“You can book it right now that it will be the product that kids of this generation grow up with and look back on with affection just like we did with the first video games. Video games changed how we grew up. The iPad will change how kids grow up.” Mark Cuban
Apple’s new iPad made it’s highly-anticipated debut at an event is San Francisco this past Wednesday, and the excitement surrounding the new gadget has been building ever since. The device is being billed as the perfect mix of smartphones and netbooks, and has many forecasting its release as a game-changer in every sense of the word.
“All of us use laptops and smartphones now. And the question has arisen lately: Is there room for a device in the middle?….We’ve pondered this question as well….If there’s going to be a third category of device, it must be better at browsing the Web, video, photos, music, etc. Some folks say this device is a netbook….Problem is, the netbook isn’t good at any of these things.But we have something that is, and it’s called the iPad.” Steve Jobs
One of the iPad’s key features will be it’s exceptional battery life, which is currently touted as being in the 10 hr. range. The iPad also offers a full month of standby time, leading Jobs to call the iPad a “good environmental citizen.” Jobs said the iPad will also be better for playing games and watching video than either a laptop or a smart phone. The iPad comes with software including a calendar, maps, a video player and iPod software for playing music. All seem to have been slightly redesigned to take advantage of the iPad’s bigger screen.
Other iPad features include:
-iPad is one-half-inch thick, weighs 1.5 pounds, and comes with 9.7 inch IPS display–“very high-quality display”
-Full capacitive multitouch
-16GB-64GB flash storage
-iPad is powered by our Apple’s custom silicon–“We did it inhouse and it just screams,” says Jobs.
-Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, accelerometer, compass.
-Battery life: 10 hours.