World’s most advanced 7" tablet
1280x800 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
Exclusive Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound
World’s first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for 40% faster downloads and streaming (compared to iPad 3)
High performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance
Over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, HBO GO, Pandora, and Angry Birds Space
Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls using Skype, Facebook, and other apps
Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content
Kindle FreeTime - a free, personalized tablet experience just for kids on the Kindle Fire HD. Set daily screen limits, and give access to appropriate content for each child
Here’s an interesting article at MacWorld on the Apple A4 microprocessor, the CPU for the iPad and the first Apple-branded system-on-a-chip: Apple inside: the significance of the iPad’s A4 chip.
With the A4, Apple still maintains its long-standing relationship with ARM while delivering on performance, with a design that no competitor can use in its own products. More to the point, the A4 puts a very critical part of Apple’s iPad under its very own control. And that move is unprecedented.
Going back to the earliest days of the Mac, Apple chose Motorola’s 68k series of chips to power its Macs because they offered better performance than Intel’s equivalent technology. In the early ’90s, the company migrated its Macs to the PowerPC architecture when Motorola couldn’t deliver a 68k processor as fast and as energy efficient as Intel’s Pentium series. Then, when the major vendors behind the PowerPC couldn’t keep pace with Intel’s Pentium IV and AMD’s Athlon series, Apple switched its Macs once more—this time to Intel’s own Core series.
Today, Macs remain beholden to Intel’s specifications. If Intel can’t keep pace, Apple will have to find yet another vendor for CPUs. But now, with the iPad’s A4, Apple has demonstrated a new option: It has the ability to take existing designs and repurpose them to give its own products better performance than the competition.
TidBITS has an interesting overview of the features of Apple’s new iPad device: Hands-on Impressions of the iPad.
The technoidosphere is buzzing about the fact that Apple’s new iPad doesn’t support Flash. Adobe, being the maker of Flash, is unhappy about this; so unhappy that yesterday they played the porn card.
Apple’s new tablet computer, dubbed the iPad, was announced today; the device looks like an oversized iPhone or iPod Touch, runs iPhone Apps, and will be shipping later this year. It weighs 1.5 pounds and has a 9.7 inch display, Bluetooth, 802.11n wireless, a battery life of up to 10 hours, and a 1 GHz Apple A4 chip. Haven’t seen a price yet.
Engadget has a live-updating page with lots of photographs from the event: Live from the Apple ‘latest creation’ event — Engadget.
UPDATE at 1/27/10 11:00:16 am:
Apple also announced a new online bookstore, iBooks. Looks like Jobs is going head to head with Bezos.
UPDATE at 1/27/10 11:25:12 am:
I saw articles predicting a price of $1000+ for the iPad, so it’s a very nice surprise to see these prices announced:
16GB - $499
32GB - $599
64GB - $699
Wifi + 3G:
16GB - $629
32GB - $729
64GB - $829
UPDATE at 1/27/10 11:58:59 am:
The promo video for the iPad is now up at Apple: Apple - iPad - The best way to experience the web, email, & photos.