Apple today announced this year’s important product, the iPad tablet.
This is the most hyped product since the iPhone – actually more likely since the Segway.
Now we can tell that the iPad actually lives up to the hype.
Here are the specs:
Size and weight
- 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
- 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
- 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
- 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
- 1.6 pounds (0.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model
- 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
- 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
- Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
- Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
Wireless and cellular
- Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
Wi-Fi + 3G model
- UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
- GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
- Data only2
- Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
- Digital compass
- Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
- Cellular (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
In the Box
- Dock Connector to USB Cable
- 10W USB Power Adapter
- 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive
- 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
- Ambient light sensor
- Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
- Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
- User-configurable maximum volume limit
TV and video
- Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite Cable
- H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Mail attachment support
- Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)
- Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian
- Keyboard support for English (U.S.) English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian
- Dictionary support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French, French (Canadian), French (Swiss), German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian
- Support for playback of closed-captioned content
- VoiceOver screen reader
- Full-screen zoom magnification
- White on black display
- Mono audio
Battery and power4
- Built-in 25 Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
- Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
- Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
Input and output
- Dock connector
- 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
- Built-in speakers
- SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)
External buttons and controls
- On/Off, Sleep/wake
- Volume up/down
MacRumors ran an article today that the iSlate could be operating on an ARM Cortex A9 processor. This seems not to be based on leaks or any verified facts, but it certainly is an interesting speculation.
The A9 is a new successor to the A8 range of processors that for example power the iPhones. In fact around 98 percent of the more than a billion mobile phones sold each year use at least one ARM processor. The Cortex A9 represents the next generation which supports multi-core designs. The Cortex A9 multi-core processors are expected to scale beyond 2 GHz while drawing less than 0.25 W of power per CPU.
The biggest implication of this would be that the iSlate would not be able to run standard OSX or Windows (and its applications). However, several Linux distributions, including the Chrome OS, have been ported to the ARM platform. Also, the iPhone uses a ported OSX version.
Apple is believed to be one of a few unnamed large licensors that ARM mentioned in their Q3 2009 earnings.
Coincidentally, ARM showed earlier several protoypes of multi touch tablets. Here’s is a YouTube video of them:
Today the WSJ reported that the iSlate is indeed to launch in March 2010. The story has been written by the same journalist who broke the news about Steve Jobs’ liver transplant, so the WSJ’s sources seem to be credible.
The WSJ says:
“A tablet-like device from Apple has been in the works for many years, with its development coming in fits and starts, according to people familiar with the matter. As The Wall Street Journal previously reported, the tablet has been the biggest focus for Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs since he returned to work in June after taking a nearly six-month medical leave to undergo a liver transplant.”
The WSJ references the already known booked dates at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (January 25 to Jan27) as launch date, with shipping to commence in March.
Supposedly the iSlate specs have been leaked, but it awfully looks like a quickly made up Word document. Anyway it’s something to tickle the geek inside you.
According to the supposedly leaked document, the iSlate will run Mac OS X . Here’s more:
- Precision aluminum unibody
- 7.1-inch multi-touch touchscreen with some sort of “intelligent feedback” and an anti-fingerprint coating
- 2.26Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
- 2GB DDR3 SDRAM
- 120GB hard drive
- Built-in projector
- Built-in iSight camera
- 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Mac OS X 10.7 Clouded Leopard
The rumours about Apple creating a tablet computer have been going on since the release of the iPhone. However, in December 2009 they found new popularity when the Financial Times reported that Apple had booked the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Franscisco for a significant product announcement on January 26, 2010. Only a couple of days later, Google China’s ex-chief Kaifu Lee wrote on his blog that an informed friend told him that an Apple Tablet appearance was likely. The details he gave were: 10.1-inch screen with awesome UI. Of course
Earlier, MacRumors stated that the Apple Tablet would most likely be called iSlate, because the domain iSlate.com was acquired by Apple.
Expect additional rumors until the upcoming launch of the iSlate or whatever it will be called. Always secretive and tight-lipped, Apple is playing silent observer at the moment and will – hopefully – speak on January 26, 2010.