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Apple Announces iBook App for iPad

January 27, 2010

Apple today announced the iBook app for the iPad tablet device. It will offer books and content from many big names in publishing and also an interesting note is that it uses the ePub format, which is not proprietary, so is there a possiblity of creating your own books for the device if the content isn’t available on the store?

Apple has 4 big partners with the iPad: Penguin, Macmillion, Simon & Shuster and more. This will give a good start to the release of the iPad and it’s lineup of books.

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Apple iPad Specs

January 27, 2010

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The new Apple iPad specs:

  • 16, 32 and 64GB models.
  • 802.11n WiFi
  • .5 inches thin
  • 1.5 pounds
  • 9.7 inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1024×768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR
  • 1GHz Apple Chip
  • Supports OpenGLS
  • Pixel Double to run app’s at double size or original.
  • Accelerometer
  • Compass
  • iBook (Apple’s eBook reader) [uses the ePub format for the iBook app, which means it’s open.]
  • 3G
  • 720p HD Video Playback
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
  • $14.99 for 250MB of data
  • $29.99 for unlimited
  • Free use of AT&T WiFi Hotspots
  • No contract
  • International deals by June
  • iPad 3G models are unlocked
  • WiFi model shipping in 60 days, worldwide.
  • 3G model shipping in 90 days.

Pricing (WiFi)

  • 16GB $499 (£309)
  • 32GB $599 (£370)
  • 64GB $699 (£433)

Pricing (WiFi & 3G)

  • 16GB $629 (£389)
  • 32GB $729 (£451)
  • 64GB $829 (£513)

Note: British prices have not been released by Apple yet and they are only converted from US Dollars to give people an idea of price.


Live Coverage Of Apple Event 27/1/2010

January 27, 2010

All times are at GMT (London).

5:48 PM: Everyone is getting seated and the event will start in 12 minutes.

6:00 PM: The lights have gone down.

6:02 PM: “We want to kick of 2010 by introducing a magical and revolutionary product today… but first I have a few updates.”

6:05 PM: “Next update, the app store. We have over 140,000 apps, and a few weeks ago we announced a user downloaded 3 billion apps.”

6:08 PM: “SO all of us use laptops and smartphones… the question has arisen; is there room for something in the middle. We’ve wondered for years as well — in order to create that category, they have to be far better at doing some key tasks… better than the laptop, better than the smartphone.”

6:10 PM: “We think we’ve got something that is better. And we call it the iPad.”

6:28 PM: “Let’s go back to the hardware.” .5 inches thin, 1.5 pounds — 9.7 inch IPS display

6:28 PM: Full capacitive multitouch

6:29 PM: “It’s powered by our own silicon. The 1GHz Apple A4 chip. It screams.”

6:29 PM: Available in 16GB, 32 and 64GB models.

Apple iPad

6:29 PM: 802.11n WiFi, Speaker, Microphone, 30-pin connector and 10 hours of battery life, up to a month on standby. Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR.

6:54 PM: Apple eBook reader app called iBook.

6:55 PM: Apple uses the ePub format for the iBook app, which means it’s open.

7:13 PM: It syncs just like the iPhone and comes with 3G.

7:14 PM: $14.99 for 250MB of data or $29.99 for unlimited. Free use of AT&T WiFi Hotspots. No contract. International deals by June. iPad 3G models are unlocked.

7:17 PM: “WiFI plus 3G if you want it. So iPad. It’s phenomenal. Email is fantastic, best device for photos, great for music, great for video. It runs almost all of the 140k apps on the app store, as well as a whole new generation of apps.”

iPad Pricing

7:20 PM: “So $499 for 16GB of iPad. That’s our base model. 32GB is $599, 64GB is $799. 3G models cost an extra $130. $629, 729, and 829 with 3G.”

7:20 PM: “We will be shipping these in 60 days. 3G models will ship in 90 days.”