Everything you need to know about the iPad

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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Above: It's all fun and games until your arms fade away at the wrists

The Specs

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
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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)
Wi-Fi: 802.11n
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

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Jan 27, 2010




  • CAPST3R - January 29, 2010 6:09 p.m.

    What a load of crap. If they want into the games/movie industry, just team up with Sony. This is, like the above said, a digital photo frame, but more advanced. The whole point of the iPod was to have a music device in your pocket, and the mac to dominate the PC industry. This tries to do both and fails miserably. I wouldn't use this if I got it for free. Just a side-note; hasn't anyone noticed that iPad is an anagram of Paid?
  • Thequestion 121 - January 29, 2010 1:23 a.m.

    This is very intriguing. I'll wait until it releases to form my opinion on it.
  • wrapdump - January 29, 2010 12:10 a.m.

    I seem to remember Jobs berating Microsoft for trying to make a tablet, saying they were answering a question nobody was asking. Now Apple makes one, if people don't want one, it's cos they're idiots. God I want to punch Jobs in the stomach.
  • DrLovez69 - January 28, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    Tyler, what do YOU think of the Ipad my good man?
  • TDogg186 - January 28, 2010 10:06 p.m.

    is it only on O2?
  • Lugoves - January 28, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    As an Iphone 3gs & Mac Book Pro owner - I have no use for this, and just because GTA CW came out awesome on my Iphone doesn't mean I'll Ditch my psp for an Ipad - Which I feel is a terrible name.
  • Kipper - January 28, 2010 9:25 a.m.

    Price: $499.99 (16GB); $599.99 (32GB); So the hard drive costs $100 for 16GB? That's ridiculous. I thought Xbox360 hard drives were overpriced, but that's just taking the piss.
  • bluealien - January 28, 2010 6:05 a.m.

    Ok, my old man is probably older than Steve Jobs and he was a die-hard fanboy. I grew up becoming one myself and I would buy this when it goes on sale. If you are a fanboy, then by all means buy the iPad but if you are not, wait for the 2nd generation iPad and decide, sort of a wait and see where it goes. The other guys here may be right, it might be just a bit better than the ipod touch.
  • - January 28, 2010 3:59 a.m.

    At the moment? this is just an oversized iphone... it even has a very similar OS. but in the future? who knows with Apple? Recaptcha: we're magpies LOL
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - January 28, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    Is it optimistic? Perhaps you forgot to turn off the sarcasm filter in your browser's settings, it's a common mistake.
  • nik41507 - January 28, 2010 12:49 a.m.

  • JackSkellingtonsSkin - January 28, 2010 12:45 a.m.

    This article is way too optimistic. But as long as Tyler doesn't really believe the hype. I guess you have to do your job.
  • DrLovez69 - January 28, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    Holy crap that looks like crap. Good thing though, that when its released, iphones/touches will go down in price, so ill get one of them instead. And that brick is more f**king expensive than PS3 and 360 COMBINED. (or thereabouts) I oove itouch/phones etc but the size of that is ridiculous, seriously you would look like a weirdo. bad, very very bad.
  • linkganon - January 27, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    uhh, instead of it being a large iphone, they should instead make it into a mac, and make an area you click on to access the iphone stuff or maybe make it an iphone that you click a part of it to use it as a mac. access the internet on it, heck, even download free songs from free sites instead of having to go to itunes and pay or using a pc to download songs.
  • emiserry - January 27, 2010 10 p.m.

    ooh, lots of typo's en grammar mistakes. sorry.
  • emiserry - January 27, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    Oh for god sake people, stop trolling everything. Could you be anymore ignorant? First of all, the name: Ipad. Didn't like 99% of the world hate the Wii when it came out? Since it was named after the english word wee? And where is it today? That's right, in everybody's living room. Besides, the name's allright, and it sounds pretty clean. The thing itself. Well, its a big iphone, there you have it. But if anyone of you numbnuts followed the keynote, you would have seen that it's a lot better at somethings then a iphone or macbook. The reason apple invented it. The reason it exists. For example, video, the internet, reading books, and gaming. Its an iphone, only way better. The only drawback: The size, its bigger. Its still incredibly portable though, with 1,5 pounds in the weight departement. Its really hard to deny the fact that having a giant iphone is awesome, and that it could replace your iphone and macbook completely. The only thing missing is being able to call someone, but that can be solved with skype.
  • DriveShaft - January 27, 2010 9:21 p.m.

    Now if only Apple realized there was already a parody of the iPad a few years ago on MadTV about tampons x]
  • phoenix_wings - January 27, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    I'm sorry, it 'could' make phone calls through VOIP--but only if your 3G wireless provider will allow you to do that while on their network--or if all you do is hang around wireless networks all day.
  • phoenix_wings - January 27, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    Crash and burn, Apple. With a retarded name like the iPad, you deserve it. Wow--a bigger version of the iPod Touch....whose only real apps are just zoomed in apps of the iPod Touch? Uhmm...useless?
  • lawless77 - January 27, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    What's with that aspect ratio? Looks much more like 4:3 than 16:9. Seems an odd choice, no?

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