Available in March, starting at $499, and running almost all existing iPhone apps…
Apple unveiled its hotly-anticipated tablet device tonight in San Francisco. It’s called iPad, will start at $499, and ships to consumers in 60 days’ time. The device has a 9.7-inch touchscreen, is 0.5 inches thick and runs what looks like a modified version of the iPhone operating system. In fact, it’s best thought of as an oversized iPhone or iPod touch.
The iPad will run almost all existing iPhone apps out of the box, although developers will also be able to modify their apps to suit the device’s larger screen. It accesses iTunes in the same way as iPhone does to buy music, and syncs with a computer via USB to transfer media and apps across. Music didn’t play a role in the launch event other than that. Five tablet-optimised apps were demoed: two games, a painting and image manipulation app, a tabletised New York Times, and an app for baseball site MLB.com. There’s also an iBooks app and store for e-books, and a new version of Apple’s iWorks productivity suite.
The device will come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi-only versions, costing $499, $599 and $699 respectively. Customers who want 3G too will have to add on $130 to those prices. Apple has struck a deal with US operator AT&T for two 3G monthly data tariffs: $14.99 for 250MB of data, and $29.99 for unlimited data. The Wi-Fi models will ship in late March, while the Wi-Fi + 3G models will ship a month later. As part of the launch, Apple also announced that it has now sold more than 75 million iPhones and iPod touches, and that more than 140,000 apps are now available on its App Store. Link
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