Introducing... the Apple iPad

You know how much of a tech buff I am, so if there are any breaking news on new gadgets, new web trends and blogosphere related talk - i'll definitely cover them in my articles (hmm... perhaps I should start a new blog on that niche altogether, whatcha think?).

Moving on... did you hear the latest techbuzz in the news today? Well, if not let me give you a heads-up - Apple's CEO Steve Jobs has officially unveiled iPad tablet. What is it? Well, it's basically a giant iPhone/iPod Touch and a shrunken Mac rolled into one.  Here's a news snippet from Channel News Asia about this new gadget:

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple chief executive Steve Jobs unveiled a new touchscreen tablet computer on Wednesday dubbed the "iPad," seeking to carve out a niche between the laptop and the smartphone.

The long-awaited iPad has a 9.7-inch (24.6-centimetre) colour screen and resembles an oversized iPod Touch or iPhone. It is 0.5 inches (1.3-cm) thick, weighs 1.5 pounds (0.7 kilogrammes) and comes with 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes of flash memory.

The price tag for the device, Apple's first major product since the iPhone three years ago, came in less than expected by most technology analysts.

The cheapest iPad model, with 16G of memory, is 499 dollars while the most expensive - which includes 3G wireless connectivity and 64G of memory - costs 829 dollars.

Apple said it would start shipping the iPad, which has a virtual keyboard but can also be hooked up to an external keyboard, within 60 days, making them available worldwide in late March.

The 3G version will reach the market in late April. 

You can also check out this video where Steve Jobs demonstrated  some of iPad's cool features during the launch.

It was only a few weeks after Google launched Nexus One and grabbed a lot of attention, with Apple's latest launch of iPad, clearly the battle is on among the gadgets. I wonder who will emerge victorious? Let's wait and see...

Credits: Channel News Asia , ITN News (video)

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