Just announced: Apple iPad Specifications (Should smartphones and netbooks be scared?)

| January 27, 2010 | 10 Replies

So we have the touch tablet, iPad (Genius name! -_-)

Steve Jobs announced today that Apple is the largest mobile company in the world (in terms of revenue). Bigger than Sony, Samsung and even Nokia.

They said that their new device had to be something in between a laptop and a smartphone. For simple tasks like web browsing/email/apps, Jobs says there needs to be a third category.

“If there’s gonna be a third category, it has to be better at these tasks — otherwise it has no reason for being.”

Is that a netbook?

“Now some people thought that was a netbook — the problem is that netbooks aren’t better than anything!”

Well…not really. Being a Uni student, if I’ve got to travel around from lecture to lecture, I’d rather type my notes up on a netbook (that has a keyboard) than a netbook/small laptop. (BT keyboard could help, but you’d need to lug that too)

Smartphones, you’ll always have with you. No need for a bag. You can spontaneously go browse a site, check maps, take a photo etc.

However, there are some great strengths with the iPad. Mostly due to the size of the screen. Gaming/Web Browsing/eBook reading..or iBook/Drawing/Video viewing/Sat Nav (but does it have gps?)…I think it’s not so much iPad vs Netbooks and Smartphones, there’s a whole different experience with iPad.



  • 0.5 inch thick
  • 189.7mm x 242.8mm (Similar size as the Kindle)
  • 9.7” LED backlit screen ..not OLED
  • 1024X768
  • 1.5lbs (for Wifi model)
  • 1.6lbs (for 3G model)
  • 1Ghz Apple A4 chip
  • 16GB – 64GB
  • 10H battery (real world hours?)
  • Accelerometer and compass
  • Capacitive Multitouch
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR
  • Runs iPhone apps, scales and doubles up on pixels
  • 3.5mm jack
  • 3G Cellular data (on select models)
  • 2 Plans for iPad owners 250MB data for $14.99 (You could sneeze $250mb)
  • $29.99 for Unlimited
  • No contract, cancel any time. (Seems like it won’t be subsidized)
  • $499 for 16GB (around £310 direct conversion but possibly more for UK buyers),
  • $599 for 32GB
  • $799 for 64 GB
  • $629 for 16GB 3G model
  • $729 for 32GB 3G model
  • $829 for 64GB 3G model
  • Shipping in 60 days for WiFi Models
  • Shipping in 90 days for 3G models
  • International deals will be known in June
  • Keyboard dock
  • Carrying case (turns into a stand, kinda makes it look like a laptop)
  • No mention of a camera
  • No mention of multitasking
  • No mention of flash
  • No mention of GPS
  • No memory card slot

Update: Full details now available over at Apple

images via engadget

Hands on iPad


iPad from 2006



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