Just minutes ago, Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s latest device, the iPad, which he says is “so much more intimate than a laptop, and so much more capable than a smartphone. It’s very thin. You can change the home screen… what this device does is extraordinary. It’s the best browsing experience you’ve ever had.” Steve also says that the touch-screen keyboard is “a dream to type on.”
Apple’s iPad is .5 inches thin, and 1.5 pounds. It features 10 hours of battery power. “In addition to this battery life, it’s got a month of standby life. It’s remarkable,” Steve continues, “iPad is powered by our own custom silicon. Our own chip. It’s called the A4, and it screams.” 1GHz. 16, 32, or 64GB of flash storage. “It’s got the latest in wireless: 802.11n, WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.”
The iPad looks very much like a large iPhone. “You can see the whole page in front of you and you can manipulate it with your fingers,” Steve says, “You can turn it any way you want — it adjusts however you want it. You can see the whole page — it’s phenomenal. It’s an incredible experience.”
Apple will begin selling 3G models of the iPad for $499 within 90 days.