Steve Jobs Unveils Apple's iPad
It's the moment the tech world has been waiting for ... drumroll, please. Apple has announced its latest -- and what some say -- greatest creation yet. It's the biggest news since the launch of the iPhone. In the days leading up to the event, reports said it could cost as much as $1,000 and that it could be called the iTablet or the iSlate.
Now it's final: It's called the iPad, and it's going to be aggressively priced so Apple can get as many iPads into as many hands as quickly as possible. Apple is betting that the iPad will crush competitors.
After bringing the music industry to its knees and revolutionizing
the way people buy music,
If you've seen the pictures and you've got to have it, place your order now and you might have one by the end of March. Most of the news reported has been positive, but there are still some unanswered questions -- and a few that we've all heard before.
iPad: The Good
Attendees at the announcement were impressed with the iPad's look and performance. Gizmodo.com bloggers were some of the first to try of the new device and said: "[The iPad] is substantial but surprisingly light. Easy to grip. Beautiful. Rigid. Starkly designed. And it's fasssstttt. ... It feels at least a generation faster than the iPhone 3GS."
The iPad comes with a 10-inch screen and weighs about 1.5 pounds.
Users will get what they're accustomed to having on their iPod -- apps,
videos, music, internet -- with Apple's newest addition, the iBook app.
Apple also unveiled partnerships with five major publishers: Hachette,
iPad: The Bad
Shoppers will have to pony up for the gadget. The 16 GB iPad with Wi-Fi starts at $499, while the 16 GB iPad with 3G coverage starts at $630 plus a monthly fee for the data plan. An unlimited data plan will cost another $30 per month.
If you buy it, you may want to want to protect it. Prices for iPad accessories haven't been released, but if you're willing to cough up $500-plus for the new tablet then you might consider the case / kickstand combination that Apple is offering. To make for easier reading, the iPad case will come with a built-in stand. Users also can purchase a keyboard dock (if they still haven't fully adjusted to typing on a touch screen).
Complaints about the iPad include the lack of a camera and still no support for Flash software (which is why you see that little box when you try to log on to some websites that use Flash).
iPad: The Ugly
In a move that could prove frustrating for many users, Apple decided to offer exclusive network rights to AT&T instead of acombination of providers.
iPhone users in large urban areas, most
First Hands-On Demo Of The New Apple iPad
Apple's iPad: 5 Reasons Why the Apple Tablet Will Flop
Few revelations from Apple had generated more anticipation than Apple's recent iPad product announcement. Though nobody knew exactly what the iPad would be, reports widely agrees that the device was to be a new type of portable computer akin to a tablet.
U.S. & China Trade Barbs After Google's Ultimatum
What began as a quiet post on Google's official blog has ballooned into a full fledged international tempest, with the U.S. and China trading barbs about the role of the government in regulating the Internet. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday condemned cyber attacks and called for an Internet where all have equal access to knowledge and ideas
Ultimate HDTV HD Television Buying Guide
We studied the hundreds of HDTV flat-panel television sets that plastered walls at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and have distilled a quick guide to today's key options
What's New in Consumer Technology and Electronics
The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is smaller than in recent years, but it's still where the world takes stock of what's coming in consumer electornics and technology. And obscure acronyms -- the valued shorthand of geekdom -- seem especially prevalent as new tehcnologies roll out. Here are five new technologies and getting a big push this year ...
CES 2010: Peripheral Vision
Kyle Orland, Crispy Gamer
Many video gaming hardware makers were showing off their new wares at CES 2010 in Vegas each year. Here are the most noteworthy of the selection shown at the show earlier this month.
Mobile Tech That Stole the Decade
If the '90s were the Internet era, maybe the '00s were the mobile decade. Technology packed ever more power into ever smaller devices, putting portable electronics at the leading edge of innovation this decade. With freedom of movement in mind, here are the top tech innovations of 2000-2009 ...
The Biggest Technology Flops of the Decade
The new millennium was born amid an Internet bubble that soon burst, not a good omen for the technology industry. The sector rallied, however, and continued to produce a remarkable run of new gadgets. But it had more than its share of flops, as well. Here are the 10 biggest debacles of the decade
(c) 2010 U.S. News & World Report