Apple iPad Tablet -- the Complete Specs and TiPb's Take on Them
For the spec fiends among us, Apple has posted up almost every little number you'd ever want to know about their new iPad tablet (except, of course, what silicon is powering it on the inside -- that'll have to wait for the inevitable tear down.
We'll take a look, after the break!
- 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 (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model; 1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model
Sounds a tad heavy to us, certainly heavier than the Kindle. Will we be happy lugging it around? Reading it while lying in bed?
- 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)
- Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
- Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
We're happy with the 720p+, but what's with the old school 4:3 aspect ratio? 1280 wide was a non-starter, or like the phatty nano, something that gets changed with the next version? IPS is the phenomenal LED panel technology used on the new iMac, which means great viewing angles.
- Wi-Fi (802.11 a/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)
802.11n is steller, and although BT 2.1 feels old, we're happy it will support BT keyboards (and want that in the iPhone!). The 3G bands means no T-Mobile US or Wind Canada except on EDGE.
- Digital compass
- Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
Digital compass is a must for Augmented Reality, and it's great to see both in the Wi-Fi only model. iPod touch should have gotten that in the G3 last September. Sorry, no gyro!
- 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive
This feels a little on the lean side to us. Since an iPod touch G3 can already hit 64MB, we were hoping for a 128GB option.
- 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
Here we go! Apple's own, home-grown PA Semi-spun silicon. We're guessing it has an ARM Cortex A8 (it's a tad early for 9) inside there, but is it using the PowerVR SGX like the iPhone 3GS, or something beefier? Also, as expected, no details on RAM but we'd hope for 512MB+ (hopefully 1GB!)
- Ambient light sensor
Same as iPhone and iPod touch
- 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
- Support for 1024 x 768 with Dock Connector to VGA adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Composite - A/V Cable, 576i and 480i with Apple Composite A/V 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
Also similar to iPhone/iPod touch, including the A/V cables. We'd hoped for an HDMI cable as well, as it's interesting if anachronistic to note the mention of Dock Connector to VGA adapter.
- 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)
Nothing new here either that we can tell. Selfishly, we'd like PSD added to the QuickView list.
- Support for playback of closed-captioned content
- VoiceOver screen reader
- Full-screen zoom magnification
- White on black
- Mono audio
Kudos to Apple for continuing the accessibility features, let's hope more content takes advantage of closed captioning and iPhone OS specific abilities!
- Built-in 25Whr 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
10 hours, given the size of the screen, is very nice.
- Dock connector
- 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
- Built-in speakers
- SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)
Yeah, but it's a micro-SIM card, which means you can't just take out your iPhone SIM and put it in the iPad. (Which may be the carrier's intention).