Apple launches iPad, has phone functionality

After much anticipation and speculation, Apple Inc. today finally unveiled its tablet computer, the Apple iPad (see more pictures). Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the device at an invite-only press event in San Francisco.

The iPad is only a half of an inch thick and weighs just 1.5-lbs. It is powered by a 1GHz Apple A4 processor and will come in three flavors: 16, 32, or 64GB sizes. The 16GB version will retail for $499, the 32GB for $599, and the 64GB version for $699. The 3G version will cost an additional $130 per model.

Other features include an accelerometer, WiFi, Bluetooth, among other features. It operates on the same operating system as the iPhone and does run applications from the app store.

Mr. Jobs said today there is enough space for an intermediary device between PC computers and mobile devices. He said at the event, “It is the best browsing experience you’ve ever had, its phenomenal,” and went on to say, “[the iPad is] way better than a laptop, way better than a smartphone,”

Apple also announced the availability of an updated iPhone OS SDK for developers to develop applications specifically designed for the bigger display of the iPad. The iPad can currently run app store applications on a double-pixel basis for full-screen, or in a smaller window for better clarity since the current applications are not designed for larger resolutions.

Interestingly, the iPad also has mobile phone functionality. There is a micro-SIM card slot ready for you to insert your telecom SIM card to use the iPad as a phone. Apple is selling all iPads unlocked so that they could be used with any telecom.

Analysts expected the device to center around media, more specifically towards eBooks. According to screen shots released by Apple, it appears the iPad has newly designed applications, such as the YouTube and iBook apps pictured below to really make the device all about media. Users will be able to purchase media, including eBooks and HD movies from iTunes. Apple has also announced an iPad optimized iWork app will be released, too.

AT&T is offering unlimited 3G data for the iPad for $29.99 per month, or 250MB of data for $14.99 per month, both contract-free. Activations are handled directly from the iPad, allowing you to easily activate and deactivate your mobile 3G service anytime you want.

The non-3G iPads will all be available in 60-days from now, with the 3G versions becoming available in 90-days.

The iPad is really just what many had expected, essentially, a bigger iPhone with app improvements. Few expected the device to run OS X applications, but unfortunately, that was simply not the case.

It is difficult to currently predict future expected earnings generated from the iPad, simply because many people have mixed feelings about the device. Some argue the price is too high for a device that simply mainly runs iPhone apps and because it lacks features such as GPS already found on the iPhone. The truth is, we’ll just have to let some time go by until we can actually use it, that we, we can better understand its true value.


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  • Mark

    I would NOT buy this for many reasons:

    1) I do not want a bigger iPhone that I can't put in my pocket
    2) There is not sufficient value to warrant the price
    3) Safari iPhone works perfectly fine and if I'm not mistaken the iPad has the same browser
    4) Probably can't jailbreak it for a while

    Glad I didn't put my money into Apple stock (like most people probably did) thinking the stock was going to skyrocket from this thing, it seems to me it's just a fail…unless there's more we are not being told.

  • Mukesh

    I might buy it, as the Kindle looks kind of dull…
    But price really is a barrier.

  • ????

    What the hell. All they did is make a larger IPod touch and IPhone. I would rather have it in my pocket, thats half of the selling point. This is POINTLESS my IPhone works 100 times better than that thing could ever!

  • Barkk

    what makes you think there isn't anything more that they're not currently telling us? i bet there's more….Apple just isn't that stupid

  • ronny435

    all of you, shut up and by me one :)

  • Alexandru

    Great job the Apple did here ! I will definetly buy this and try it … and I'm quite sure I'll liked it !

  • Nirja

    you don't need to jailbreak it, it's being sold unlocked!
    and it's prime purpose is not that of a phone but of a laptop.
    this is a touchscreen notebook! it's amazing, to say the least!

    • guest1234

      He means he wants to be able to use custom applications.

      It doesn't multitask, but there's an app for iphone that let's you. Or least store it in memory.
      When it says it's unlocked it means that you can use any telecom provider not you can use apps made from somebody who isn't approved by apple.

      it's a touchscreen device, not a notebook, notebooks have more power behind it. This does what it wants. Be mobile, but has some functionality of a notebook.

  • superduperappletrooperlol

    i will be getting one to use as a phone…thats what bluetooth headsets are for people… just keep the ipad in a bag. perfect for me as I carry a backpack almost everywhere.

    • csrainey

      call 911, see if you can hear the reply

    • Jeff

      idiots, it's not a phone, this article is wrong.

    • Tayoadeleye

      Hi, Have U been able to use iPad as a phone. I just secured one and looking for a way of using it as a phone in addition to the facilities it has. how possible is this?

  • Ace

    Finally technology i can carry easily in my backpack. No more headaches from squinting to see applications, text, movies.etc… No more headaches thank you!

  • firedealer

    I might buy it if it was also a phone because using a larger keyboard would be much better for typing faster and really using it as a business tool not a toy.. but only if it was able to be used as a phone along with all the other things it can do……..

    • http://business2press.com Hercules K

      Doesn't the fact of lack of flash support also serve as a barrier to buying it?

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  • RyderChadwick

    Even if it doesn't have a telephone connection, iPhone was designed to be represent the VoIP phones technology through SDK, an application for iPhone. This SDK was updated for iPhone to allow VoIP to accept other calls from the 3G networks. There aren't many differences between an iPhone and an iPad. In other words, after three years, the guys from Apple took the same technology and put it into a bigger device, that's more expensive and less comfortable.

    • Anonymous

      Voip was supposed to design an application so that iPad users could phone anyone using their tablet? Perhaps I’m not understanding what you’re saying here… nLilia Gephardt @ Custom serversn

      • Tayoadeleye

        Do you mean to say that it cannot be used as a phone to call and recieve  VoIP. Please clarify

  • Anonymous

    Even if it doesn’t have a telephone connection, iPhone was designed to be represent the VoIP phones technology through SDK, an application for iPhone. This SDK was updated for iPhone to allow VoIP to accept other calls from the 3G networks. There aren’t many differences between an iPhone and an iPad. In other words, after three years, the guys from Apple took the same technology and put it into a bigger device, that’s more expensive and less comfortable. n

  • Dharma Dharamvir

    incorrect news. the new iPad does not have phone!!

  • Dharma Dharamvir

    incorrect news. the new iPad does not have phone!!

  • Idam Obinna

    Please i really want to have one. how much will it cost me including shipping to Nigeria ?

  • JoelS

    All iPad owners who wanna make calls from their beloved gadget should check out Freephoo. I tried this awesome voip app at http://itunes.apple.com/se/app/freephoo/id411865638?mt=8&ls=1.
    Great connectivity through WiFi+3G, call clarity, simplicity, cool functionality and unlimited free calls to all your friends on network. Now thats lot of things!!!

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