The iPhone slipped into the games industry through the back door - wait, let me rephrase - the iPhone boned the games industry by surprise, and the DS and PSP are starting to feel the competition. And then...BOOM! Headshot! Apple announces the iPad - a bigger, beefier, even shinier iPhone...I mean tablet...that could change gaming forever.
We're typing words about the iPad for the rest of the week, and you can find links to all our tablet musings here, as well as everything else you need to know about the device: its price, specifications, features, and risqué photos its sexy body. Check back often for more!
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Check here for all the lastest coverage on the one tablet to rule them all
Above: It's all fun and games until your arms fade away at the wrists
You wouldn't be crazy to call the iPad a big iPhone, you'd be absolutely correct, but it's bigger both in size and power. It is fast - it flies through the iTunes store and HD videos and 3D games like Harry Potter during a quidditch match. It's also got an impressive 10 hour battery life, and starts at a stripped-down but nevertheless surprising $499. Full iPad pricing and specifications below:
Price: $499.99 (16GB); $599.99 (32GB); $699 (64GB); +$130 for 3G
Data plans: $14.99/mo for 250MB/mo; $29.99/mo for unlimited data; free use of AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots; no contract
Official Site: http://www.apple.com/ipad/
Ship Date: March (Wi-Fi models); April (3G models)
Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
Thickness:.5 inch (13.4 mm)
Weight: 1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model; 1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model
Display: 9.7 inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch with IPS technology
Resolution: 1024 x 768 at 132 ppi
Chip: 1GHz Apple A4
Storage: 16GB - 64GB
Battery Life: 10 hours (over one month of standby)
Bluetooth: 2.1 + EDR
Sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light sensor
Input/Output: Speakers, microphone, 3.5-mm headphone jack, SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model), Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
TV and Video: 1024 x 768 with Dock Connector to VGA adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Composite A/V Cable, 576i and 480i with Apple Composite A/V Cable; H.264 video up to 720p, 30 fps, MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 x 480, 30 fps
Jan 27, 2010