Apple Launch Their Next Must Have Gadget
Apple have ended weeks of speculation with the launch of its iPad, a revolutionary device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books and much more.
At a press conference in California, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs revealed the slim, lightweight, touch-screen iPad - a device which Apple claims bridges the gap between the laptop and the smartphone.
UK prices haven't been announced yet, but in the US prices start from $499 (£309) for the lowest spec 16GB WiFi only model. A top-of-the-range 64GB version, boasting 3G mobile connectivity, costs $829 (£513).
Using its 9.7 inch multi-touch display the iPad - resembling a larger version of Apple's popular iPod Touch - does not feature a traditional keyboard. Instead users can type on a full Qwerty keypad that appears on the display.
The ultra-slim iPad is just 1.25cm thick and weighs 1.5lbs. However, despite its proportions it still boasts a 1GHz Apple processor, speaker, microphone and a battery life of 10 hours.
The iPad also allows Apple to enter the electronic publishing market, supported by leading publishers including Penguin, Macmillan and Harper Collins. Apple’s new iBook store enables users to download novels and textbooks directly to their iPad in the same way music is downloaded from iTunes. The only question remaining is "can we DJ with it?"