Apple announced the iPad tablet device, featuring a 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 display and 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB capacities. Carrying a custom 1 GHz “Apple A4” chip, the iPad weighs in at 1.5 pounds and is .5-inch thin. The iPad will be priced at $499, $599, and $699 for models with Wi-Fi but without 3G. You’ll have to add $130 if you want a 3G enabled model. Wi-Fi only models are scheduled to ship in 60 days and 3G-models in 90 days.
All iPad models have an accelerometer, compass, speakers, a microphone, and a 30-pin dock connector, but no USB or ethernet port. The iPad also offers, according to Apple, 10 hours of battery, with 1 month of standby battery life. Real-life battery tests still need to be done in order to confirm Apple figures. Models with 3G will be unlocked and will be able to use GSM micro SIMs (not the regular GSM SIMs).
The iPad will be able to use all the iPhone and iPod Touch Apps. However specific version will add extra features and be optimized for the device’s 9.7-inch screen.