Looking unsurprisingly similar to a large iPhone, the iPad has a 9.7-inch multitouch display with a 1024 x 768 resolution, measuring 9.56″ x 7.47″ x 0.5. It will be available in three different storage capacities (16GB, 32GB and 64GB). Rather than using an Intel Atom CPU or similar Apple have gone with their own 1GHz Apple A4 ARM based processor.
802.11b/g/n WiFi is supported along with Bluetooth 2.1 and optional 3G. It features a 25Whr battery which should provides up to 10 hours of web surfing, and media playback, with one month standby.
It has been no secret that Apple don’t like netbooks. They are the only major manufacturer who haven’t embraced and entered the netbook market. I personally believe it’s because they would rather people use their iPhone, and if they did make a netbook, they would price it well out of the netbook market.
When Steve Jobs announced the iPad, he claims that it is more useful than a netbook, and said, “The problem is netbooks aren’t ready for anything, they’re slow, they have low quality displays”.
While he would like us to believe that the Apple iPad is a netbook killer, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Unlike a netbook, the iPad can not do multitasking, meaning you can’t for example stream or listen to music, while working in another application. It also has much smaller storage space with the netbook standard now being 250GB, and lacks a webcam or camera of any sorts.
The iPad is more closely matched to an giant iPod Touch than a netbook or computer of any type! There are a number of netbooks on the market which offer more power, more space, a keyboard!, webcam, multitasking, full proper operating system, HD display, and flash support for a lot less than the $499 asking price.
Judging from the number of comments on various websites the vast majority seem disappointed with the iPad and agree that the iPad is most certainly not a netbook killer!
If you wish, you can see the official iPad page.
What are you thoughts? Tempted, disappointed?