After long anticipation and years of rumors, Apple finally unleashed its latest creation, the iPad, yeasterday morning in San Francisco. This oversizeg iPhone on steroids is smaller than Skiff but it offers a color screen and a lot of applications, including all of the iPhone apps. The iPad is available in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G versions.
Apple touts the iPad as a third category of device, positioned between a smartphone and a laptop. During Wednesdays presentation, Jobs drew a pointed contrast between the iPad and netbookslower-cost PCs that have sold well in the mobile market. But Jobs characterized netbooks as slow, burdened with low-quality displays and running PC programs. Theyre not better than a laptop at anything, Jobs said. Theyre just cheaper.
Apple thinks the iPad fills the gap between phones and laptops by making it easier to browse through e-mail, photos, music, and videos. Apple also used demos Wednesday to showcase the iPads ability to display e-books and play games. Jobs spent parts of Wednesdays demo seated in an armchair to show off the ease of using the tablets on screen controls.
More about announcement and iPad details in this Macworld article …