The Apple iPad is here, and it’s both as much/little as people had hoped, expected, worried, drooled over, and even prayed for. The Apple
Newton 2010 iPad ($499-$829) will arrive well equipped: 9.7″ (1024×768) IPS enabled Multi-Touch LED backlit display, 1GHz A4 processor, built-in speakers, Bluetooth, microphone, ambient light sensor, 720p video playback, fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coated glass surface, 10 hour battery, 16/32/64GB memory, Wi-Fi (and optional 3G) in a casing that measures only 0.5″ and weighs 1.5 lbs. It may not be as light as the Amazon Kindle or have eInk, but the Kindle doesn’t completely restore your faith in books, newspapers, magazines, hand-held video, or run the new modified version of iWork and gobs of awesome apps, music, and movies available in iTunes.
Available in two versions: Wi-Fi only, or Wi-Fi/3G (unlocked) with 250 MB ($15) or Unlimited Data ($30) contract free data plans from AT&T in March, 2010. Look for a further in-depth look (pros and cons) from Ben and I in the near future when we get our grubby mitts on one… or two.
Tons of images after the jump… because we know you love images.
Keyboard Dock and Portfolio case (that also works as a stand) will also be available.