Q&A: Apple unveils iPad tablet PC

2010-01-30 00:00

APPLE Inc unveiled its long-awaited iPad to much fanfare in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Here are some questions and answers about the Mac-maker’s newest device:

WHAT IS THE IPAD AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM A LAPTOP PC OR A SMARTPHONE?

The iPad is a so-called tablet computer: a flat, magazine-sized device with a color touchscreen that allows users to surf the Web, watch movies, send e-mail and read electronic books, among other things.

The iPad looks like a large version of Apple’s iPhone, but it does not have built-in phone capabilities or a camera.

WHAT CHALLENGES WILL THE IPAD FACE?

Many companies have tried to sell tablet PCs to consumers in the past with lacklustre results. It remains to be seen whether consumers really want another type of Internet device, particularly now that the much-more portable smartphones have become the standard computing device for people on the go.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

The most basic iPad, with 16GB of flash memory, will be priced at $499. A 32GB version will cost $599 and a 64GB version will cost $699.

All iPads can access the Internet using WiFi, but Apple will also sell versions of the iPad that connect to high-speed 3G wireless networks.

WHEN WILL IT BE AVAILABLE?

The WiFi-only versions of the iPad will be available in the United States in March at Apple retail stores, the Apple website and selected dealers. The 3G version will be available in the United States and selected countries in April. Apple said that international pricing and worldwide availability for iPads will be announced at a later date.

 

 

 

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