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Apple iPad Official Tech Specs and my thoughts

Now that the iPad has been announced, here are the Tech Specs from Apple. I will list their specs and then tell you my thoughts.

Display

  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
  • Size and weight

    Height:
    9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
    Width:
    7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
    Depth:
    0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
    Weight:
    1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
    1.6 pounds (0.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model

    I like the actual look and feel of the iPad, it has a sleek design. Even though it does look like a giant iPod Touch.

    Wireless and cellular

    Wi-Fi model
    • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
    Wi-Fi + 3G model
    • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    • Data only2
    • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

    I do like the fact that the iPad has wifi capabilities and supports wireless N. Now it does have bluetooth capabilities, but what can the bluetooth do? Apple has yet to comment on its functionality past what the iPhone does now.

    Location

    • Wi-Fi
    • Digital compass
    • Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
    • Cellular (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

    The fact that the iPad has GPS, and a digital compass makes it a very handy tool for trips.

    In the box

    • iPad
    • Dock Connector to USB Cable
    • 10W USB Power Adapter
    • Documentation

    Capacity3

    • 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive

    Without knowing more about what can be stored on the iPad besides music and movies from the iTunes store, the storage doesn’t really matter to me.

    Processor

    • 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

    Sensors

    • Accelerometer
    • Ambient light sensor

    The accelerometer makes it possible to play games on the iPad, which is nice and would make the iPad more fun to play with.

    Audio playback

    • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
    • Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
    • User-configurable maximum volume limit

    The sound quality of the iPad has to be good, I just hope that they will allow us to have an adapter to hook it up to some bigger speakers say through the dock connection.

    TV and video

    • Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable
    • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

    I do see that the iPad only supports up to 720p high definition, I would like to see an upgrade to 1080p in the near future. Another great feature that the iPad lacks, is the ability to export HD video to say a projector. Apple has yet to comment on the output of the iPad, like if it will export the display or just an application.

    Mail attachment support

    • Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)

    Languages

    • Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian
    • Keyboard support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian
    • Dictionary support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French, French (Canadian), French (Swiss), German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian

    Accessibility

    • Support for playback of closed-captioned content
    • VoiceOver screen reader
    • Full-screen zoom magnification
    • White on black display
    • Mono audio

    Battery and power

    • Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
    • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
    • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

    With the battery life being rated at 10 hours I would like to see an actual demo once this is released. I would like to see how fast it will lose power while playing a game etc…

    Input and output

    • 30-pin dock connector
    • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
    • Built-in speaker
    • Microphone
    • SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)

    Pricing & Availability
    iPad will be available in late March worldwide for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + 3G models of iPad will be available in April in the US and selected countries for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. International pricing and worldwide availability will be announced at a later date. iBookstore will be available in the US at launch.

    My overall opinion on the iPad is that it has its ups and downs, but overall its a nice product. The iPad does lack multitasking capabilities, hopefully Apple will add this feature in the future. If I had the money I would definately pick up an iPad, it would be a lot easier to make video reviews of Apple Apps on that large of a screen. Have an opinion on the iPad, share your thoughts below!

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    Matt
    I was a Computer and Information Technology student at Purdue University. I have always wanted my own website and have been fascinated with technology my entire life. So here I am, what's next?
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    • Anonymous

      I totally disagree with almost all the junk written online about the iPad. Personally, I think the device looks inferior to Amazon’s Kindle and even the iPod Touch is better. So, it is good to see that online shops index Online Store ranked the best sites to buy an ipad. I do most of my shopping online today and I think the Kindle is cheaper and has better readability. Personally, I think a good book is better than either iPad or Kindle, but I think in today’s apple-obsessed world I am in the minority.

    • JennyBrown

      I totally disagree with almost all the junk written online about the iPad. Personally, I think the device looks inferior to Amazon's Kindle and even the iPod Touch is better. So, it is good to see that online shops index Online Store ranked the best sites to buy an ipad. I do most of my shopping online today and I think the Kindle is cheaper and has better readability. Personally, I think a good book is better than either iPad or Kindle, but I think in today's apple-obsessed world I am in the minority.

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