Apple unveils long-awaited tablet device

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Apple Inc.’s CEO and founder Steve Jobs announced Apple’s latest device, a thin-tablet device, similar to the iPhone.

The device is .5 inches thin, 1.5 pounds, and features a fully capacitive multi-touch display 9.7 inch IPS display. It’s powered by Apple’s own silicon chip, the 1Ghz Apple A4 chip, with 16GB to 64GB of flash storage. Additionally, the iPad touts 10 hours of battery life, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1, a Microphone, and an accelerometer. Select units will also have 3G capability.

The device can also run all iPhone apps unmodified out of the box from the app store, from which customers have downloaded 3 billion already. Apple developers noted that they rewrote all of their proprietary apps to take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen.

The iPad will be released along a new app, an ebook reader. Pioneered by the Amazon Kindle, Apple has created their own version of an online book store, iBooks. It’s an online component similar to iTunes that will allow customers to buy books for their device, the store is partnered with Penguin, Macmillion, Simon & Shuster, and others to provide a wide-selection of material.

In addition, Apple will release a new developers kit to that allows third party developers to take advantage of the device.

“What this device does is extraordinary,” said Jobs. “You can browse the web with it. It’s the best web experience you’ve ever had.”

Jobs said that the iPad has the best web browsing experience, stating that it’s “way better than a laptop, way better than a phone.” He demonstrated the tablet device which featured a single button to be used with the on-screen keyboard.

Prices will start at $499 for the 16GB model, scaling up from there. Units will begin to ship in 60 days.

The device is .5 inches thin, 1.5 pounds, and features a fully capacitive multi-touch display 9.7 inch IPS display. It’s powered by Apple’s own silicon chip, the 1Ghz Apple A4 chip, with 16GB to 64GB of flash storage. Additionally, the iPad touts 10 hours of battery life, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1, a Microphone, and an accelerometer.

The device can also run all iPhone apps unmodified out of the box from the app store, from which customers have downloaded 3 billion already. Apple developers noted that they rewrote all of their proprietary apps to take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen.

The iPad will be released along a new app, an ebook reader. Pioneered by the Amazon Kindle, Apple has created their own version of an online book store, iBooks. It’s an online component similar to iTunes that will allow customers to buy books for their device, the store is partnered with Penguin, Macmillion, Simon & Shuster, and others to provide a wide-selection of material.

In addition, Apple will release a new developers kit to that allows third party developers to take advantage of the device.

“What this device does is extraordinary,” said Jobs. “You can browse the web with it. It’s the best web experience you’ve ever had.”

Jobs said that the iPad has the best web browsing experience, stating that it’s “way better than a laptop, way better than a phone.” He demonstrated the tablet device which featured a single button to be used with the on-screen keyboard.

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