Apple's keynote is starting in a few minutes where Steve Jobs is expected to take the state at the Yerba Buena center in San Francisco. What happens from there is anyone's guess, it seems the entire world is anticipating some form of Apple tablet, and so far the spy shots Engadget posted last night seem to be the most believable:

Nearly every tech blog on the planet is going to be providing some form of keynote coverage. On TouchArcade, we will be focusing on things that pertain to gaming. Stay tuned, things should start rolling soon.


Like all Apple events, Steve took the stage and wasted no time on getting knee deep in amazing sales statistics. Apple has sold over 250 million iPods since the initial launch in 2001, and since the inception of the App Store, there are now 140,000 apps and a few weeks ago they announced the 3 billionth download.

Wasting no time, Apple introduces the iPad:

So far the iPad seems to work exactly like a large, high resolution iPod touch. Or, in the words of Steve, "it’s so much more intimate than a laptop, and it’s so much more capable than a smartphone." Jobs has gone through the email, web browsing, contacts, media playing, maps and other functionality. The device itself looks amazing. All we need now is for Steve to load a game...

Here are the stats: 9.7" IPS display with great viewing angles, 0.5 inches thin, 1.5 pounds, all with Apple's world class multi-touch sensors. 16, 32, or 64GB of storage. 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, and a custom chip called the "A4" which "screams" at 1Ghz. The iPad also has accelerometer, compass, speaker, microphone, dock connector, and best of all, 10 hours of battery life with a month of standby time.

Steve hands the presentation over to Scott Forstall, SVT of iPhone software. According to him, “We built the iPad to run virtually every one of these apps unmodified right out of the box. We can do that in two ways — do it with pixel for pixel accuracy in a black box, or we can pixel-double and run them in full-screen. This is really cool.”

Scott goes on to show ESPN's Snowcross, both full screen and scaled to iPhone resolution:


The new SDK for developing applications for the iPad will be available today.

Two weeks ago Apple started inviting developers to get a sneak peek at the iPad, the first of which was Gameloft. Nova running on the iPad:


After showing apps for the New York Times, and a painting app called Brushes, Apple invited EA's Travis Boatman on stage to demonstrate Need For Speed Shift which is controlled either via touch or tilt, much like the iPhone version:

The iPad will have 3G data connectivity, pricing is as follows:

iPads will be available within 60 days, and pricing is as follows:

Detailed information on the iPad is now available on the Apple web site: http://www.apple.com/ipad/.

Photos by Gizmodo and gdgt.

  • GodSon

    Anticipation....

    • noah

      Not impressed with the device at all. It's a bigger iPod touch with re-designed apps.

      No cameras. No multi-tasking. Nothing ground-breaking.

      Le sigh.

  • GodSon

    Anticipation....

    • noah

      Not impressed with the device at all. It's a bigger iPod touch with re-designed apps.

      No cameras. No multi-tasking. Nothing ground-breaking.

      Le sigh.

  • Gmanall

    ...is killing me...

  • Gmanall

    ...is killing me...

  • minorpane

    Just heard about this on the radio...

  • minorpane

    Just heard about this on the radio...

  • NotYou

    The "No Service" on the top f the screen in the spy shots is intriguing. I'm oddly interested in this thing.

  • NotYou

    The "No Service" on the top f the screen in the spy shots is intriguing. I'm oddly interested in this thing.

  • Michael H

    where can I get live footage? I don't have TV, but REALLY WANNA SEE IT!

  • Michael H

    where can I get live footage? I don't have TV, but REALLY WANNA SEE IT!

  • Owen

    yeah, is there a live video stream somewhere?

    • Miked

      Apple usually posts video from these events afterwards, for those that are interested…

      • Owen

        aaah, i see, thanks

  • Owen

    yeah, is there a live video stream somewhere?

    • Miked

      Apple usually posts video from these events afterwards, for those that are interested…

      • Owen

        aaah, i see, thanks

  • Michael H

    THAT DEVICE LOOKS WICKED!!

  • Michael H

    THAT DEVICE LOOKS WICKED!!

  • Carmen

    Good job with the live coverage Eli! Super beneficial for those who can't be there at the event :o)

  • blackHorse

    iLoveIt! iPad - makes people look tiny!

  • Carmen

    Good job with the live coverage Eli! Super beneficial for those who can't be there at the event :o)

  • blackHorse

    iLoveIt! iPad - makes people look tiny!

  • Adams Immersive

    I hope it’s as thin as it looks.

    I’d have preferred widescreen for video, but 4:3 makes more sense for books I suppose. (Games are fine either way. Actually, many would be better on a screen like those, closer to square.)

  • Adams Immersive

    I hope it’s as thin as it looks.

    I’d have preferred widescreen for video, but 4:3 makes more sense for books I suppose. (Games are fine either way. Actually, many would be better on a screen like those, closer to square.)

  • Mario

    I dont know, I tough that the changes werent that drastic, is a big ipod touch. I think the software changes will be more amazing.

  • Mario

    I dont know, I tough that the changes werent that drastic, is a big ipod touch. I think the software changes will be more amazing.

  • NotYou

    Still keeping my fingers crosse for a decent price...

    • GodSon

      Man...you ain't ever lied!

  • Michael H

    where is the event? I might still have time to get there! ;)

  • NotYou

    Still keeping my fingers crosse for a decent price...

    • GodSon

      Man...you ain't ever lied!

  • Michael H

    where is the event? I might still have time to get there! ;)

  • http://www.slashcasual.com Kenta

    I'm going to need bigger pockets.

  • http://www.slashcasual.com Kenta

    I'm going to need bigger pockets.

  • Lukeb

    Why people will want to perform surgery in the games they play on this device is beyond me. Every four-eyed nurse and sister will want one eventually.

  • Lukeb

    Why people will want to perform surgery in the games they play on this device is beyond me. Every four-eyed nurse and sister will want one eventually.

  • ahamling

    I really don't think that's a 4:3 screen. It looks more like 16:10. Anyway it's a glorified iPod touch. Can't wait to see more though like how it multitasks and switches between apps.

  • ahamling

    I really don't think that's a 4:3 screen. It looks more like 16:10. Anyway it's a glorified iPod touch. Can't wait to see more though like how it multitasks and switches between apps.

  • MrMuesli

    Has he explained how to hold it yet? ; ) Seems to be a fundamental design fault to me, unless I'm missing something.

  • Michael H

    It runs windows 7??? IF I'm not mistaken, I think that's what was said. Not so excited about that.

  • Lukeb

    Give it a Reason of its own, and I'll eventually get one used.

  • MrMuesli

    Has he explained how to hold it yet? ; ) Seems to be a fundamental design fault to me, unless I'm missing something.

  • Michael H

    It runs windows 7??? IF I'm not mistaken, I think that's what was said. Not so excited about that.

  • Lukeb

    Give it a Reason of its own, and I'll eventually get one used.

  • Synther

    Hope the prices won't be over 700 euro's/900$. That would be a total rip off.

  • spiffyone

    Underwhelming so far, and if Steve REALLY thinks a tablet will in any way be better than a truly mobile device like the iPhone/touch for games, then what I've heard in the past is true:

    Steve Jobs knows nothing about gaming.

    Ironic, considering among the first gigs that got he and Woz the money to start Apple was their work for Atari's game division.

    Seriously though...just imagine yourself actually using this thing for gaming more than you would the smaller form factor of the iPhone/touch, or the better bet that is AppleTV (had Jobs the foresight to actually DO something with that thing, like open up an App Store). Some of you will be able to see yourself gaming on this, but others, like me, (and there are likely more of us, btw) cannot see the playing with something that size on the go, and at home...well...why not just use a home console (or, again, an AppleTV if Jobs would just see it as more than a "hobby"). Home use, heavy home use, kinda defeats the purpose of the portability of the device, and the device isn't as portable as the iPhone/touch in regards to gaming.

    Who the hell is this thing for, anyway?

    • SalsaMD

      Its for me–flying across the continent twice a month using Virgin America's on board WIFI... : )

      • spiffyone

        That's nice.

        Now how big is that consumer market?

        Compare that potential market to the potential market for a re-invigorated AppleTV, with better hardware and it's own App Store.

        Think about it.

      • SalsaMD

        Spiffy,

        Your discussion wrt to the Apple TV has always had merit. Time will tell where this products reaches out to...

    • Lukeb

      Certain types of producers. I could see a Peter Jackson using such a thing to review or edit storyboards on a plane; a Steven Reich sketching or reworking a minimalist piece of music for large percussion ensemble; an artist creating a low-art illustration with some brush effects for a magazine cover; an architech pinching, zooming, and developing with the assistance of a scalable AI drafting engine. Mostly it will end up being used by those will too much disposable income and no ideas that are both feasible and and worth developing. Something to help them eat more time just for the sake of eating it.

      • Lukeb

        *Steve

      • Lukeb

        * Architect.

      • spiffyone

        That's part of my point.

        I can see myself doing some of those very things. Might be useful on a shoot.

        I'm not stating it's a bad product, or that there isn't a place for it. What I'm stating is that, IMHO, the market penetration potential for this product is much lower than the iPhone/touch, probably lower than Macbooks even, and lower than what I think a new AppleTV, with App Store, would enjoy.

        Honestly, I don't see this as a "game changer" at all. It's really just a very niche product for very niche consumers. It doesn't scream "mass market" like iPod, iPhone, and even Macbook do. AppleTV, on the other hand, if Apple execs like Jobs would really see what they have on their hands, does have the potential to be more mass market and a "game changer".

      • Bruce

        I don't think it's a game-changer either, certianly not to the same reach that the iPod or iPhone have been. It does look like a cool item for the faithful, and I can definitely see buying one...

        When are they going to mention prices..? I can see spending a few hundred, but not $999.

    • http://www.spongefile.com spongefile

      There are plenty of iPhone games that would benefit from a larger screen. TouchGrind, for one. All kinds of RTS games. Anything that has been feeling cramped space-wise but shines thanks to multitouch and accelerometer controls.

      Mark me on this: It's a new kind of console. The expanded screen real estate makes all the difference in the world.

      • spiffyone

        The $500 price tag all but assures it will not reach the typical target user demographic for games: teens/young adults.

        And before you or anyone states "iPhone", I'll again point to the iPod touch, which has a younger skewing userbase and, apparently (from what information I've read on the net on various sites that track such things) makes up a rather large portion of the iPhone/touch game consumer base, to the point where anytime a new iPod touch is announced, game sales experience a very considerable and drastic jump.

    • Brian snyder

      Completely agree:

      1) it's too big to carry with you, which is why the iPhone and touch devices are so popular.

      2) you can't use it for regular home computing, you're stuck with whatever apps come out. It's a multimedia device at best.

      3) like you said, it's mostly for use at home, why not just play a console on a nice big screen tv?

      4) my laptop with windows 7 already has multitouch, I use my laptop the same as an iPhone already. Not many people know this, I don't know why touch screens on laptops aren't more common, but mine has it.

      5) the data plans are really expensive, you better have a wi-fi connection for web browsing or you're screwed!

      6) this seems like a rich kids toy, I don't see it catching on in this economy. It's just not neccesary...and offers little more than a super-portable iPhone...factor in the lack of mentioned portability and no phone- the ipad offers LESS than the iPhone.

      They should just add a phone to it so people can hold this bad boy up to their head like that one British comedian with the giant phone who yells! Hahaha, that would be priceless.

      Is it just me, or did anyone else have the thought that steve was holding a regular iPhone and it was actually Steve who shrunk.

  • GodSon

    DAMMIT! I need to see video! >=[

  • Synther

    Hope the prices won't be over 700 euro's/900$. That would be a total rip off.

  • spiffyone

    Underwhelming so far, and if Steve REALLY thinks a tablet will in any way be better than a truly mobile device like the iPhone/touch for games, then what I've heard in the past is true:

    Steve Jobs knows nothing about gaming.

    Ironic, considering among the first gigs that got he and Woz the money to start Apple was their work for Atari's game division.

    Seriously though...just imagine yourself actually using this thing for gaming more than you would the smaller form factor of the iPhone/touch, or the better bet that is AppleTV (had Jobs the foresight to actually DO something with that thing, like open up an App Store). Some of you will be able to see yourself gaming on this, but others, like me, (and there are likely more of us, btw) cannot see the playing with something that size on the go, and at home...well...why not just use a home console (or, again, an AppleTV if Jobs would just see it as more than a "hobby"). Home use, heavy home use, kinda defeats the purpose of the portability of the device, and the device isn't as portable as the iPhone/touch in regards to gaming.

    Who the hell is this thing for, anyway?

    • SalsaMD

      Its for me–flying across the continent twice a month using Virgin America's on board WIFI... : )

      • spiffyone

        That's nice.

        Now how big is that consumer market?

        Compare that potential market to the potential market for a re-invigorated AppleTV, with better hardware and it's own App Store.

        Think about it.

      • SalsaMD

        Spiffy,

        Your discussion wrt to the Apple TV has always had merit. Time will tell where this products reaches out to...

    • Lukeb

      Certain types of producers. I could see a Peter Jackson using such a thing to review or edit storyboards on a plane; a Steven Reich sketching or reworking a minimalist piece of music for large percussion ensemble; an artist creating a low-art illustration with some brush effects for a magazine cover; an architech pinching, zooming, and developing with the assistance of a scalable AI drafting engine. Mostly it will end up being used by those will too much disposable income and no ideas that are both feasible and and worth developing. Something to help them eat more time just for the sake of eating it.

      • Lukeb

        *Steve

      • Lukeb

        * Architect.

      • spiffyone

        That's part of my point.

        I can see myself doing some of those very things. Might be useful on a shoot.

        I'm not stating it's a bad product, or that there isn't a place for it. What I'm stating is that, IMHO, the market penetration potential for this product is much lower than the iPhone/touch, probably lower than Macbooks even, and lower than what I think a new AppleTV, with App Store, would enjoy.

        Honestly, I don't see this as a "game changer" at all. It's really just a very niche product for very niche consumers. It doesn't scream "mass market" like iPod, iPhone, and even Macbook do. AppleTV, on the other hand, if Apple execs like Jobs would really see what they have on their hands, does have the potential to be more mass market and a "game changer".

      • Bruce

        I don't think it's a game-changer either, certianly not to the same reach that the iPod or iPhone have been. It does look like a cool item for the faithful, and I can definitely see buying one...

        When are they going to mention prices..? I can see spending a few hundred, but not $999.

    • http://www.spongefile.com spongefile

      There are plenty of iPhone games that would benefit from a larger screen. TouchGrind, for one. All kinds of RTS games. Anything that has been feeling cramped space-wise but shines thanks to multitouch and accelerometer controls.

      Mark me on this: It's a new kind of console. The expanded screen real estate makes all the difference in the world.

      • spiffyone

        The $500 price tag all but assures it will not reach the typical target user demographic for games: teens/young adults.

        And before you or anyone states "iPhone", I'll again point to the iPod touch, which has a younger skewing userbase and, apparently (from what information I've read on the net on various sites that track such things) makes up a rather large portion of the iPhone/touch game consumer base, to the point where anytime a new iPod touch is announced, game sales experience a very considerable and drastic jump.

    • Brian snyder

      Completely agree:

      1) it's too big to carry with you, which is why the iPhone and touch devices are so popular.

      2) you can't use it for regular home computing, you're stuck with whatever apps come out. It's a multimedia device at best.

      3) like you said, it's mostly for use at home, why not just play a console on a nice big screen tv?

      4) my laptop with windows 7 already has multitouch, I use my laptop the same as an iPhone already. Not many people know this, I don't know why touch screens on laptops aren't more common, but mine has it.

      5) the data plans are really expensive, you better have a wi-fi connection for web browsing or you're screwed!

      6) this seems like a rich kids toy, I don't see it catching on in this economy. It's just not neccesary...and offers little more than a super-portable iPhone...factor in the lack of mentioned portability and no phone- the ipad offers LESS than the iPhone.

      They should just add a phone to it so people can hold this bad boy up to their head like that one British comedian with the giant phone who yells! Hahaha, that would be priceless.

      Is it just me, or did anyone else have the thought that steve was holding a regular iPhone and it was actually Steve who shrunk.

  • GodSon

    DAMMIT! I need to see video! >=[

  • Mario

    At least we found the keyboard will be like Iphone, but the screen will be vertical only, unless you have big hands.

  • Mario

    At least we found the keyboard will be like Iphone, but the screen will be vertical only, unless you have big hands.

  • UMD

    whats standby time?

    • Michael H

      The amount of time it runs with the screen black, but still on. :D A MONTH!!! WOOOOOO!!!!! YEAH!

  • UMD

    whats standby time?

    • Michael H

      The amount of time it runs with the screen black, but still on. :D A MONTH!!! WOOOOOO!!!!! YEAH!

  • http://www.ummband.com Andrew

    Can't say I'm sold on it yet. It's so much less portable than the iPod touch. It does look cool though.

  • http://www.ummband.com Andrew

    Can't say I'm sold on it yet. It's so much less portable than the iPod touch. It does look cool though.

  • Miked

    I'm sold; half the time I use my iPhone sitting around at home anyway. I'd certainly be happy for more screen real estate at those times. I wouldn't use this on a bus. But for sitting in a coffee shop, etc., it seems much more convenient than a laptop.

    • spiffyone

      Okay, but imagine, if you will, being able to just use an AppleTV, hooked up to your HDTV, and using that to do whatever you'd use this tablet for at home.

      For coffee shops, honestly...I just don't see it. A laptop is a bit of a different beast. You pull it out of your bag, you put it on the table, you get comfortable viewing angles and an actual keyboard to do touch typing. This doesn't fit any of those points, and is still too sizable for most "on the go" usage other than sitting and eating somewhere, and for that, you'd be able to use a Macbook.

      Everything the tablet does could be fulfilled by the rest of Apple's product line. And for a company that usually fears one of their products cannibalizing sales of another, it seems odd that they'd go with this tablet.

      • Miked

        I think apps on the AppleTV would be a good move, but the advantage of the iPad is that I don't have to plant myself in front of my TV to use it. Anyway, I already have a

      • Poedonk

        I don't have the want to set up all the stuff to access everything from a tv or what not. I move from location to location every few years, I don't have cable so I spend little time in front of the tv. I read and play iphone apps in my free time. This device is a near perfect fit for what I want when I'm at home in bed before sleep, or lounging around the house. I think your under-estimating the market for it and how keen apple is on release time. I was sold at iBooks. Kindle app, disowned.

      • spiffyone

        Even if I'm underestimating the market for it, the potential market is still smaller than that for a re-focused new gen AppleTV, with it's own App Store.

      • Num_T

        Hmm.... maybe try looking at it the other way round. It can be hooked up to an external monitor right? Can it be hooked up to a TV fairly easily? If so it replaces the AppleTV for me! Not the other way round...

  • Miked

    I'm sold; half the time I use my iPhone sitting around at home anyway. I'd certainly be happy for more screen real estate at those times. I wouldn't use this on a bus. But for sitting in a coffee shop, etc., it seems much more convenient than a laptop.

    • spiffyone

      Okay, but imagine, if you will, being able to just use an AppleTV, hooked up to your HDTV, and using that to do whatever you'd use this tablet for at home.

      For coffee shops, honestly...I just don't see it. A laptop is a bit of a different beast. You pull it out of your bag, you put it on the table, you get comfortable viewing angles and an actual keyboard to do touch typing. This doesn't fit any of those points, and is still too sizable for most "on the go" usage other than sitting and eating somewhere, and for that, you'd be able to use a Macbook.

      Everything the tablet does could be fulfilled by the rest of Apple's product line. And for a company that usually fears one of their products cannibalizing sales of another, it seems odd that they'd go with this tablet.

      • Miked

        I think apps on the AppleTV would be a good move, but the advantage of the iPad is that I don't have to plant myself in front of my TV to use it. Anyway, I already have a

      • Poedonk

        I don't have the want to set up all the stuff to access everything from a tv or what not. I move from location to location every few years, I don't have cable so I spend little time in front of the tv. I read and play iphone apps in my free time. This device is a near perfect fit for what I want when I'm at home in bed before sleep, or lounging around the house. I think your under-estimating the market for it and how keen apple is on release time. I was sold at iBooks. Kindle app, disowned.

      • spiffyone

        Even if I'm underestimating the market for it, the potential market is still smaller than that for a re-focused new gen AppleTV, with it's own App Store.

      • Num_T

        Hmm.... maybe try looking at it the other way round. It can be hooked up to an external monitor right? Can it be hooked up to a TV fairly easily? If so it replaces the AppleTV for me! Not the other way round...

  • ahamling

    What, no GPS chip?

  • ahamling

    What, no GPS chip?

  • http://hwww.pocketfullofapps.com Yourofl10

    OMFG!!! Cool.

  • http://hwww.pocketfullofapps.com Yourofl10

    OMFG!!! Cool.

  • Michael H

    They also tried out NFS:S and all the EA games will be on the device (not free, but optimized for the device). WOOT WOOT!

  • BdragonST

    aww looks like a giant ipod touch lol. i have a question.. what is the battery life of the ipad?

    • ahamling

      read the freaking article lol

      • BdragonST

        thanks, i will do it now lol

  • Michael H

    They also tried out NFS:S and all the EA games will be on the device (not free, but optimized for the device). WOOT WOOT!

  • BdragonST

    aww looks like a giant ipod touch lol. i have a question.. what is the battery life of the ipad?

    • ahamling

      read the freaking article lol

      • BdragonST

        thanks, i will do it now lol

  • YBG

    I am excited. I have a big issue playing games like SEED because of the control structure. As an adult with large fingers, it's impossible for me to effectively manipulate the character on the screen without it doing whatever it wants as I attempt to play the game.

    Price is going to be key, but if its in the $500 to $800 range it's coming home soon.

  • YBG

    I am excited. I have a big issue playing games like SEED because of the control structure. As an adult with large fingers, it's impossible for me to effectively manipulate the character on the screen without it doing whatever it wants as I attempt to play the game.

    Price is going to be key, but if its in the $500 to $800 range it's coming home soon.

  • blackHorse

    Only use I have it, really, is to run it in standby mode for that one month! No GPS? No camera? Has it got 3G? 4G? SD card slot? USB? Uh...

    • Loner

      no 3G =/

      • sk8erdude50

        u have 2 pay extra for 3g

  • blackHorse

    Only use I have it, really, is to run it in standby mode for that one month! No GPS? No camera? Has it got 3G? 4G? SD card slot? USB? Uh...

    • Loner

      no 3G =/

      • sk8erdude50

        u have 2 pay extra for 3g

  • LBG

    Hmmm, I think I'll stick to my iPhone.
    I really don't see the point in this.

  • LBG

    Hmmm, I think I'll stick to my iPhone.
    I really don't see the point in this.

  • Vende

    Can this replace a laptop? All I need is good internet and Word, just the bare essentials

    • ahamling

      I'm not sure cause there really isn't word processing apps on the store right now. But with this coming out I'm sure there will be some word processing apps just don't expect "MS Word" but maybe a third party app that can save it as a ".doc".

      • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

        iWork is available for the iPad. $9.99 for each app or $30 for all three. So you'll be able to open, modify, and even project (with a suitable projector) office documents.

  • Vende

    Can this replace a laptop? All I need is good internet and Word, just the bare essentials

    • ahamling

      I'm not sure cause there really isn't word processing apps on the store right now. But with this coming out I'm sure there will be some word processing apps just don't expect "MS Word" but maybe a third party app that can save it as a ".doc".

      • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

        iWork is available for the iPad. $9.99 for each app or $30 for all three. So you'll be able to open, modify, and even project (with a suitable projector) office documents.

  • Wladimire

    How the heck am I going to jailbreak this crap :S

  • Wladimire

    How the heck am I going to jailbreak this crap :S

  • Alienmario

    Just a bigger iPhone(!):( F@@@ nfs shift - port, novA also
    stream> http://www.ustream.tv/leolaporte

  • Alienmario

    Just a bigger iPhone(!):( F@@@ nfs shift - port, novA also
    stream> http://www.ustream.tv/leolaporte

  • Michael H

    There's a camera on it. Just hasn't been announced yet.

    • Michael H

      I think.........

  • Michael H

    There's a camera on it. Just hasn't been announced yet.

    • Michael H

      I think.........

  • MrMuesli

    I suppose the only thing I can see being pretty revolutionary about this, is if Blizzard ever made Starcraft 3 for it. A touch version on a screen this size would be pretty awesome.

  • MrMuesli

    I suppose the only thing I can see being pretty revolutionary about this, is if Blizzard ever made Starcraft 3 for it. A touch version on a screen this size would be pretty awesome.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    There is no reason that makes the iPad a must-have. Pity.
    It's just a way too big iPod! So, I think sticking with my iPhone and waiting for the next version is the best thing to do. Really boring device. They should have been putting a real Mac inside. But this way. Just a toy.

    • Bruce

      You say "big screen iPod Touch" like it's a bad thing! The one frustration I find with mine is that the screen is too small, so I am definitely interested in one of these - if the price is reasonable.

      • spiffyone

        Again, though, how big is the market of folks who think like you in regards to screen size vs. the market of current iPhone/touch owners who LIKE the iPhone/touch platform due to the very small size that you dislike?

        Apple's appealing to a very niche audience with this thing, IMHO. We'll see when the sales numbers come in, but I don't see this revolutionizing anything.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    There is no reason that makes the iPad a must-have. Pity.
    It's just a way too big iPod! So, I think sticking with my iPhone and waiting for the next version is the best thing to do. Really boring device. They should have been putting a real Mac inside. But this way. Just a toy.

    • Bruce

      You say "big screen iPod Touch" like it's a bad thing! The one frustration I find with mine is that the screen is too small, so I am definitely interested in one of these - if the price is reasonable.

      • spiffyone

        Again, though, how big is the market of folks who think like you in regards to screen size vs. the market of current iPhone/touch owners who LIKE the iPhone/touch platform due to the very small size that you dislike?

        Apple's appealing to a very niche audience with this thing, IMHO. We'll see when the sales numbers come in, but I don't see this revolutionizing anything.

  • Bag of Awesome

    I don't really see this doing anything more than my iPhone and Mac Book already accomplish, from a gaming standpoint I see absolutely no use. It doesn't have the portability of the iPhone and if I'm at home I wouldn't play it over my home consles. The only thing I see this being good for is on the go designers and similar professions, I just don't see it being sold in mass quantities, just more of a niche product. Granted I would love to be proved wrong.

  • Michael H

    Each app you buy will cost $10 including iWork, Keynote and others

  • Bag of Awesome

    I don't really see this doing anything more than my iPhone and Mac Book already accomplish, from a gaming standpoint I see absolutely no use. It doesn't have the portability of the iPhone and if I'm at home I wouldn't play it over my home consles. The only thing I see this being good for is on the go designers and similar professions, I just don't see it being sold in mass quantities, just more of a niche product. Granted I would love to be proved wrong.

  • Michael H

    Each app you buy will cost $10 including iWork, Keynote and others

  • Michael H

    You can have wifi or also 3g with iPad. Very cool! no use for 3g lol

  • Michael H

    You can have wifi or also 3g with iPad. Very cool! no use for 3g lol

  • Michael H

    two awesome plans - 250MB data for $14.99
    or unlimited 29.99

  • Michael H

    two awesome plans - 250MB data for $14.99
    or unlimited 29.99

  • Michael H

    PRICE= $500!!!!!!!! WOOOOO

  • Michael H

    PRICE= $500!!!!!!!! WOOOOO

  • Cranker

    No release date or price announcement yet ?

    • Michael H

      They just priced it. $500 for 16gb w/o 3g. $600-32g, 64g-$700

      • Cranker

        any release date ?

  • Cranker

    No release date or price announcement yet ?

    • Michael H

      They just priced it. $500 for 16gb w/o 3g. $600-32g, 64g-$700

      • Cranker

        any release date ?

  • Michael H

    lol.... Going back to work now.

  • Michael H

    lol.... Going back to work now.

  • GodSon

    Me= 32GB WIFI for $599 ^_^!

  • GodSon

    Me= 32GB WIFI for $599 ^_^!

  • Lukeb

    Considering that most iphone apps will reportedly run on this device, it's reasonable to predict that the golden age of competitive idevice *action* gaming is about to end. Some of the best games will be so much easier on this format that there's no way that players using both classes of device could be considered to be competing on the same footing.

    Online Idevice gaming will split into groups consisting of those who are either too casual or wowed by quality to care about such things as fairness controls in online play (e.g. no jailbroken or USB abetted submissions to the upper scoring anks), and those who will steer clear towards titles with the least exploitaspammability, such as those requiring more perceptual leaps on the part of the player.

    • spiffyone

      On the other hand, some games will be far easier to control using the smaller form factor of the iPhone/touch platform.

      It really is a strange little product, this iPad.

      • Lukeb

        The following statement, quoted from the hands-on iPad article, pretty much sums it up:

        "They felt that Need for Speed: Shift actually controlled better with the larget screen, as tilting the device had less of an effect on the screen.

        Also, as we expected, the sheer size of the device makes it impossible for your thumbs to obscure most of the screen as you're playing games like NOVA"

    • ed

      Yes, look at this:
      http://www.engadget.com/photos/apple-ipad-hands-on-0/#2656239

      I was worried about that big bezel inhibiting you from reaching buttons, but it looks perfect. You could play WoW on this thing.

  • Lukeb

    Considering that most iphone apps will reportedly run on this device, it's reasonable to predict that the golden age of competitive idevice *action* gaming is about to end. Some of the best games will be so much easier on this format that there's no way that players using both classes of device could be considered to be competing on the same footing.

    Online Idevice gaming will split into groups consisting of those who are either too casual or wowed by quality to care about such things as fairness controls in online play (e.g. no jailbroken or USB abetted submissions to the upper scoring anks), and those who will steer clear towards titles with the least exploitaspammability, such as those requiring more perceptual leaps on the part of the player.

    • spiffyone

      On the other hand, some games will be far easier to control using the smaller form factor of the iPhone/touch platform.

      It really is a strange little product, this iPad.

      • Lukeb

        The following statement, quoted from the hands-on iPad article, pretty much sums it up:

        "They felt that Need for Speed: Shift actually controlled better with the larget screen, as tilting the device had less of an effect on the screen.

        Also, as we expected, the sheer size of the device makes it impossible for your thumbs to obscure most of the screen as you're playing games like NOVA"

    • ed

      Yes, look at this:
      http://www.engadget.com/photos/apple-ipad-hands-on-0/#2656239

      I was worried about that big bezel inhibiting you from reaching buttons, but it looks perfect. You could play WoW on this thing.

  • Dice Y

    They showed a map app-that means there’s a GPS chip included, right?
    I wonder if the GPS apps will be updated for the iPad?

    • ahamling

      not necessarily. my computer can used google maps and it doesn't have gps built in. if your connnected to the internet google maps can figure out where u are with out a gps chip. i haven't seen anything posted saying it DOES have gps yet but it does everything an iphone does i can't imagine they'd leave that out.

  • Dice Y

    They showed a map app-that means there’s a GPS chip included, right?
    I wonder if the GPS apps will be updated for the iPad?

    • ahamling

      not necessarily. my computer can used google maps and it doesn't have gps built in. if your connnected to the internet google maps can figure out where u are with out a gps chip. i haven't seen anything posted saying it DOES have gps yet but it does everything an iphone does i can't imagine they'd leave that out.

  • JD

    Meh, its okay I guess. But why not just get an iPhone, it does that and much much more already. The only good thing about this is the fact that it gives a good idea of what kind of spec the next iPhone will be (its bound to come out in June like all the others).

  • JD

    Meh, its okay I guess. But why not just get an iPhone, it does that and much much more already. The only good thing about this is the fact that it gives a good idea of what kind of spec the next iPhone will be (its bound to come out in June like all the others).

  • Specter800

    This is possibly the most underwhelming showing ever... I'm speechless. In a bad way...

  • Specter800

    This is possibly the most underwhelming showing ever... I'm speechless. In a bad way...

  • jeffyg3

    Kinda disappointing. I was expecting some iPhone 4G news or something cause my contract ends this year and would love a newer one. iPad doesn't interest me one bit, if I were to get a tablet, that Microsoft Courier looks more interesting with its 2 screens...I'll have to wait and see.

    BTW, is there supposed to be an event announcing a newer iPhone? I haven't really kept much about Apple news recently.

  • jeffyg3

    Kinda disappointing. I was expecting some iPhone 4G news or something cause my contract ends this year and would love a newer one. iPad doesn't interest me one bit, if I were to get a tablet, that Microsoft Courier looks more interesting with its 2 screens...I'll have to wait and see.

    BTW, is there supposed to be an event announcing a newer iPhone? I haven't really kept much about Apple news recently.

  • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

    Ok, here we go. The device comes in 16/32/64 GB. There's Wifi only version and WIFI+3G. The prices are $499/$599/$699 for WIFI and $629/$729/$829 for 3G. 3G requires a micro-sim card and is unlocked for any carrier.

    There is no camera, no USB ports, and really no other I/O. The system is designed to be slaved to a Mac or PC for external attachments.

    Battery Life is 10 hours per charge.

    The iWork suite is available for the device at $9.99 an app. $30 for the complete bundle. It supports the standard Word/Excel/Powerpoint documents in both the old and new formats.

    If I missed anything, go here to look it up: http://www.apple.com/ipad

    • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

      Oh, I almost forgot. WIFI ships in March, 3G ships in April. But you can purchase both of them now.

      • http://www.drafternoon.com mek

        Since it is not even cleared by the FCC, i don't think you can order it within the United States

    • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

      Dang, Eli beat me to most of the details. Nice work Eli! ;-)

  • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

    Ok, here we go. The device comes in 16/32/64 GB. There's Wifi only version and WIFI+3G. The prices are $499/$599/$699 for WIFI and $629/$729/$829 for 3G. 3G requires a micro-sim card and is unlocked for any carrier.

    There is no camera, no USB ports, and really no other I/O. The system is designed to be slaved to a Mac or PC for external attachments.

    Battery Life is 10 hours per charge.

    The iWork suite is available for the device at $9.99 an app. $30 for the complete bundle. It supports the standard Word/Excel/Powerpoint documents in both the old and new formats.

    If I missed anything, go here to look it up: http://www.apple.com/ipad

    • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

      Oh, I almost forgot. WIFI ships in March, 3G ships in April. But you can purchase both of them now.

      • http://www.drafternoon.com mek

        Since it is not even cleared by the FCC, i don't think you can order it within the United States

    • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

      Dang, Eli beat me to most of the details. Nice work Eli! ;-)

  • Michael

    So, is this basically just a larger version of an ipod touch, but something not as big as a laotop?

    Seems kinda useless if you're just in it for portable gaming.

  • Michael

    So, is this basically just a larger version of an ipod touch, but something not as big as a laotop?

    Seems kinda useless if you're just in it for portable gaming.

  • Michael

    So, is this basically an enlarged version of an ipod touch, but smaller than a laptop?

    Seems kinda useless if you're into portable gaming

    • ed

      10 hours of video probably means around 6 hours of gaming. That's about twice what you'll get off an iPhone/pod. One reason.

  • Michael

    So, is this basically an enlarged version of an ipod touch, but smaller than a laptop?

    Seems kinda useless if you're into portable gaming

    • ed

      10 hours of video probably means around 6 hours of gaming. That's about twice what you'll get off an iPhone/pod. One reason.

  • ed

    I think it will be great for many kinds of gaming. RTS and other strategy games in particular, but there's more screen real estate for everyone. And it _looks_ like you could get some good action games out of it too. I think (hope) that this may pull devs and consumers away from cheap 1$ casual games into more serious console like games. Doodle Jump just wouldn't be the same on a device like this, whereas GTA: CTW should run like a dream.

    As for other uses, I think it could be great for students like me who either don't need or don't have the money for a laptop, but could use something for word processing, book reading (textbooks would be a dream on this), and browsing the web.

    Just like Steve said though, it better be good at those things.

    • Brian

      Um.... A good, dual core netbook is 400 dollars...

      • eD

        And is ruined by using Windows.

  • Maikelg

    I was kinda hoping for more of a laptop-like device instead of an oversized iPod touch. not even a webcam or microphone. I'm a little dissapointed.

    • chris

      it said it has a mic.

      chris.

      • Maikelg

        Sorry, I didn't catch that.. but still that's not really enough to win me over.

  • ed

    I think it will be great for many kinds of gaming. RTS and other strategy games in particular, but there's more screen real estate for everyone. And it _looks_ like you could get some good action games out of it too. I think (hope) that this may pull devs and consumers away from cheap 1$ casual games into more serious console like games. Doodle Jump just wouldn't be the same on a device like this, whereas GTA: CTW should run like a dream.

    As for other uses, I think it could be great for students like me who either don't need or don't have the money for a laptop, but could use something for word processing, book reading (textbooks would be a dream on this), and browsing the web.

    Just like Steve said though, it better be good at those things.

    • Brian

      Um.... A good, dual core netbook is 400 dollars...

      • eD

        And is ruined by using Windows.

  • Maikelg

    I was kinda hoping for more of a laptop-like device instead of an oversized iPod touch. not even a webcam or microphone. I'm a little dissapointed.

    • chris

      it said it has a mic.

      chris.

      • Maikelg

        Sorry, I didn't catch that.. but still that's not really enough to win me over.

  • Dave Bowman

    Cool device but 200€ too expensive.
    Only 16 GB flash memory for 500 Euro?
    I get for 15 Euro a USB stick with 32 GB.

  • RiverOnFire

    AT&T's 3G network is a big steaming heap of failure and I don't understand why Apple continues to be in bed with such a company that has the worst customer satisfaction rating. Why? They should have made it work with Verizon... period!

  • Dave Bowman

    Cool device but 200€ too expensive.
    Only 16 GB flash memory for 500 Euro?
    I get for 15 Euro a USB stick with 32 GB.

  • RiverOnFire

    AT&T's 3G network is a big steaming heap of failure and I don't understand why Apple continues to be in bed with such a company that has the worst customer satisfaction rating. Why? They should have made it work with Verizon... period!

  • Crunc

    I'd have to see this thing in person. Just not sure it's going to be a success. I'd be especially bothered if I can't tether it to my iPhone for 3G. Instead I'd have to pay for data all over again? That makes no sense. Since there was no mention of an option to do this, it seems like you probably won't be able to. For web browsing on a device of this size, yes, I want Flash. Without flash we are locked out of a lot of stuff. The iPhone I accept that with for now, but not something like the iPad. Apple needs to get over this anti-flash thing.

    • ed

      Yes, the iPhone tethering aspect was something that was bothering me through the presentation. I already pay more than my home internet for 3G on my phone, I'd like to get connectivity for free or at least discounted for iPhone users.

  • Howard

    There is just no reason I would want one of these.

    Seems like the kings new clothes to me...is no one at Apple willing to say "erm...I don't get it?!" :)

    (but good coverage TA, much appreciated!)

  • Crunc

    I'd have to see this thing in person. Just not sure it's going to be a success. I'd be especially bothered if I can't tether it to my iPhone for 3G. Instead I'd have to pay for data all over again? That makes no sense. Since there was no mention of an option to do this, it seems like you probably won't be able to. For web browsing on a device of this size, yes, I want Flash. Without flash we are locked out of a lot of stuff. The iPhone I accept that with for now, but not something like the iPad. Apple needs to get over this anti-flash thing.

    • ed

      Yes, the iPhone tethering aspect was something that was bothering me through the presentation. I already pay more than my home internet for 3G on my phone, I'd like to get connectivity for free or at least discounted for iPhone users.

  • Howard

    There is just no reason I would want one of these.

    Seems like the kings new clothes to me...is no one at Apple willing to say "erm...I don't get it?!" :)

    (but good coverage TA, much appreciated!)

  • Dave Bowman

    No USB port???
    Epic Failure!

  • Dave Bowman

    No USB port???
    Epic Failure!

  • HipHopTouch

    Honestly, watch the video at http://www.apple.com/ipad before commenting, clue yourself up on how well this little/large device will fit into your life, the additional attached keyboard is fantastic, the device will revolutionise how I surf the web, I'll no longer use my Mac for 90% of the ways that I do things and I'll likely go to bed watching more videos (if I jailbreak, allowing myself to add my own DVD's instead of buying AppleDirect which is Apple's only downfall/genius.

    Anyways, I'll buy on day one, a fantastic product with so much potential, in five years, we are truly going to see something unbelievable, the direction of electronics is truly becoming extremely exciting.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

      You can get your nose out of Steve Jobs' ass now.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    No real HD, no cam, no multitasking... really not a single revolutionary feature.
    This is the most underwhelming product Apple has ever released. Of course, it's a nice surfing device while sitting in the armchair (you really need to sit down, if you want to enjoy this thing). But that is BY FAR not enough. And then seing the product video on the Apple website makes me puke. All these staring faces speaking about wonders and miracles all the time. Wow.... And I'm a huge Apple fan, using Macbooks for years and being totally in love with the iPhone series, started with a 3G and now have got a 3GS - these devices really were innovative. The iPad is more or less beautiful but boring.

    • MrMuesli

      +1. The guys on the ad video are talking about this thing like its the second coming. Scott needs to seriously take a bite of a reality sandwich. He's been slightly overdoing it on the method acting me thinks...

  • HipHopTouch

    Honestly, watch the video at http://www.apple.com/ipad before commenting, clue yourself up on how well this little/large device will fit into your life, the additional attached keyboard is fantastic, the device will revolutionise how I surf the web, I'll no longer use my Mac for 90% of the ways that I do things and I'll likely go to bed watching more videos (if I jailbreak, allowing myself to add my own DVD's instead of buying AppleDirect which is Apple's only downfall/genius.

    Anyways, I'll buy on day one, a fantastic product with so much potential, in five years, we are truly going to see something unbelievable, the direction of electronics is truly becoming extremely exciting.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

      You can get your nose out of Steve Jobs' ass now.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    No real HD, no cam, no multitasking... really not a single revolutionary feature.
    This is the most underwhelming product Apple has ever released. Of course, it's a nice surfing device while sitting in the armchair (you really need to sit down, if you want to enjoy this thing). But that is BY FAR not enough. And then seing the product video on the Apple website makes me puke. All these staring faces speaking about wonders and miracles all the time. Wow.... And I'm a huge Apple fan, using Macbooks for years and being totally in love with the iPhone series, started with a 3G and now have got a 3GS - these devices really were innovative. The iPad is more or less beautiful but boring.

    • MrMuesli

      +1. The guys on the ad video are talking about this thing like its the second coming. Scott needs to seriously take a bite of a reality sandwich. He's been slightly overdoing it on the method acting me thinks...

  • Phil

    No USB port OR CD slot?!?!
    I think i'll pass on this one.

  • Phil

    No USB port OR CD slot?!?!
    I think i'll pass on this one.

  • chris

    yeah i can see my self using this to read comics, morning news, surfing the web in my chair. i could find a place for it in my home.. but man.. do i really want to dish out the cash.. or upgrade my old gen 2 ipod.. well im gonna be upgrading my ipod im afraid first.. but you know.. i can see this finding a certain market.. and it will do well at that.
    but would of been better if it had a cam.. at least you could of did video conferencing from your chair.. everything i hate about my laptop this fixes.. but i think i will upgrade my ipod first. :) i wish they would confirm gen 4 ipod having a camera.

    chris.

  • chris

    yeah i can see my self using this to read comics, morning news, surfing the web in my chair. i could find a place for it in my home.. but man.. do i really want to dish out the cash.. or upgrade my old gen 2 ipod.. well im gonna be upgrading my ipod im afraid first.. but you know.. i can see this finding a certain market.. and it will do well at that.
    but would of been better if it had a cam.. at least you could of did video conferencing from your chair.. everything i hate about my laptop this fixes.. but i think i will upgrade my ipod first. :) i wish they would confirm gen 4 ipod having a camera.

    chris.

  • Jon

    I think they're going way overboard on this one. 9.7"...really? It's huge. As stated before, it kind of defeats the purpose of a portable device. Whenever I've seen people with a huge Kindles riding on the train I just want to laugh at them. Why not just make the ipod touch slightly larger like maybe twice the screen size so you can still actually carry it around in a pocket or back pack. So you can actually play games with your thumbs rather than laying it flat on a table or something and tapping with your fingers. Can you imagine people playing driving games with this thing? Ridiculous!

  • Jon

    I think they're going way overboard on this one. 9.7"...really? It's huge. As stated before, it kind of defeats the purpose of a portable device. Whenever I've seen people with a huge Kindles riding on the train I just want to laugh at them. Why not just make the ipod touch slightly larger like maybe twice the screen size so you can still actually carry it around in a pocket or back pack. So you can actually play games with your thumbs rather than laying it flat on a table or something and tapping with your fingers. Can you imagine people playing driving games with this thing? Ridiculous!

  • cranker

    I assume that you can keep as many apps as can fit on the ipad, as opposed to the 13 page limitation on my iphone. Anyone know ?

    • chris

      you can get more than the stranded 11. all you do is fill up your screens.. take the sound recorder app. put it on the very last page. in the last spot that would be page 11 bottom right corner. download one more app too take the space of the sound recorder. then go to page 10.. drag a program over to page 11 and place it on top of the sound recorder app. the sound recorder app will vanish.. no big deal.. download another app.. and you will have a new page to add apps too.

      i have 18 pages right now.

      here is a page that describes it too if i made no sense at all.. which would not surprise me.

      http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=26892&highlight=pages

      chris.

  • cranker

    I assume that you can keep as many apps as can fit on the ipad, as opposed to the 13 page limitation on my iphone. Anyone know ?

    • chris

      you can get more than the stranded 11. all you do is fill up your screens.. take the sound recorder app. put it on the very last page. in the last spot that would be page 11 bottom right corner. download one more app too take the space of the sound recorder. then go to page 10.. drag a program over to page 11 and place it on top of the sound recorder app. the sound recorder app will vanish.. no big deal.. download another app.. and you will have a new page to add apps too.

      i have 18 pages right now.

      here is a page that describes it too if i made no sense at all.. which would not surprise me.

      http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=26892&highlight=pages

      chris.

  • Miffy

    Looks like a big version of the Iphone so I don't see the point to it. Ain't powerful enough to play Laptop games so why not just get a laptop? I mean I can't see myself carrying it around with me like a Mobile because it is too big. So you'd need a bag for it and well if I'm gonna need a bag then I'll carry a Laptop with me lol. Another advantage of the Laptop is it has a proper keyboard built in so you can play games and type up anything much faster.

    I'm also guessing this will be a closed OS like the Iphone so again just get a Laptop because you can customize that however you want.

  • Miffy

    Looks like a big version of the Iphone so I don't see the point to it. Ain't powerful enough to play Laptop games so why not just get a laptop? I mean I can't see myself carrying it around with me like a Mobile because it is too big. So you'd need a bag for it and well if I'm gonna need a bag then I'll carry a Laptop with me lol. Another advantage of the Laptop is it has a proper keyboard built in so you can play games and type up anything much faster.

    I'm also guessing this will be a closed OS like the Iphone so again just get a Laptop because you can customize that however you want.

  • Mr Slinky Spring

    Have to have one but where's the front facing camera for video-conferencing?
    What's the maximum screen res? Maybe the next iphone will have the same res and a 1ghz cpu too, giving games makers a much bigger audience and incentive to make top end games by the middle of this year? What will the refresh cycle be on this thing? Annually? 18 months? 2 Years? I guess as soon as the 4g networks are up they'll upgrade the hardware.

    Flustered. Gotta have one!

  • Mr Slinky Spring

    Have to have one but where's the front facing camera for video-conferencing?
    What's the maximum screen res? Maybe the next iphone will have the same res and a 1ghz cpu too, giving games makers a much bigger audience and incentive to make top end games by the middle of this year? What will the refresh cycle be on this thing? Annually? 18 months? 2 Years? I guess as soon as the 4g networks are up they'll upgrade the hardware.

    Flustered. Gotta have one!

  • Jon

    One way I could see this being kinda of cool for gaming would be if you could blue tooth your ipod touch to the ipad and use it as a controller. The Ipod could either be used as a D-pad, a touch pad, or an accelerometer. Of course you would need some type of stand to make this work so it really would be for home use.

    • spiffyone

      You've pretty much, in that little write up, described part of what Apple could do with AppleTV. And, hell, you wouldn't really even need to use your iPhone or iPod touch (because why limit the user base to current iPhone/touch owners?): you could use a new Apple Remote that has a built in accelerometer and touch interface (ala Magic Mouse).

      So many missed opportunities by Apple....

  • Jon

    One way I could see this being kinda of cool for gaming would be if you could blue tooth your ipod touch to the ipad and use it as a controller. The Ipod could either be used as a D-pad, a touch pad, or an accelerometer. Of course you would need some type of stand to make this work so it really would be for home use.

    • spiffyone

      You've pretty much, in that little write up, described part of what Apple could do with AppleTV. And, hell, you wouldn't really even need to use your iPhone or iPod touch (because why limit the user base to current iPhone/touch owners?): you could use a new Apple Remote that has a built in accelerometer and touch interface (ala Magic Mouse).

      So many missed opportunities by Apple....

  • Mike

    It is nothing more than a large Touch, can't make phone calls, or SMS, 3G is extra, no USB ports, can't multi-task, no camera, runs apps but not Mac programs... I would have liked to see a powerful Mac running on the tablet.
    I just do not see any reason to have it. I am happy enough with my 3GS... I thought the best part of the presentation was when he says you can put different backgrounds on... We have been able to do that on jailbroken phones for awhile... No thanks Steve. It will be as popular as the Apple TV.

    • spiffyone

      Except the AppleTV can be more popular, if Apple would just upgrade the hardware, release an official SDK, and open an AppleTV App Store ala iPhone/touch.

      IMHO, bigger potential market for a true next gen AppleTV. PS3, XBox 360, and even Wii are getting in on the video and music download train. So why doesn't Apple one-up all of them? Doesn't have to be an uber game console, it just has to be for the living room what the iPhone/touch is to the "on the go" mobile lifestyle. And it wouldn't overlap with any consumer market like this thing will.

  • Mike

    It is nothing more than a large Touch, can't make phone calls, or SMS, 3G is extra, no USB ports, can't multi-task, no camera, runs apps but not Mac programs... I would have liked to see a powerful Mac running on the tablet.
    I just do not see any reason to have it. I am happy enough with my 3GS... I thought the best part of the presentation was when he says you can put different backgrounds on... We have been able to do that on jailbroken phones for awhile... No thanks Steve. It will be as popular as the Apple TV.

    • spiffyone

      Except the AppleTV can be more popular, if Apple would just upgrade the hardware, release an official SDK, and open an AppleTV App Store ala iPhone/touch.

      IMHO, bigger potential market for a true next gen AppleTV. PS3, XBox 360, and even Wii are getting in on the video and music download train. So why doesn't Apple one-up all of them? Doesn't have to be an uber game console, it just has to be for the living room what the iPhone/touch is to the "on the go" mobile lifestyle. And it wouldn't overlap with any consumer market like this thing will.

  • Chad

    I kept waiting for Rick Moranis to come out and say Honey I blew up the Ipod Touch. Not too impressive to me.

  • Chad

    I kept waiting for Rick Moranis to come out and say Honey I blew up the Ipod Touch. Not too impressive to me.

  • chris

    i just got done watching the apple promo.. and the are pimping this hard core for surfing the web.. so will the ipad support java, flash?

    chris.

  • chris

    i just got done watching the apple promo.. and the are pimping this hard core for surfing the web.. so will the ipad support java, flash?

    chris.

  • Bruno7

    Well, I really don't understand why is everybody upset and thinking that this must be a FAIL for Apple. Apple wanted to create something that fits right IN BETWEEN a phone and a laptop. Isn't this exactly that device? If you want fully portable thing, get an iPhone. If you want full OS X and do some real work on the go, get Macbook. Why even someone here complained about having to sit down to work with iPad? Would you work on your spreadsheets on your netbook while walking on the street? You wouldn't. I myself have been waiting forever for MBP refresh, but I can see myself ending up with iMac and iPad instead. It'll cost me less and my backpack will be lighter. I think that we haven't realized iPad's potential. Look at its version of iWork. It's just a start. Imagine what can developers come up with in the next two or three months. So many iPhone apps are already amazing, now look at the screen estate and power of iPad!
    Yes, they could've come up with at least slightly different version of iPhone OS, they opted for the simplicity instead. I don't see anything wrong here.
    And I still believe that Apple knows what they're doing.
    If you need to do hard work on the go, ie photo and video editing, get a laptop or wait for few months for new apps.
    If you want to watch some movies on a larger screen, write a novel, browse a net or play some awesome games on the go, get an iPad!

    • spiffyone

      So then wouldn't it mean possibly eating into MB sales, which is something Apple wanted to avoid in the past by NOT releasing a netbook? And, for that matter, it might even eat a little into iPod touch sales as some will avoid the touch to get a bigger device (these will be few and far in between, IMHO, as part of the "charm" of touch is the small form factor).

      • Bruno7

        You're right, it might actually take away some sales from MB and Touch line.
        But the major drawback as I see it, is the fact that you just cannot have an iPad as the only computer. I know people, mainly older ones, who have netbooks and nothing else. And that's impossible with iPad, you just must have another computer at home...

  • Bruno7

    Well, I really don't understand why is everybody upset and thinking that this must be a FAIL for Apple. Apple wanted to create something that fits right IN BETWEEN a phone and a laptop. Isn't this exactly that device? If you want fully portable thing, get an iPhone. If you want full OS X and do some real work on the go, get Macbook. Why even someone here complained about having to sit down to work with iPad? Would you work on your spreadsheets on your netbook while walking on the street? You wouldn't. I myself have been waiting forever for MBP refresh, but I can see myself ending up with iMac and iPad instead. It'll cost me less and my backpack will be lighter. I think that we haven't realized iPad's potential. Look at its version of iWork. It's just a start. Imagine what can developers come up with in the next two or three months. So many iPhone apps are already amazing, now look at the screen estate and power of iPad!
    Yes, they could've come up with at least slightly different version of iPhone OS, they opted for the simplicity instead. I don't see anything wrong here.
    And I still believe that Apple knows what they're doing.
    If you need to do hard work on the go, ie photo and video editing, get a laptop or wait for few months for new apps.
    If you want to watch some movies on a larger screen, write a novel, browse a net or play some awesome games on the go, get an iPad!

    • spiffyone

      So then wouldn't it mean possibly eating into MB sales, which is something Apple wanted to avoid in the past by NOT releasing a netbook? And, for that matter, it might even eat a little into iPod touch sales as some will avoid the touch to get a bigger device (these will be few and far in between, IMHO, as part of the "charm" of touch is the small form factor).

      • Bruno7

        You're right, it might actually take away some sales from MB and Touch line.
        But the major drawback as I see it, is the fact that you just cannot have an iPad as the only computer. I know people, mainly older ones, who have netbooks and nothing else. And that's impossible with iPad, you just must have another computer at home...

  • dre

    The next FAIL after the Macbook AIR ;) just kidding

  • dre

    The next FAIL after the Macbook AIR ;) just kidding

  • Bruce

    Sheesh, there sure are a lot of negative responders. Does anyone else out there besides me actually _like_ what Apple announced?

    I think one of these would be great, and $499 for the entry model seems very reasonable to me. I use my iPod Touch for a variety of tasks through the day, and my only real complaint has been that the screen is way too small. I could definitely see carrying one of these around for reading, web surfing, some gaming, etc.

    • spiffyone

      Honestly, I like it as an individual consumer. I could even see myself using one (though lack of multitasking is a glaring issue, IMHO).

      That said, looking at it from a market standpoint...this thing doesn't seem very revolutionary at all. It's a big iPod touch. How large is the market for such a device? IMHO...not very large at all.

  • Bruce

    Sheesh, there sure are a lot of negative responders. Does anyone else out there besides me actually _like_ what Apple announced?

    I think one of these would be great, and $499 for the entry model seems very reasonable to me. I use my iPod Touch for a variety of tasks through the day, and my only real complaint has been that the screen is way too small. I could definitely see carrying one of these around for reading, web surfing, some gaming, etc.

    • spiffyone

      Honestly, I like it as an individual consumer. I could even see myself using one (though lack of multitasking is a glaring issue, IMHO).

      That said, looking at it from a market standpoint...this thing doesn't seem very revolutionary at all. It's a big iPod touch. How large is the market for such a device? IMHO...not very large at all.

  • Miffy

    Doesn't even support Flash player so browsing the internet will be useless for a lot of sites.

  • Miffy

    Doesn't even support Flash player so browsing the internet will be useless for a lot of sites.

  • Crunc

    I think I've got a wait and see attitude. There's potential and as someone pointed out on another message board, a lot of the same complaints and predictions of failure were made about the iPod touch when it was introduced. Needless to say, those predictions didn't exactly pan out.

    My biggest disappointment by far, though, is that there was no mention of iPhone/iPod touch OS 4.0. Oh well. Maybe they are saving that for another press conference.

  • Crunc

    I think I've got a wait and see attitude. There's potential and as someone pointed out on another message board, a lot of the same complaints and predictions of failure were made about the iPod touch when it was introduced. Needless to say, those predictions didn't exactly pan out.

    My biggest disappointment by far, though, is that there was no mention of iPhone/iPod touch OS 4.0. Oh well. Maybe they are saving that for another press conference.

  • araczynski

    nice, but i only cared about it for the gaming. too big to be portable, hence only usable at home. not going to use it at home when i already have a gaming pc, 3 consoles, and an itouch.

    oh well, maybe some day.

  • araczynski

    nice, but i only cared about it for the gaming. too big to be portable, hence only usable at home. not going to use it at home when i already have a gaming pc, 3 consoles, and an itouch.

    oh well, maybe some day.

  • Acidbottle

    i still dont want one, but thanks anyways :)

  • Acidbottle

    i still dont want one, but thanks anyways :)

  • Shadowsfall

    Meh... 16-32Gb? Okay I kinda thought it was freaking amazing at first, but a laptop can run much better, since it has more GB, has a real keyboard, etc. I thought this would be some kickass apple computer running Leopard o_o...

  • Shadowsfall

    Meh... 16-32Gb? Okay I kinda thought it was freaking amazing at first, but a laptop can run much better, since it has more GB, has a real keyboard, etc. I thought this would be some kickass apple computer running Leopard o_o...

  • HistorySchol

    No GPS
    No Camera (with LED Flash)
    No Multitasking
    No OLED Screen
    An extremely disappointing 256 MB of RAM!
    No Additional Touch Gestures
    No Videocalling/conferencing/iChat
    No Handwriting Recognition or Support for a Stylus
    No Wireless Syncing or File Transfers
    No File Management or Freedom to download files (even documents) from online
    No Ability to run custom Apps not preapproved by Apple and sold via the App Store
    A Very Low Resolution Display with 25% fewer PPPs than the iPhone or iPod Touch
    No integrated TV antenna or Radio antenna (They even developed a HD DTV Tuner for use in cellphones to allow users to pick up OTA HDTV signals on the go! Why they didn't include this technology in this device I won't understand)
    No Video Out
    According to Apple's page on the product, the maximum resolution it is capable of playing MPEG4s at is 640x480 resolution at 30 fps. Not even HD! It features a 1 Ghz processor that significantly slower than just about every single notebook on the market today.
    No OTA Sync With Apple TV or Servers To Stream Video
    No Low Reflective Screen Mode for high contrast Ebook Reading that doesn't hurt your eyes
    Only 64 mbs of HDD space
    No Gamepad attachment for Gaming With Physical Buttons/Tactile Feedback
    No bluetooth, or ability to connect to a bluetooth mouse/keyboard
    No RFID/IR to use it as a remote, or to tag it to yourself
    No Replacable/Removable Batteries
    No Java or Flash support (no hulu.com)
    No ability to connect to an extrernal hdd, or even to pop in an SDCard

    • Yog Shoggoth

      H.264 video up to 720p

    • Yog Shoggoth

      Oh and CPU speed (1GHz) means nothing.

    • Num_T

      Jesus... what is wrong with you people....

  • HistorySchol

    No GPS
    No Camera (with LED Flash)
    No Multitasking
    No OLED Screen
    An extremely disappointing 256 MB of RAM!
    No Additional Touch Gestures
    No Videocalling/conferencing/iChat
    No Handwriting Recognition or Support for a Stylus
    No Wireless Syncing or File Transfers
    No File Management or Freedom to download files (even documents) from online
    No Ability to run custom Apps not preapproved by Apple and sold via the App Store
    A Very Low Resolution Display with 25% fewer PPPs than the iPhone or iPod Touch
    No integrated TV antenna or Radio antenna (They even developed a HD DTV Tuner for use in cellphones to allow users to pick up OTA HDTV signals on the go! Why they didn't include this technology in this device I won't understand)
    No Video Out
    According to Apple's page on the product, the maximum resolution it is capable of playing MPEG4s at is 640x480 resolution at 30 fps. Not even HD! It features a 1 Ghz processor that significantly slower than just about every single notebook on the market today.
    No OTA Sync With Apple TV or Servers To Stream Video
    No Low Reflective Screen Mode for high contrast Ebook Reading that doesn't hurt your eyes
    Only 64 mbs of HDD space
    No Gamepad attachment for Gaming With Physical Buttons/Tactile Feedback
    No bluetooth, or ability to connect to a bluetooth mouse/keyboard
    No RFID/IR to use it as a remote, or to tag it to yourself
    No Replacable/Removable Batteries
    No Java or Flash support (no hulu.com)
    No ability to connect to an extrernal hdd, or even to pop in an SDCard

    • Yog Shoggoth

      H.264 video up to 720p

    • Yog Shoggoth

      Oh and CPU speed (1GHz) means nothing.

    • Num_T

      Jesus... what is wrong with you people....

  • Simon

    I don't know what people were expecting, but this is what I thought was coming out. No iChat on it? Same disappointment I felt when the iPhone came out without video chat. But, no biggie. It's a Kindle plus all the rest. I like it. But I must say I also had HIGH expectations on it... same as the disappointing iPhone 2G, for which I changed my mind once I started playing with it! Same sad comments, "FAIL" etc... for the iPhone 3 years ago. Wow, no keyboard, that sucks, bla bla bla... Let's see where the iPad is in one year! I'm giving it a chance.

  • Simon

    I don't know what people were expecting, but this is what I thought was coming out. No iChat on it? Same disappointment I felt when the iPhone came out without video chat. But, no biggie. It's a Kindle plus all the rest. I like it. But I must say I also had HIGH expectations on it... same as the disappointing iPhone 2G, for which I changed my mind once I started playing with it! Same sad comments, "FAIL" etc... for the iPhone 3 years ago. Wow, no keyboard, that sucks, bla bla bla... Let's see where the iPad is in one year! I'm giving it a chance.

  • Random

    "it’s so much less functional than a laptop, and it’s so much more cumbersome than a smartphone."

    Seriously though, I can see our company buying one of these to use a portable presentation tool, but as a consumer I have no use for this, and as a developer I can't see the market being big enough to warrant the development of iPad-specific apps.

    It will be interesting to see how this pans out...

  • Random

    "it’s so much less functional than a laptop, and it’s so much more cumbersome than a smartphone."

    Seriously though, I can see our company buying one of these to use a portable presentation tool, but as a consumer I have no use for this, and as a developer I can't see the market being big enough to warrant the development of iPad-specific apps.

    It will be interesting to see how this pans out...

  • Chad

    Kick Jobs to the curve. He's not being anything revolutionary to the table anymore.

    • Bruce

      'curb'...

  • Chad

    Kick Jobs to the curve. He's not being anything revolutionary to the table anymore.

    • Bruce

      'curb'...

  • Simon

    Do people really want to have to hold this with one hand (and operate it with a single hand) or place it on a flat surface and get a sore neck looking down at it. Can you really operate the touch screen with the flimsy looking desktop stand without having to superglue it to your desk? How long till the hype dies down and people look more closely at the ergonomics of actually using this day to day?

    Compare these ergonomics to a laptop...this is surely a big step backwards!

    Plus, this is a basic model missing a lot of core features so you will have to buy it again and again as apple drip feeds additional functionality. Great for Apples profits but not for your wallet or the environment!

  • Simon

    Do people really want to have to hold this with one hand (and operate it with a single hand) or place it on a flat surface and get a sore neck looking down at it. Can you really operate the touch screen with the flimsy looking desktop stand without having to superglue it to your desk? How long till the hype dies down and people look more closely at the ergonomics of actually using this day to day?

    Compare these ergonomics to a laptop...this is surely a big step backwards!

    Plus, this is a basic model missing a lot of core features so you will have to buy it again and again as apple drip feeds additional functionality. Great for Apples profits but not for your wallet or the environment!

  • Marc

    Hmmm...

    Think iBooks Looks Familiar? You're Not The Only One.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/27/AR2010012704221.html

  • Marc

    Hmmm...

    Think iBooks Looks Familiar? You're Not The Only One.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/27/AR2010012704221.html

  • MicroD0t

    One point I have seen nobody bring up:

    If I game on the iphone, after an hour or so, the device becomes uncomfortable, how in the world is a bigger device solve this.. They really need to release a "controller" for this.. Dev's already are unimpressed with on screen controls.. how in the world will you ever hold this device and use your thumbs for more than a few minutes without hurting your fingers?

    Don't just fall in love with the thing, because apple brought it out.. I fully support them, but this is just a cash cow... let it run a full install of OSX, and I'll pick one up, right away..

  • http://TouchA MicroD0t

    One point I have seen nobody bring up:

    If I game on the iphone, after an hour or so, the device becomes uncomfortable, how in the world is a bigger device solve this.. They really need to release a "controller" for this.. Dev's already are unimpressed with on screen controls.. how in the world will you ever hold this device and use your thumbs for more than a few minutes without hurting your fingers?

    Don't just fall in love with the thing, because apple brought it out.. I fully support them, but this is just a cash cow... let it run a full install of OSX, and I'll pick one up, right away..

  • gelas

    what's good of an oversized itouch? I would prefer smaller device that capable to do almost anything, rather than larger device that can do exactly the same as it's smaller counterpart ..

    size does matter, and in this case smaller is better ..

  • gelas

    what's good of an oversized itouch? I would prefer smaller device that capable to do almost anything, rather than larger device that can do exactly the same as it's smaller counterpart ..

    size does matter, and in this case smaller is better ..

  • Charlie

    I'm ditching my macbook and getting the 64 gig iPad and a 21.5 iMac for home :-)

  • Charlie

    I'm ditching my macbook and getting the 64 gig iPad and a 21.5 iMac for home :-)

  • anonymous

    An underpowered tablet that plays games from the last two generations. Why would I want this again?

  • anonymous

    An underpowered tablet that plays games from the last two generations. Why would I want this again?

  • ndruha

    I can see this device quite good to watch movies, read, play and some other casual actions. It can be a good birthday gift. I think it's a bit useless though for people already having iPhone. I'll buy 4g when it's out rather then this.

  • ndruha

    I can see this device quite good to watch movies, read, play and some other casual actions. It can be a good birthday gift. I think it's a bit useless though for people already having iPhone. I'll buy 4g when it's out rather then this.

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