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All the mysteries of Apple’s Tablet Unlocked: Ladies & Gentlemen, the iPad

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What is iPad?

The iPad is a tablet computer which is expected to be a breakthrough product developed by Apple. It features multi-touch interaction with print, video, photo, and audio multimedia, internet browsing, e-mail messaging, eBook reading, and runs most iPhone OS apps.

What does iPad look like (really) ?

Apple iPad back-viewThere you go – pictures from actual product photography all over this page. Also, see right below to watch Apple’s iPad advertorial video in Flash video format. If you are viewing this on an iPhone, you may want to go to Apple’s iPad web page to see the video in QuickTime format.

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iPad’s Technical Specs Overview

The device has an LED-backlit 9.7-inch (25 cm) color LCD display and uses a virtual keyboard for text input. Its operating system is expected to be called iOS in the near future while currently it is strictly based on the iPhone OS therefore capable of running most iPhone apps.

iPad Pricing

iPad prices for models in the United States range from $499 to $829 depending on the amount of storage and inclusion of 3G access.

iPad US pricing 16GB 32GB 64GB
Wi-Fi $499 $599 $699
Wi-Fi + 3G $629 $729 $829
  • Prices in U.S. dollars. International pricing will be announced at a later date.
  • 3G data plan sold separately.

When will iPad be shipping?

Wi-Fi models shipping in late March.
3G models shipping in April.

iPad’s Complete Technical Specifications

Size and weightiPad front and back view
Height:

9.56 inches (242.8 mm)

Width:

7.47 inches (189.7 mm)

Depth:

0.5 inch (13.4 mm)

Weight:
  • 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
  • 1.6 pounds (0.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model
DisplayiPad-Display
  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Ability to play HD movies up to 720p
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and special characters simultaneously
Capacity
  • 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive
Processor
  • 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
Audio playback
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit
TV and video
  • Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite Cable
  • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Mail attachment support
  • Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)
Languages
  • Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian
  • Keyboard support for English (U.S.) English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian
  • Dictionary support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French, French (Canadian), French (Swiss), German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian
Battery and power
  • Built-in 25 Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
Input and output
  • Dock connector
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
  • Built-in speakers
  • Microphone
  • SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)
Wireless and cellular
Wi-Fi model
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
Wi-Fi + 3G model
  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
Location
  • Wi-Fi
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
  • Cellular (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
Accessibility
  • Support for playback of closed-captioned content
  • VoiceOver screen reader
  • Full-screen zoom magnification
  • White on black display
  • Mono audio
In the Box
  • iPad
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • 10W USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation
Mac system requirements
  • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
  • iTunes 9.0 or later (free download from www.itunes.com/download)
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access
Windows system requirements
  • PC with USB 2.0 port
  • Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
  • iTunes 9.0 or later (free download from www.itunes.com/download)
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access
Environmental requirements
  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Information on this page about the iPad is based on the product info published on Apple’s web site on Jan 27th, 2010.


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8 Comments

  1. I’m disappointed to find out that the i-pad won’t be supporting Adobe Flash. Half the web is using Flash video (flv’s if not swf’s)
    thumbs down…

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  2. i don’t understand why apple insists on not supporting flash neither on the i phone nor the i pad. evertyhing else is perfect but how about flash?

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    • Why Apple won’t support Adobe Flash is that – as Steve Jobs said – on the Mac platform (which includes, in this case, Mac OS X and İPhone OS and the future iPad OS or the iOS) Flash is a buggy, slow, memory-hog. HTML 5, according to Apple, is the new trend which is fully supported by Apple, even today.

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  3. Here’s an excerpt of an article on wired.com also mentioned by Macrumors:

    Steve Jobs held a town hall meeting with Apple employees late last week following the iPad launch. Wired reports on what was said at the meeting by Steve Jobs. Two of the biggest topics included Google and Adobe.

    On Google, Jobs confirms the much-reported competition between the two companies.
    On Google: We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them, he says.

    As for Adobe, Jobs said they are lazy and Jobs blames Adobe for a buggy implementation of Flash on the Mac as one of the reasons they won’t support it.
    Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.

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  4. how come the i-phone is capable of playing youtube videos which should also be the case of the i pad? aren’t the youtube vids in flash video format anyway? why that exception?

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    • YouTube supports both Flash video and HTML 5 at the same time. So whenever you connect to YouTube with your iPhone or your iPad, the videos there will play thanks to HTML5 capability of Safari mobile browser.

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  5. I strongly disagree with the opinion that the i Pad will be a disappointment. Apple already announced the i-pad-version of its iwork productivity suite, followed by the omnigroup which make some great time-maangement and flowcharting apps. This also gives me reason to believe that filemaker would soon come up with Bento for the ipad – so a super tablet computer with a variety of cool easy-to-use 3rd party software with the addition of pro business applications from project planners to database applications for the ipad and all generating Mac-compatible documents.

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