Apple iPad Finally Launched!

Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed the new iPad to the press audience
Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed the new iPad to the press audience

After several months or years perhaps of being immersed in so many rumors about the Apple tablet PC, finally the most awaited and probably the most coveted product of the year is real and it's here!

Bragged as the "magical device at an amazing price", Steve Jobs said at a press launch in San Francisco, California. During his kind of peer-to-peer conversational speech, he mentioned how amazing the iPad will be to browse the web. But did it really level up to the expectations that were pointed out in the rumors? Or are there some things that the iPad lack to the disappointments of many?

Well let's take a look at some of iPad's notable features which Steve Jobs himself presented to the press audience.

SCREEN: 9.7-inch IPS LCD screen. The LCD provides the backlighting, but most of the technology is IPS, or In-plane switching. This gives it a stronger viewing angle than most screens. You can tilt the screen anyway you want and the interface moves with it.

RESOLUTION: 1024×768 pixels (132 pixels per inch) which brings out vivid colors of pictures and landscape images.

SIZE: 0.5 inches thin; 1.5 pounds (1.6 pounds for 3G), the lightest so far.

DIMENSIONS: 9.5 inches x 7.5 inches x 0.5 inches

CHIP: 1 GHz Apple A4 chip. They went in-house instead of going to Intel.

MEMORY: Three models with 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB solid state hard drives.

INCLUSIONS: Accelerometer, Microphone, 30-pin connector, Compass, full capacitive multi-touch, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 3G access on higher-end models

BATTERY LIFE: 10 hours at full blast. On standby, it will last over a month.

PRICE: an amazing $499 starting price for 16Gb RAM

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You can definitely do anything with this amazing device, but wait here are some few "essential" things it lacks:

No camera: no front-facing camera for video conferencing or back-facing camera for taking photos.

No multitasking: You cannot run multiple apps at the same time.

No HDMI Output: You can’t plug your iPad into your TV.

No USB port: You can’t plug in your favorite keyboard into the device…or anything else, really. It will plug into your computer via the same cord you charge iPhones and iPod touches with.

Well, I hope Apple will eventually add these features up to the iPad before its' going to be really available in the market in either June or July of this year.

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Lala Sings Her Heart Out With Apple iTunes

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Who is Lala and why is Apple so crazy about her? She is indeed extremely hot for Apple to set eyes on.

Well, to everyone who doesn't know, Lala is "going to be" the new provider of streaming music to Apple's iTunes. This is good news to the big "A" since, it is going to save them millions of dollars every year.

Lala is an ad-free music service on the web, which stores music collections online and sells streaming songs at a big discount. Integrated in Lala is the technology that can copy users’ iTunes music collections into the cloud servers, so that they can play back the songs on internet-connected devices. Also Lala can play the last few hundred songs from a cache when there’s no internet connection.

The fact that Lala is a provider of low-cost streaming music service, Apple is expected to increase its revenue-per-user, contrary to what happened in 2007, that is according to Steve Jobs, "the average iTunes user had only bought an average of 22 songs". Lala has recently made a deal with Google to play free songs, but Apple is more interested in it's engineers who made their music service a big hit. The deal to purchase Lala is almost done, according to New York Times and All Things Digital.

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