Tuesday, May 24, 2016

iPad Announced, Starting Price $499

Today, ’s CEO Steve Jobs took to the stage to introduce a new device named the iPad.

Jobs began by revling that has rched 250 million iPod sales to date. He then revled that “ is the largest mobile devices business in the world today.” Moving on throughout Jobs speech he questioned whether there is room for a third egory device in-between a laptop or a smart-phone. Jobs then mocked competitors for investing in netbooks and immediately revled the iPad.

Jobs went on to demonstrate several ftures including browsing, Photos and built-in slideshows. The iTunes store is also built in and the usual suspects of a mail, contacts and calendar appliions are available. Jobs also demonstrated the maps appliion and its loion ftures.

YouTube HD support is also included and Jobs demonstrated various s during his note. After the demonstrations Jobs moved onto the specifiions:

* 0.5″ thin
* Weighs 1.5 pounds
* 9.7″ IPS display
* 1GHz A4 processor
* 16, 32, or 64GB of flash storage
* 802.11n, WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1
* 10 hours battery life

Various appliions were demonstrated on the new iPad, some run at full resolution with slight pixelation whilst others run at their native resolution which seems far from idl. A New York Times appliion was also demonstrated briefly that syncs between the iPhone app and includes in-line clips.

Later in his speech Jobs priced up data plans for the iPad over 3G, AT&T will be offering the following:

* 250MB monthly data limit for $14.99 – No contract
* Unlimited data for $29.99 – No contract

International data plans will be revled in June.

The iPad will be available in two months time for the WiFi only version and three months time for the WiFi and 3G version. Pricing of the devices will be:

* 16GB WiFi only $499, WiFi + 3G $629
* 32GB WiFi only $599, WiFi + 3G $729
* 64GB WiFi only $699, WiFi + 3G $829

also announced a case and board dock accessory for “when you rlly need to do a lot of typing” said Jobs.

News of the announcement saw ’s (AAPL) stock drop over 1% initially and later recovered and rose 1%.

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