Note - iPad resting on lap as user types in, clearly the challenges of inputting data have not been resolved by Apple's take on the tablet formfactor. It's an old issue, but I have to say we are dissapointed. The iPad is a device for content consumption, any hopes of a paradigm shift have been dashed. Your thoughts?
Accessories: keyboard dock... (READ: Apple failed to solve the main issue with tablets/webpads/keyboardless devices - touch screen keyboards are no match for haptic keyboads)
Engadget's take: "No multitasking, no phone calls, locked into App-store applications."
Hardware: 1GHz Apple A4 chip, Full capacitive multitouch 9.7 inch IPS display, 0.5 inches thick, 1.5 pounds, , available in 16GB, 32, 64GB flash, 10 hours of battery life.
Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wifi 802.11nn (some models with 3G), speaker, mic, accelerometer/compass, docking station conn.
DATA COSTS: data plans $15 and $30/month via AT&T (prepaid, contract free). All of the iPad 3G models are unlocked, and use the new GSM microSIMs.
Apple iPad pricing: $499 (16GB) / $599 (32GB) / $699 (64GB) 3G models cost an extra $130.
Typing on this flat sheet of glass is not as easy or confortable as a keyboard...
"ebook reader.... Amazon has done a great job of pioneering this... we're going to stand on their shoulders for this. Our new app is called iBooks. Five big partners... Penguin, Macmillion, Simon & Shuster. We've created the new iBook Store. You can download right onto your iPad."
Tablet Painting - how brushes looks on the iPad. "This is nice. Context menus for brush and color options. We're loving these new pop-over menus."
"10:24AM Steve is in Maps now. Zooming looks super fast -- no idea what this chip is, but it has no trouble handling pretty graphically intense stuff. Everything looks polished -- zero hiccup."Engadget writes; "On a totally separate note, we also received a tip claiming to have some specs -- we can't verify any of this either, but we're told that the device will have a 10-inch screen and look like a larger iPhone with a MacBook-like aluminum back, and that pricing will run $800 on contract with Verizon and $1000 without when it arrives in March. We're also told that the official name remains a secret and that Apple employees are still calling it by the codename of "K48" -- a name we last heard in May from the same source that pegged the iPhone 3GS exactly."
" This source also tells us that the iPhone will be coming to Verizon as well and that we'll see iLife '10 tomorrow, but there won't be any MacBook updates. A relatively safe set of predictions -- which is why we sort of believe them."