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Apple iPad: Hands on with the multitouch tablet

Photos: Close up on the newly launched device
By James Martin, Contributor on
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Photos: Close up on the newly launched device

Members of the media and guests attending Apple's iPad launch event in San Francisco yesterday got some hands-on time with the new device following the presentation by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

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Here, the iPad displays silicon.com sister site CNET's homepage. The device has a 9.7-inch LCD touchscreen display, which makes use of the same multitouch technology found on the iPhone, Apple's Magic Mouse, and the company's notebook trackpads.

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Here a user browses the iTunes store on the new iPad.

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The iPad will also function as an e-reader, using Apple's new iBooks store. The new app features a virtual bookshelf with content publishers such as Harper Collins, Hachette, Penguin and Macmillan.

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The iPad is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds. It sports a 9.7-inch IPS display, the same display used in the latest generation iMac.

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A user enters text on the iPad. Like the iPhone and iPod, it sports a finger-friendly OS with an on-screen Qwerty keyboard.

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The iPad has a fully capacitive multitouch screen. Its 1GHz custom Apple chip - called A4 - is the company's most advanced. The processor, graphics, and I/0 memory controller are combined on one chip.

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The device has many debating whether it's the best Apple product ever, or just a big iPhone (or both). The iPad will be available first in the US in March and costs $499 for the 16GB version, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. With 3G, add $130 to each model. So: $629, $729 and $829.

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For more on the Apple iPad, check out photos from Steve Jobs' launch presentation.

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