Apple Introduces iPad Tablet!

As widely expected, Apple's "latest creation" is a tablet device called... the iPad! Here's the official press release, and some details from TiPb's take:

It looks like a giant, wide, iPod touch with a gorgeous display and enough graphics power to throw around HD video and handle very slick UI elements without any hint of lag.

Also shown off were Maps (including street view), iTunes LP and iTunes Extras, and Email, Calendar, and iPod functions that look like the iPhone but with a massive functionality boost from the Mac side, including pervasive use of popups.

It will run virtually all iPhone apps, unmodified. Pixel accurate, or via pixel doubling. iPad specific SDK ships TODAY!

  • .5 inches thin
  • 1.5 lbs
  • 9.7 inch IPS display
  • 1024x768 (Old school!)
  • Capacitive multitouch
  • 1GHz proc Apple A4 chip (PA Semi!)
  • 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • 802.11n WiFi
  • BT 2.1
  • Compass
  • 10 hrs battery life
  • 1 month standby
  • Running iPhone 3.2 OS

Images after the break, more as this develops!

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Alan Kay - Tablet-size iPhone Will "Rule the World"

9to5mac points us to a GigaOm interview with computer and GUI pioneer Alan Kay that says:

“When the Mac first came out, Newsweek asked me what I [thought] of it. I said: Well, it’s the first personal computer worth criticizing. So at the end of the presentation, Steve came up to me and said: Is the iPhone worth criticizing? And I said: Make the screen five inches by eight inches, and you’ll rule the world.”

Just under 2 hours and they'll take their shot!

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Happy iTablet Day -- Final Pre-Launch Rumor Roundup Ever!

Today's "Come see our latest creation event" almost assuredly sees Apple reveal their long in development, long anticipated iTablet/iSlate/iPad, and along with finding out the name so I never have to type that again, we should finally put to rest all the rumors, leaks, and fakes -- for this first version at least!

So while we all wait in anticipation, here's a final roundup to help pass the time:

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20 Things We Already Know About Apple's iTablet

Here I was dreading getting ready to write an article about how the January 2010 iTablet/iSlate/iPad release was poised to replicate the January 2007 iPhone release -- a completely unannounced yet still massively hyped product that everyone thinks will be a minor iteration on the previous big-hit product, with all the surrounding cheers and jeers to go with it -- when the saintly folks over at DOGHOUSE went and did it for all of us in tidy, 20 point form.

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NYT: iTablet to Use 3G, Run iPhone Apps, Protect Democracy

The New York Times says the iTablet/iSlate/iPad (latest probably-fake pic above) will have 3G, iPhone apps, and help protect democracy!

It will run all the applications of the iPhone and iPod Touch, have a persistent wireless connection over 3G cellphone networks and Wi-Fi, and will be built with a 10-inch color display, allowing newspapers, magazines and book publishers to deliver their products with an eye to the design that had grabbed readers in print.

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Monday Fun Video: Mosspuppet Review iTablet

What's a ton of hype without a bit of fun being poked at it, and after prying the mythical iTablet away from a plushy Steve Jobs, Walt Mosspuppet gives the full on, fake on, review.

Video, after the break!

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Politics and Practicality the Reason for no Flash Player on iPhone... and iTablet?

Daring Fireball has an interesting post up regarding the continued lack of a Flash Player for the iPhone, and the reasons why Flash support for the iTablet/iSlate/iPad is unlikely:

I’ll leave the last word to Apple COO Tim Cook, who a year ago said, “We believe in the simple, not the complex. We believe that we need to own and control the primary technologies behind the products we make, and participate only in markets where we can make a significant contribution.”

Flash is owned and controlled by Adobe.

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Updated: Flurry Analytics Show iTablet Running... iPhone 3.2?!

UPDATE: 9to5mac followed up with Flurry and heard back from Peter Farago , VP of Marketing. Farago confirmed that they'd seen iPhone devices running OS 4.0 but those left the Cupertino campus whereas the tablet device did not (for secrecy reasons?). Also, the types of apps being tested (news, books, games) matched what they believed a tablet device would run. Read the complete statement via the link a

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Crazy Rumor-de-Jour: AT&T iPhone Exclusivity to End this Wednesday, Verizon iPhone, iTablet "One More Thing"?

No one outside the contract signers at Apple and AT&T know for sure when US iPhone exclusivity ends, but HotHardware is stirring up a storm with the rumor that it ends this Wednesday, at Apple's "Come see our latest creation" event:

According to an inside source close to the going-ons involved in all of this, a new tablet of some sort may not be the only thing on deck for next Wednesday though. We have been led to believe by an inside source that AT&T will lose their iPhone exclusivity on the same day


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