Friday, February 23, 2018

Apple’s iPad – Who’s Buying it?

Yesterday Apple announced their highly anticipated tablet computer dubbed the iPad. Everyone knew it was coming and it seems Apple is the only company that could make a product like this successful. The iPad is really just a larger iPod touch or iPhone in all aspects. It comes out in 60 days and the big question is who is really going to buy this? Read on as we go over the new iPad and discuss its features and applications.

The iPad Rundown
Well like I said it is basically a bigger version of an iPod touch. The dimensions of the device itself are 9.56” x 7.47” x 0.5”. So it is very thin and weighing in at only 1.5lbs it is very light. Under the hood you have a 1Ghz Apple A4 custom designed processor and have a choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models.

It is an all touch screen device; Apple will be selling a keyboard separately. The screen itself looked very beautiful – it looks much like the iPhone screen, just bigger. The 9.7-inch (diagonal) glossy widescreen display is LED backlit, multi-touch, and uses IPS (in-plane switching) technology, which is new to us. Apple says this technology allows you to have a 178° viewing angle. So the max resolution on the iPad is 1024 x 768.

The iPad does have 802.11n WiFi built in and they will have 3G models available 30 days after WiFi versions ship. These models will be $130 more than the WiFi-only models. As far as data packages go with the 3G Apple has announced AT&T deals. The first deal is $14.99 and gives you 250MB of data and they have an unlimited plan for $29.99. No word yet if that is the “5GB unlimited” or actually true unlimited data.

The iPad runs the iPhone OS, which means all of your iPhone apps will be compatible and work right off the bat. So unlike the original iPhone you will have a HUGE library of applications to choose from when the iPad comes out. From the demo’s we saw yesterday the iPad scales these apps extremely well as they are designed for the smaller iPhone screen.

With the iPhone OS running on very powerful device like the iPad it is very responsive and things load extremely fast. Also the touch-response is very quick and seamless. Another thing that is very interesting is that many people already have an iPhone, so learning to use a device like this would be seamless.

Of course with a device running the iPhone OS you will have the iTunes store. So you will be able to easily download MP3’s, Movies, TV Shows, Apps, etc. Apple announced iBooks a new App built for the iPad, which is a book reader. With that you will have books in the iTunes store as well. The iBook App seems pretty cool you have a bookshelf with your purchased books on it. You double tap to open a book up and start reading. It seems very fluid and a huge jump over what Amazon is doing with the Kindle.

Pricing starts at $499 for the 16GB version that only has WiFi, the rest of the prices are listed below.

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
  • cjoki

    I agree with the usefulness of the iPad…limited, but could be well used in certain areas very well, like digital school books and even digital clipboards, medical charts and such.

    The real issue with it even in these areas is how robust is it? how well can one hold onto it? If I have a $900.00 digital school book but keep loosing my grip on it, well I do not want to payout 900 even few weeks because i'm a clutz.

    Your comment on the iPhone being revolutionary, I could not more disagre with. Evolutionary yes, but not revolutionary. The iphone has more or less the same features as a palm treo nd other devises. The distintion was by including the iPod touch screen and a slicker form….that all.

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  • I can't see myself buying it. Like you said, just a big iPod Touch.

    It has no camera, no flash, no multitasking. Just an iPod touch on steroids, in a prettier case.

  • I have to give it to Apple. Will I buy one? Most likely not. I think that not having Flash is a big deal breaker for me. But it is a start. Remember NVidia had a lot of books that uses the Tegra 2 platform that is about the same price, and you can bet those will have flash. If I was to buy a book It would have to have flash, color, affordable price, and powerful enough for a movie and some light web browsing. This will be a third option for me after I buy a laptop. Hmmmm, how about a DIY reader……….

  • With the lack of Flash, the inability to multitask and the 1024×768 screen resolution, I can't help but think the iPad is an underpowered overrated device that is sure to fail outside of Apple's small fanboy circle. Even many of Apple's own fanboys are scratching their head over the iPad.

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  • Shane

    I was honestly expecting a high resolution capacitive screen for graphic designers and artists to be honest or at least something innovative. Although I'm not an Apple consumer I was very surprised when I heard about the lack of features; I'm not sure what market they're aiming for with the exception of dedicated Apple consumers.

  • Chris

    Flash stinks anyway, so anything that helps hasten it's demise is good by me.

    “The first thing that really stands out is that there is no camera on the device. Many people use notebooks for Skype and with the iPad this would be great, but with no camera this is not possible.” Makes no sense. Plenty of folks use Skype w/o a camera.

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  • Mr Green

    Buy it and Install windows seven on it see if you can us it as a laptop

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  • i really cant see why i should shell out my hard earn money for this product, like you said its just like the iphone itouch and the kindle so wat make this ground breaking i still dont get it

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