Apple's iPad: It's Real, and It's $499
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At long last, the widely rumored, much-discussed Apple entry into the tablet PC market makes its debut. It's the Apple iPad, and as company CEO Steve Jobs described during an event in San Francisco today, the idea is to create a device occupying a space between the smartphone and the notebook PC. Enterprise Mobile Today has the story.
The new Apple iPad. Click to enlarge. Source: Apple
The device delivered most of what had been long rumored: It's got a 9.7-inch screen with pixel-doubling technology to play back high-definition video and 16 to 64GB of flash storage. Networking is handled courtesy of its support for 802.11n, Bluetooth and 3G wireless, which will be available on some models through a carrier partnership with AT&T. And the unit is a half-inch thick, weighing just 1.5 pounds.
The price tag, however, proved one surprise: The device starts at $499 -- far below most pundits' expectations.