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January 30, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Do You Need The iPad?

Hello everyone,

Just in case you have not had time to check out  Apple’s new iPad, here is a post from CNN which will give you a quick look. Then I’ll finish with my “take”.

San Francisco, California (CNN) — Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Wednesday unveiled the iPad, the widely and wildly anticipated tablet-style computer that he called “a truly magical and revolutionary product.”

“What this device does is extraordinary,” Jobs said. “It is the best browsing experience you’ve ever had. … It’s unbelievably great … way better than a laptop. Way better than a smartphone.”

The computer will act as a sort of missing link between the two. The model Jobs demonstrated at an invitation-only event in San Francisco operated without a hardware keyboard, with Jobs typing on what he described as a nearly full-size touchscreen keyboard.

“It’s a dream to type on,” he said.

It has a nearly 10-inch screen, runs existing apps from the Apple apps store and is available in 16-gigabyte, 32-gigabyte and 64-gigabyte versions, according to Jobs.

It will be about a half-inch thick and weigh about 1½ pounds.

Jobs said the iPad will be lightning fast: “It screams,” he told a crowd that included former Vice President Al Gore.

See CNN iReporters’ reaction to the iPad

The device will have a 1 GHz processor, an announcement that coaxed “oohs” and “ahs” from the audience.

Pricing will start at $499 for the 16-gigabyte version, $599 for the 32-gig version and $699 for the 64, Jobs said.

Having 3G mobile access will cost an extra $130 on each, he said.

Two mobile plans will be available through AT&T, and there will be no contracts, allowing customers to opt out at any time, according to Jobs.

They are scheduled to begin shipping in 60 days.

Professor Randy says: If I were you I would not rush out to pre-order the iPad. Everything that this device does can be done better by other, less expensive devices that are already out there. Time will tell, but my “gut” is telling me that the iPad although beautiful, isn’t different and is therefore unnecessary!



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