Wait for Apple's iPad is over

Jan. 27, 2010 at 3:36 PM
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CUPERTINO, Calif., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. technology giant Apple Inc. kicked off its foray into digital readers Wednesday, unveiling the iPad as a more visual complement to the iPod and iPhone.

The launch has been one of the most highly anticipated debuts for a new electronic gadget in recent years. Apple Chief Executive Officer Steven Jobs called the slim, mulitimedia device "magical and revolutionary."

The tablet -- as flat digital readers are called -- is 9.7 inches tall, a half inch thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, The New York Times reported.

The iPad is based on a touch-screen, similar to the iPhone and iPod Touch. Besides displaying reading material in color, the device allows users to browse the Web, handle e-mail, watch videos, view photos and listen to music.

Instead of using space to include a keyboard, a virtual keyboard appears on the touch-screen, allowing the user to send e-mail. In a user-friendly feature, contents displayed on the screen flip automatically to an upright position if the user turns the iPad sideways or upside down.

The more sophisticated models will sell for $829 and include 64 gigabytes of memory and 3G cellphone capabilities. The base model with WiFi and 16 gigabytes of memory will sell for $499, Jobs said.

Accessories include a charging dock, a physical keyboard dock and a case that holds the iPad upright.

At its unveiling, Jobs called the iPad "so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable of a smartphone with this gorgeous, large display."

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