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iPad launched by Apple

29 January 2010

Apple has introduced the iPad, a device for browsing the Web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books and more.

The iPad's responsive high-resolution Multi-Touch display lets users physically interact with applications and content.

"iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.

"iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before."

At only 1.27cm thick (0.5 inches) and weighing just 680 grams (1.5 pounds), the device is thinner and lighter than laptops and notebooks currently on the market.

iPad includes 12 new apps designed especially for the iPad.

Every app works in both portrait and landscape mode, automatically animating between views as the user rotates iPad in any direction.

Apple also introduced a new version of iWork for iPad, the first desktop-class productivity suite designed specifically for Multi-Touch.

Other appes include Pages, Keynote and Numbers for creating documents, presentations with animations and transitions, and spreadsheets with charts, functions and formulas.

The three apps will be available separately through the App Store for $9.99 each.

iPads will also run almost all of the over 140,000 apps in the Apple App Store.

iPad's 24.6-cm (9.7-inch) LED-backlit display features IPS technology to deliver crisp, clear images and consistent color with an ultra-wide 178 degree viewing angle.

The intelligent soft keyboard pioneered on iPhone takes advantage of iPad's larger display to offer an almost full-size soft keyboard. iPad also connects to the new iPad Keyboard Dock with a full-size traditional keyboard.

iPad comes in two versions—one with Wi-Fi and the other with both Wi-Fi and 3G. iPad includes the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi, and the 3G versions support speeds up to 7.2 Mbps on HSDPA networks.

iPad syncs with iTunes just like the iPhone and iPod touch, using the standard Apple 30-pin to USB cable.

The device has also been made to be more environmentally friendly. Each iPad enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy-efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. iPad contains no brominated flame retardants and is completely PVC-free.

iPad will be available in late March starting at US$499 for the 16GB model, US$599 for the 32GB model, and US$699 for the 64GB model.

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