I don’t usually cover tech gadgets on this blog, but Apple’s new iPad is too good to pass up. After months of speculation, Apple Inc. announced today in the United States an iPhone-like tablet computer called the iPad starting at USD $499 with availability in 60 days. This tablet looks like great news for Apple, but very bad news for the Amazon Kindle and similar book-reading devices. In fact, if Amazon does not respond very quickly with a new offering of their own, the Kindle will be dead.
The new iPad will feature a 9.7-inch screen and a full on-screen touch keyboard. It is a half inch thick and weighs a mere 1.5 pounds. The iPad screen is multi-touch, allowing content on it can be manipulated with swipes and taps of the fingers. The device will be a combination iPod, iPhone, e-book reader and Web computer.
It’s outfitted with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Internet connectivity, and is powered by a 1-gigahertz Apple A4 chip and has 16 to 64 gigabytes of flash storage. The most advanced model will cost $829 with 64 gigabytes of memory and connection to a 3G cell phone network.
It’ll be interesting to see how soon this dream device will be available in Canada and, of course, its pricing here.
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