By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 27 Jan 2010
Apple has unveiled its much-hyped iPad, a 9.7-inch touch-screen device that allows for Web browsing, plays movies, music and games, and can run more than 140,000 applications.
The iPad is half an inch thick, weighs 1.5 pounds and has a battery life of 10 hours.
“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”
The device will be available in late March starting at $499 for a 16 GB model. A 32 GB model ($599) and 64 GB model ($699) will also be available. The device has Wi-Fi, however Apple is also releasing versions with both wireless and 3G, with pre-paid data plans available through AT&T. Those models will come in April and will be priced at $629, $729 and $829.
Apple also introduced a new iBooks application for iPad, as well as a version of iWork. Apple has also released a software development kit, to allow for the creation of third-party iPad applications.