This morning Apple officially released the much-rumoured Tablet they have been working on called the "iPad".
Some specific details:
- 9.7 inch IPS Display
- 1024 x 768 resolution at 132 ppi
- 1.5 pounds
- 1/2 inch thin
- Onscreen Virtual Keyboard
- Custom Apple 1Ghz CPU – the "A4"
- Comes in 3 sizes: 16Gb, 32Gb, 64Gb
- WiFi / Bluetooth
- Optional 3G
- Assisted GPS on 3G models
- Appcelerometer / Compass
- 10 hours battery life
- 30 days standby
- Case that doubles as a stand (optional extra)
- External keyboard dock (optional extra)
The iPad runs all existing iPhone Apps in 2 modes – actual size in center of screen, or full screen using pixel doubling. Developers can also officially support the iPad display natively by developing apps using the new iPhone SDK which will be released later today.
Apple is now moving into the e-book space as predicted. You will be able to purchase "iBooks" via iTunes and read them on the iPad. Apple has made deals with several major book and magazine publishers. Can they do for electronic books and magazines what the iPod and iTunes did for music? Time will tell.
Apple is also releasing a completely new version of iWorks (Keynote, Pages, Numbers), with iPad versions at USD $9.99 each app to be purchased via the App Store.
Initial pricing in USD is $499: 16GB/WiFi, $599: 32GB/WiFi, $699: 64GB/WiFi. Add $130 for 3G.
Apple is expecting the iPads to be available for purchase in 2 months, and 3 months for the 3G models.
You can view a YouTube video of the iPad launch here:
Update: You can now view full details of the iPad on the Apple website.