27 January 2010

New Apple iPad announced

Well, some of the leaks were right. What for the last few days has been termed the iPad/iSlate/iTablet is really the iPad.

Steve Jobs appeared on stage wearing his black turtleneck at 10 AM San Francisco to present the new Apple product to a cheering crowd who gave the cancer survivor a standing ovation.

As predicted, the iPad will boast the features of "an exploded iPhone," said Jobs. Users will have access to maps, address books, photos, iTunes, internet browsing, drop down mail and a keyboard interface. After a decade without change the Apple mail and calendar softwares have finally been revamped for this new product.

The thing weighs 1.5 lbs with a 9.7 inch displays (which means nothing to us. Comrade Bingo has been metric since birth). The iPad has between 16 to 64GB of flash memory and ten hours battery life.

"What is the battery life like? We've been able to achieve 10 hours of battery life. I can take a flight from San Francisco to Tokyo and watch video the whole time. And it has over a month of standby time."

Hmm. We'll believe that when we 've tried it.

All your current iPhone apps will run on the iPad.

Martin Nisenholtz of the New York Times came to talk about an app that he thinks might revolutionise the way we read newspapers. When the NYT announced last week it was going to monetize its site, we knew this had something to do with the launch of the iPad. Newspaper publishers are said to be expectant of what the iPad can do for their flailing business.

Finally, one of iPad's reason d'être is to compete with Amazon's Kindle. Steve Jobs presented a new app calls iBooks, partnering with Penguin, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, and Hachette. At first glance from photos online, iBooks looks a lot like the current iPhone app Classics and its store looks like the iTunes store. Like most book apps, iBooks allows you to change the font of the book your are reading.

We're still wondering whether iBooks possesses anything close to the technology of the Kindle which makes its screen look like the page of a book, a technology truly soothing to the eye when compared with regular computer screens.

[endgadget] [Guardian]

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