Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Status Update: the iPad

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc., delivered his much anticipated speech today introducing Apple's latest creation, the iPad. I apologize for the poor quality of the video - which is weird considering it was filmed by CNET - but it's a clear and concise way of explaining, and showing you, what exactly the iPad is.

I do feel it's important to lay out the specs of this new device so I turned my way to Acquire Mag (by way of the homie LV) and they laid it out like this: "The iPad is a super thin design that's half an inch thin and features a 9.7 inch screen, 3G ($15 a month for 250MB, $30 a month for unlimited), 802.11 WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, 16-64GBs of storage, and an incredible 10 hours of battery life". Depending on size and internet capacities (WiFi vs. 3G), the iPad will run for between $500 to $830 USD. However, much to the chagrin of technology buffs, the iPad doesn't have a camera, there are reports that the iPad browser doesn't support Flash - which will make it difficult for some web pages to render - and finally, the iPad can't multitask. Not being able to open more than one application at once is my least favourite part of the iPhone and it's extremely frustrating that Apple hasn't been able to fix this problem.

While the reports on the iPad are mixed at best, the best comment I have heard so far is one person they would just wait for the 2nd generation to come out, after Apple has worked out all the issues, because the later generations of all Apple products have been exponentially better than the early versions (iPod? Check. Macbook? Check)

And if you think "iPad" is a funny/weird/stupid name, you're not the only one. Here are a few tweets on the subject.

With files from Cloud10LV, Acquire Mag and Wired

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