Alright boys and girls, let’s all welcome Apple’s latest creation – the iPad. I know, it’s a crappy name for an Apple product. Makes you think that the Apple boys seemed to have run out of ideas already to come up with a killer name for a supposedly killer device. But hey, we’re free to call it whatever we want. What matters is what it can do, right?
Frankly, the Apple boys maybe a bit confused as well when it comes to determining what they want the iPad to be. Is it a tablet? Is it an e-book reader? Is it a bigger version of iPod? Â Actually, Apple wants the iPad to be a bit of everything.
The iPad is definitely a Tablet, by looks alone. But it lacks the slide-out keyboard common to tablet PCs. But hey, it has a full capacitive multi-touch feature so that more than makes up for the lack of a physical keyboard.
It can handle games. Specifically graphics intensive Â games such as the one demoed by EA. It can even do pixel double so that existing games can maximize the 9.7-inch screen since all of these games were developed for the small screen estate of iPhone and iPod touch.
Most interesting function of the Apple iPad of course is the e-book reader part. It can definitely handle e-book reading task. But more importantly, Apple also announced it’s e-book store – iBooks. So, there are now three Apple gadget-specific, online store, iTunes, Apps Store and iBooks. And having an e-book store of its own means a lot for the success of the iPad as an electronic reading device. Fortunately for Apple, they have already made deals with four major publishers – Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, Penguin and MacMillan and Hatchett. The only information left is how much e-books are going to be sold.
Lastly, the part that got me excited? – Pricing. And it goes something like these:
- $499 for the base 16GB Wi-Fi
- $599 for the 32GB model Wi-Fi
- $699 for the 64GB model Wi-Fi
- $629 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G
- $729 for the 32GB Wi-Fi +3G
- $829 for the 64GB Wi-Fi Â +3G
U.S. release date will be late March in the U.S. and selected countries.
So, are you buying the iPad? I am, most definitely.