Apple?s Tablet Computer Unveiled
On Wednesday morning, Apple CEO Steven Jobs appeared at the press event after his health problem to unveil Apple Inc.’s tablet computer called Ipad. The Ipad looks like an iPhone and is sold at $ 499 for basic models and $ 829 for the most expensive models.
According to Mr Jobs, iPad is the combination of a laptop and a smartphone but exceed these devices in terms of some certain functions such as Web browsing, e-Books and video playing.
Ipad is only 0.5 inch and weighs 1.5 pounds. The tablet is a 9.7-inch multitouch screen and is powered by a 1 GHz Apple A4 microchip. iPad shares a similarity with the iPhone in terms of operating system.
A basic iPad model will be priced at $ 499 with Wi-Fi wireless connection. Apple said that in March, the company will release its Wi-Fi-only iPads with more expensive 3G models coming 30 days after that. $ 829 is the highest cost that customers will have to pay for the most expensive iPads with 64 gigabytes of memory and 3G connectivity.
Maybe the most outstanding feature of the iPad is its electronic bookstore iBooks application. With this application, iPad become a challenger of Amazon’s Kindle. In his speech at the iPad press, Apple CEO said that the company were going to stand on Amazon’s shoulders and would exceed its competitor. According to analyst Gerry Purdy, the birth of iPad will make some certain but not gigantic effect on Kindle.
Apple senior vice president Scott Forstall told that next time, iPad development will be supported with iPhone programming tools.
Nevertheless, the Ipad also has some weaknesses. Purchasers cannot take photos as it does not have a camera. Ipad device also does not provide buyers the ability to make phone calls. Moreover, the new Apple tablet cannot work with Flash software.
Several former employees said iPad is the result of Apple after more than 10 years. Before Apple, tablet computers have also been sold by Microsoft and other companies. However, customers’ demands are still not met. With iPad device, problems in battery, 3G connectivity and Wi-Fi network have been improved.
I am a journalist of a technology magazine. I see that Apple’s products are really interesting and useful. Customers can use many applications with Apple products such as playing video, stuffing Web, etc. I will buy an iPad when the device is released.