iPad: Apple reveals multi-touch tablet device
POSTED BY Patrick ON January 27, 2010 / 0 COMMENTS
Apple iPad Tablet

Apple iPad Tablet

We first told you about the Apple Tablet in July 2009 and the rumors are now over! Calling it “way better than a laptop and way better than a phone,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company’s long-awaited iPad tablet-style multi-touch device today (Wednesday 27th Jan 2010).

steve jobs

steve jobs

The device weighs just 1.5 pounds — lighter than any netbook, Jobs noted — and sports a 9.7-inch display. Jobs noted that the hardware is a “dream to type on,” and demonstrated how to read, view media and content and access applications on the hardware.

It includes calendar, address book, maps and music applications built-in. It also connects to the iTunes store.

“You can discover music, you can purchase it,” Jobs said. “Movies, TV shows, podcasts, iTunes University — everything built right in.”

It also has access to YouTube the streaming service’s high-definition streaming content.

“Using this thing is remarkable. It’s so much more intimate than a laptop, and it’s so much more capable than a smartphone,” Jobs said.

iPad

iPad

The hardware has many of the same capabilities of the iPhone and iPod touch, including an orientation sensor for switching between portrait and landscape modes, and multi-touch capabilities. The device even looks akin to a large iPhone.

Steve Jobs demonstrated sending e-mail, reading content and flipping through photos. Places that photos were taken could be viewed through the integrated maps application. It also allows a photo slideshow that works much like in iPhoto.

The touchscreen keyboard takes up half of the screen when the device is used in landscape mode.

iPad

iPad

Jobs also demonstrated a calendar application that looks much like the Calendar app available on the Mac OS X desktop. He also showed off buying and listening to iTunes content on the iPad, demonstrating high-definition clips from movies like “Up” and “Star Trek.”

Check a video of the long-awaited launch at Gizmodo.

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