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Here comes the iPad

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on January 28, 2010

After Jesus Phone (viz iPhone), the iPad ought to be the Mosses tablet!

After months of speculation and 6 posts later (References below), the iPad finally arrives. Apple seeks to supplement the falling iPod sales with the iPad. Heres the first look at the iPad

Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs took the wraps off the “iPad” tablet on Wednesday, the 27th January, making a big bet on a new breed of gadgets that aim to bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops. The iPad is Apple’s biggest product launch since the iPhone three years ago, and arguably rivals the smartphone as the most anticipated in Apple’s history.

The iPad turns out to be a cross between the Laptop and a iPhone. The touch-screen tablet-shaped gadget acts as an ¬internet browser, computer, music and film player, and an e-reader that can download and display books and newspapers. With a 9.7-inch screen and weighing just 1.5lb Apple is banking on the device generating massive global demand for a new generation of less costly computers. Prices are expected to start at £309 for the iPad with the smallest memory and WiFi internet connectivity, rising to £513 for the biggest memory model and a faster 3G internet connection. It goes on sale in the US in March accompanied by the debut of a new Apple online shop called iBooks where customers can buy and download “e-books” in the same way as iPod and iPhone users download music from the iTunes store. The books project follows a deal between Apple and major publishers including Penguin and Harper Collins. The iPad has a near life-sized touch-screen keyboard on which users type directly. Objects on screen can be manipulated with fingers, as on an iPhone.

The iPad feature set (from its first looks) is as follows: Apple’s own 1 GHz Apple A4 chip, 16 – 64 GB of Flash storage, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n, 10 hours of battery life, Speaker, microphone and 30-pin connector, Fully multi-touch Capacitive screen, 9.7 inch IPS LED backlit LCD, Half an inch thick, Accelerometer and Compass,3G UMTS/HSPDA and GSM/EDGE data (optional), Assisted GPS and Digital Compass (3G version only),3.5mm headphone jack,VGA out support or AV out via dock connector and converter cable.

iPad’s missed opportunities : Doesnot support Multitasking, No Camera, Adapters, ugly thick black lining, multi operator support, No Flash support, Could do better with Augmented Reality

iPad initial thoughts: Great job on pricing, backward compatibility, New UI enhancements but cud have done more with the basic UI

Despite the buzz surrounding the launch and Apple’s storied golden touch on consumer electronics, the tablet is not necessarily an easy sell, analysts say. Consumer appetite for such a device category has yet to be proven, though plenty of devices such as Amazon.com’s Kindle e-reader are vying for that market.

Apple’s task is to persuade consumers that they should buy this “third category” product if they already have mobile phones and laptop computers. Apple’s design and marketing expertise would ensure the iPad was a sure-fire hit with customers. The iPad is essentially a big iPhone but with more functionality so it is a scaled-up iPhone. For the category to succeed, the iPad really needs to capture people’s imagination and act as a catalyst for a whole new ‘pad’ format. The e-reader thing will be quite key because they seem to have been growing more popular since Christmas and with Apple’s competencies in gaining access to content and distribution, this can be a clincher. You don’t bet against Apple anyways.

As iPod sales wane, Apple is looking for another growth engine and hopes to find one in the tablet. But the move is not without risk. Consumers have never warmed to tablet computers, despite many previous attempts by other companies. In an online poll on reuters.com, 37% of more than 1,000 respondents said they would pay $500-$699 for the tablet. Nearly 30% weren’t interested, while 20% said they would pay $700-$899.Analysts’ sales predictions for the tablet vary widely, with many believing Apple can sell 2 million to 5 million units in the first year.

Reference:
https://ronnie05.wordpress.com/2009/07/06/apple-itablet-camera-ipod/
https://ronnie05.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/uyt/
https://ronnie05.wordpress.com/2009/08/01/dv/
https://ronnie05.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/hjkh/
https://ronnie05.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/1120y/

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  1. Apple Debuts New iTablet said, on January 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    […] Here comes the iPad « Ronnie05's Blog […]

  2. iPad Free said, on January 28, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Nice read. I also saw a video in youtube about a review on new Apple iPad. Here is the link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAb_yg2XF-k

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