not used an iPhone so it might be virtually instant compared to that… but if I went from my PC to the iPad the little delays would irritate me.

    #50 4 years ago
  51. DrDamn

    The Presentation App does look a little slow – partly due to the bloke demoing it clearly not knowing what he’s doing. The Engadget guy also spends a lot of the time pressing all over the place during some parts. Look at stuff like the photo app and how smoothly and quickly it handles the pictures. The CPU – which was the point of discussion – is clearly capable.

    #51 4 years ago
  52. sg1974

    LOL, the iFanboys at iGizmodo are still wetting their pants – one of them has called this the “death of the laptop”, I kid you not.

    Its so bad its freaking hilarious. But remember folks: this will save the written word!

    I just cant stop laughing…..

    #52 4 years ago
  53. sg1974

    @reask,

    You’re believing a bullshit meme. Jobs stole his ideas from those clever IBM chaps at PARC so stop giving him the credit.

    #53 4 years ago
  54. The Hindle

    So is this a new games console or what, the fourth main console to the other 3 etc

    #54 4 years ago
  55. DrDamn

    @The Hindle
    It kind of sits in a strange place games console wise. It’s portable, but not pocketable. So one of the big advantages something like an iPhone has is that it’s always with you – not the case here. It should benefit from the publishing process which has given the iPhone a vast wealth of incredibly cheap games though. I’m not entirely convinced.

    #55 4 years ago
  56. Eregol

    It’s crap.

    You can read books, but it’s like looking at a monitor, so prolonged reading will give you headaches.
    You can listen to music, but it’s not really small enough to be portable to make it more viable than an ipod.

    The 499, 599 and 699 price points are only with wifi. If you want to get internet anywhere you’ll need to stump up 130 extra for each memory iteration.

    16, 32 and 64gb. Awfully stingy with that memory aren’t they? You can get an ipod classic with over 100gb. Why not use that?

    The gaming, oh dear….
    ‘Look, you can interact in ways never before seen, like using 3 fingers to open a door.’ What else can I use 3 fingers for I wonder?
    ‘In a driving game, you can touch the rear view mirror to view behind you (what this means for your main view, and the other controls that you leave so you can touch the mirror is not explained)’
    (They may not have been the exact words from Gizmodo, but you get the idea).

    Apple will be following this up with a second generation version within a year, and it needs it.

    #56 4 years ago
  57. DaMan

    for err, ‘laptop gaming’ I’d rather buy that Pandora console than this thing. way more impressive actually.

    #57 4 years ago
  58. DaMan

    btw Eregol what do you mean “prolonged reading will give you headaches”? these days I read books only in pdf.

    #58 4 years ago
  59. Hunam

    I’ve never read an ebook to be honest. I still like a nice hardback tbh.

    #59 4 years ago
  60. DrDamn

    @Eregol
    Books seemed like one of the better apps – but it was very woolly on details and iBooks won’t actually be ready outside the US on launch.

    The extra for 3G is too steep agreed.

    Memory wise it is very expensive – but a iPod classic uses a HDD not solid state doesn’t it?

    Gaming will gain from the extra screen size – hands getting in the way of the view is the biggest problem with touch screen gaming. It’s not the most flexible input system though – great for some stuff, very poor for others.

    “Apple will be following this up with a second generation version within a year, and it needs it.”

    I think that is a given but agree it needs it. Though most of my beefs could be solved in software rather than hardware.

    #60 4 years ago
  61. Psychotext

    “I’ve never read an ebook to be honest. I still like a nice hardback tbh.”

    I’ve read a few on proper ebook readers with “electronic ink” tech, and they’re pretty good. I can’t say I’d be comfortable reading for any prolonged duration from an LCD screen though.

    But yeah, hardback for the win. :)

    #61 4 years ago
  62. VIP0R

    Any News on the Phantom Lapboard? =D

    #62 4 years ago
  63. Blerk

    Very swish, as usual. And… er… I can’t imagine why I would ever want one. The Apple fanboys in the office are basically circle-jerking around a monitor in the corner, though. I daren’t look.

    #63 4 years ago
  64. NGCes26294BIV

    This is, by all accounts, a useless piece of kit.

    #64 4 years ago
  65. reask

    sg1974 said:

    @reask,

    You’re believing a bullshit meme. Jobs stole his ideas from those clever IBM chaps at PARC so stop giving him the credit.

    My memory is not the best unfortunately but I had to read a couple of books for a OU course many moons ago one of which was where wizards stay up late about the development of the Internet.
    I cannot remember the other book.
    I know what my conclusion was after reading them so I stand by my earlier comment.

    #65 4 years ago
  66. DarkElfa

    All of those fucking tech fag writers are having a baby over this damned thing. I guess they really do want to live in Apple’s Orwellian future of absolute control.

    #66 4 years ago
  67. Eregol

    Stephen Fry is the worst at the moment.
    He’s practically flooded his abode with spunk.

    #67 4 years ago
  68. sg1974

    @Reask

    I never fail to be amused at how people are utterly incapable of accepting that Bill Gates “stole” nothing off Jobs and Wozniak that those two didn’t first rip off from PARC and the Xerox Star themselves.

    As for those boffins at Xerox Palo Alto (later sold to IBM) who did invent all those things which became MAC and Windows(building on Stanford Uni’s Doug Engelbart’s excellent work in the 60s – after Jobs was barely done sucking on his Momma’s tits), well, I’m not so sure they find it so amusing.

    Apple didn’t come up with the mouse idea or first pair it with a personal computer either, contrary to the insistence of far too many. I’ll give readers two clues who did: 1) a well-known US west-coast University; 2) a US hardware manufacturer known mostly for its copying machines. I see a pattern emerging….

    #68 4 years ago
  69. sg1974

    I wonder if Steven Fry will wet his pants over this thing announced two weeks ago to utter silence:

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/14/digitalrise-x9-tablet-has-atom-multitouch-780-price-tag/

    #69 4 years ago