The highly anticipated reveal by master marketer, Steve Jobs of the Apple Tablet occurred today at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, with a live feed on the internet of the presentation.
Jobs explains that the tablet is half an inch thick,1.5 pounds, with a 9.7-inch screen. The iPad has about 10 hours of battery life. It has “multi-touch input” (you can use more than one finger on the screen at the time) Some other features include: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, speakers, an accelerometer (device that measures proper acceleration) and a compass. The price starts at $499 and goes up to $999 (depending on amount of GBs). Amazing! It’s got everything your regular Mac computer has, but much more- with revamped iWork applications as well. The company has worked out a deal with AT&T at $14.99 for 250 MB or $29.99 for unlimited usage, with no contract. And, AT&T has also has offered their WI-FI spots free too. International deals have yet to be worked out, expected in June. Same thing that happened with the iPhone – we didn’t them here in Canada until way after the US!
I was watching CTV news earlier this morning where they had polled viewers as to whether or not they’d buy the tablet (prior to the reveal and knowing anything about it) and 16% said yes, while a whopping 84% said no. Hmm, I don’t think that it’s a representation of the sales this puppy’s gonna have. It’s pretty freaking cool. A few weeks ago, they sold their 250 millionth iPod and they now have 284 retail stores and last quarter had over 50 million visitors.
Honestly, I didn’t think that I would want one when I first heard of a touch screen computer a few years back. Now…I want one for sure. It’s SO futuristic and I don’t know if I will ever get sick of the innovative, sexy products that Apple comes out with. “Expect a whole new generation of apps that will be designed specifically for the iPad.”
One of the coolest things is the dock – the dock is a combined dock that charges the tablet, as well as the keyboard! Fantastic!