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iPad: Apple’s New Tablet PC

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I’ve just been reading all the news I could find on yesterday’s launch of Apple’s latest product line – the iPad, a tablet-based computer. Check out some of the initial reviews here – reviews by: Gizmodo, Engadget, NYTimes – For and NYTimes – Against.

Or if you have a decent broadband connection (unlike me) and prefer video, you can watch the broadcast of Steve Jobs presenting the iPad here.

My first impressions of the device’s form (without the benefit of physically) is that the bezel border must go. It simply ruins the clean lines that a tablet computer, IMO, should offer. Apart from the name, I particularly dislike the add-on keyboard – fortunately, it supports bluetooth connections.

Here’s a quick run-down on the iPad: -

  • Runs on a proprietary Apple microprocessor
  • Holds 16-64GB of data
  • Battery lasts up to 10 hours
  • 0.5 inches thick
  • Measures 9.56 x 7.47 inches
  • Weight is 1.5 pounds without 3G (1.6 pounds)
  • iBooks: built-in ebook reader

The iPad goes on sale in two months – no exact date given by Apple. Prices range from $499 for a 16GB version with WiFi only to $829 for a 64GB top of the range version with WiFi, 3G wireless modem and includes A-GPS. At these prices, I definitely see myself owning one – when it eventually reaches Malaysian shores, that is.

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