The Apple iPad Full Roundup
Apple has finally unleashed its iPad tablet and there are a few things you need to know.
It has a 9.7 inch capacitive screen with full multi-touch capabilities. It has a resolution of 1024 x 768 meaning that everything just looks crisp and clear; swiping, gesturing, the whole lot. Its powered by a custom Apple A4 processor running at 1GHz which should last for around 10 hours of full use or a month idle. Every iPad will be Wi-Fi enabled with Bluetooth connectivity, however there will also be three models which will utilize 3G. Three storage capacities will be available: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Other features include an accelerometer, compass and syncing via USB to a Mac or PC.
On the software side, the Apple iPad is running iPhone OS 3.2 with full compatibility with all current iPhone apps, which are up-scaled for the higher resolution screen of the iPad. There will also be some exclusive iPad apps which will take advantage of the extra horses running around inside, such as new games courtesy of Gameloft and EA. iWorks will also be available which will address the productivity side of the device.
Another major software feature is the iBook application. Apple will be launching its very own eBook store which means it is going to be competing directly with Amazon and its Kindle. The iBook app will allow users to directly purchase books from the iPad. The cool features of the app is its ability to change fonts, making it easier to read. Coupled with smooth transition effects, this easily trumps the Kindle. The verdict is still out on battery life comparisons.
One place where the iPad seems to excel is in the web browser. It is running a customized version of Mobile Safari which has been well adapted for this screen. Smooth scrolling, as well as page rendering, is top notch. One thing missing is Flash - it seems again that Apple has deprived its users of Flash content on the web.Continued on the next page