Whenever Apple is set to release a new product, a significant chunk of the web becomes a fire hose of rumors, buzz, cheerleading, vitriol, and the occasional piece of actual news. The iPad is officially out, the first reviews are starting to flood in. So what’s the early verdict on of Apple’s sleek new tablet device from those who’ve already spent quality time on its 9.7-inch multi-touch screen?
First to the New York Times, which has identified the opinions as split between “techies” and “regular people” over what the iPad has to offer. For techies its a “gigantic iPod Touch”, a very heavy Kindle with only 60,000 titles available at this stage that you can’t read well in direct sunlight. It’s fast on the processor front but hard to type on, there’s no USB ports, no camera, no multitasking and of course it can’t run Flash.
For regular consumers it’s still a gigantic iPod Touch, but a very shiny one that changes the multi-touch experience. It’s on offer without a contract and gives access to 150,000 existing iPhone applications as well as the fledgling iPad applications store.
The first shipment of iPads has already sold out, meaning if you haven’t already pre-ordered one, you’ll be waiting until April 12th to get one.
Much like the iPhone trademark, which was originally held by Cisco, Apple decided to use the iPad name despite Fujitsu’s existing iPad device and trademark - which Apple acquired from Fujitsu on March 17.
Don’t be ashamed about lusting over the iPad. It appears that over 500,000 have been ordered and even the United States Army is looking at how it can use the iPad in business, and on the battlefield.
If you’re firmly of the belief that the iPad won’t reach its full potential without a jailbreak, Whiz kid George Hotz, aka GeoHot, claims to have developed an untethered jailbreak for the iPod touch 2G/3G and iPhone 3GS that “will probably work on the iPad too”.
Perhaps you’re wondering exactly what the appeal of a giant iPod touch is? Application previews are starting to appear from the likes of Yahoo! and Instapaper. Solidifying my original perception of the iPad, as a musician’s wet-dream come true, you can check out the iPad version of Nota, a piano application, and Mixr, a DJ application.
If the iPad itself will empty your wallet, and you’re wondering what kind of content will be available for free, it appears that 30,000+ public domain books from Project Gutenberg will be available on launch.
With iPad, you get all the latest innovations and all of the most advanced technologies. This revolutionary product comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with the starting price of US$499.
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