Apple iPad Specs at a Glance

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Apple has published a page of iPad specs detailing the capacities, dimensions, and features of the device. According to the page, the device is 9.56" tall and 7.47" wide, with a depth of just 0.5" and a weight of 1.5 pounds. Units with the 3G option weigh 1.6 pounds.

The screen has a resolution of 1024 x 768 (132 pixels per inch) on a 9.7" (diagonal) display. The screen itself resists fingerprints through an oleophobic coating. It will play 720p HD video at 30 frames per second, though true 720p resolution is 1280 x 720.

Apple is offering the iPad in either a 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB capacities, all of which are built around a 1GHz Apple A4 processor. The device has up to 10 hours of battery life between charges with up to one month of standby time.

It includes an iPhone/iPod Dock connector, a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, and has a built-in microphone and speakers. WiFi + 3G versions of the unit also include a SIM card tray.

The device includes a built-in digital compass like the iPhone 3GS, as well as an accelerometer and an ambient light sensor. The WiFi + 3G model includes assisted GPS, as well as cellular data connection through 3G.

Mac system requirements

  • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
  • iTunes 9.0 or later
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access

Windows system requirements

  • PC with USB 2.0 port
  • Windows 7, Windows Vista; Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
  • iTunes 9.0 or later
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access

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24 Comments Leave Your Own

AlaskaBoy

What? No camera!

Hmmmm This is a great thing… Im not a first year early adopter of amything (usually) But I want one!  Just because and at $500 its a deal!

I guess I’ll have to wait for version 2 for the camera!

From North Pole

CudaBoy

Kinda bums me out that there is no camera. Why oh why didn’t they tuck a little lens and CCD into this cool puppy? I’ll wait for iPad 2.0 for the camera.
I don’t suppose the battery will be replaceable, will it??

jbruni

I’m surprised there is no video camera for chatting. They have one in an iPod Nano! Knowing Apple, there is probably a good reason for omitting this feature.

tombull

No camera = no ichat videoconferencing, no augmented reality.  Bummer

Dean Lewis

I didn’t expect a camera. Front facing would mean shaky handheld video chat; rear facing means holding up a 10-11” device to snap a picture or hold for augmented reality. Ugh. I suspect a future version may get a camera. I’d prefer a Bluetooth camera of some sort to snap pictures to the iPad while it remains in my shoulder bag or cargo pants pocket or something. Of course, then I could just have a real camera and put pictures on my computer when I get home. smile Although this could allow me to connect to the internet and email a slideshow to someone of the sites I visited five minutes before….

I wonder if I can use Apple’s headphones with mic and skype on it.

jinkies

Lack of 16:9 and true HD support are weird omissions, as is the low screen resolution.  Not surprising, but still disappointing.

The real question is: What are the DRM restrictions on things bought in the iBookstore?

Maddy

What a piece of s%^t. why shud anyone buy if they already have an iphone/mac.Bummer….
Pranav Mistry’s ‘Sixth sense’ device is 1000 times better.
Apple is still bound by handheld devices.
Grow up, Apple!

ibuck

How well will iPad work with Wi-Fi? I see lots of stores and cafes offering free wifi, but how will the experience be? 3G seems superfluous and adds to weight.

iPod Touch users, your input is requested.

Alphaman

The real question is: What are the DRM restrictions on things bought in the iBookstore?

It was stated in the presentation that it uses epub, the open standard for ebooks.  That should allow unencumbered ebooks without any problem, but still leaves open the question of if and how they implement the DRM.  epub does not spec a particular method, but leaves it as an option for each implementer.

FlipFriddle

For us tabletop RPG geeks, I can see it now: all of your books on PDF ready to view and search, a character sheet you can write on, update and save, dice roller app, maps everyone can share… no need to lug around a backpack full of books, so the normals won’t know what you are off to do. Excellent.
Too bad ePub is too primitive to allow publishing the layout intensive RPG books through it, but PDF is fine.

jinkies

It was stated in the presentation that it uses epub, the open standard for ebooks.  That should allow unencumbered ebooks without any problem, but still leaves open the question of if and how they implement the DRM.  epub does not spec a particular method, but leaves it as an option for each implementer.

Right. But what does that mean for items purchased via Apple? Will it be like iTunes where you pay a premium for non-DRM product some of the time?  I mean, I pay that premium every time I walk into a store and buy an actual book, but then it’s minemineMINE.

Completely unrelated to DRM, but no less annoying: no multitasking? Good gravy, Apple.

Lancashire-Witch

For all you Skypers - Don’t give up. Maybe it will be possible to connect a Bluetooth camera - with an appropriate app to drive it. (just guessing)

I’m surprised the screen is not 16:9.  I’m really surprised at the pricing. The functionality is amazing. I didn’t expect iWork apps - and certainly not at that price!

Just imagine how the 5th gen iPad will look in a few years!

What do you think, Bryan. Is this more or less than you expected?

Bryan Chaffin

LW, with the caveat that I expected Apple to unveil features in a way that I didn’t expect, it is remarkably close to what I’ve thought the company would unveil since I published my “iPod Super touch” column early in 2009.

I hope to finish a column for the morrow.

robofly

iPod Super Touch = win

Would not say this changes the whole game, but it sure complicates the whole game for everybody including Apple.

Pretty sure design compromises benefit (1) performance in short run, and (2) sales potential of the more-awesome rev 2, sometime around the 2010 holiday gift-giving frenzy.

geoduck

I’ll wait for v.2

The price is incredible, wonderful, far better than I was expecting. Not 16x9 is a little strange. Not a deal breaker but the form factor is a lot more square than I expected.
Not having a forward facing camera is amazing. This seems like the perfect skype pad for seniors, conference call pad for business types, video chat pad for youngsters, and so on. Without a camera it can’t do that. Without a camera it won’t do what I want it for.

I’ll wait

WaltFrench

What a piece of s%^t. why shud anyone buy if they already have an iphone/mac.Bummer?.

Two very different issues, methinks. Why buy it? Well, I might like it for a quick check of the WSJ, IMDB or Wikipedia, all functions that are awfully cramped on the iPhone but don’t warrant dragging out the laptop, onto which I pile a mountain of stuff.

And a POS? Seriously? Whether if fills your needs or not, it looks like incredible hardware.

WaltFrench

How well will iPad work with Wi-Fi?

Depends what the WiFi provider does and what you want. I have AT&T DSL, so am using my laptop thru a Starbucks location across the street. Perfectly fine for streaming Sirius radio and occasional downloads of software—just updated 8 iPhone apps that way.

I sure don’t see the iPad per se as unable meet any realistic needs OK; it has 802.11 a/b/g/n.

Bryan Chaffin

What a piece of s%^t. why shud anyone buy if they already have an iphone/mac.Bummer?.

Maddy, I would direct you to John Martellaro’s column, The ?Say What?? Moment for Apple?s Tablet.  I humbly suggest you are the living embodiment of John’s main point.

Lancashire-Witch

I humbly suggest you are the living embodiment of John?s main point.

Absolutely! Spot on, Bryan

Why buy an iPod if you already have a portable CD player, or cassette Walkman?  They all play music. Bummer. C’mon Maddy!

robofly

@Maddy:  Am I seriously going to put on gestural interface gear before breakfast, just to read the news? I am already holding the screen in my hands! Or is it that I should want to project the NY Times onto a table or the back of a bus seat?

Apple makes fun of the idea of a simple stylus, and people think a Bluetooth earpiece is already too Borg… smile

Intruder

Maybe it shud come with a spell checker too.

/snark

There will always be haters, regardless of what they make.

clunker

For us tabletop RPG geeks

Wonder how well the iPad’s curved back will work ON a tabletop…

ifotophan

Is anyone else scratching their heads on the “system requirements” for the ipad?  Why would I need to hook it up to my Mac or PC?

Intruder

Is anyone else scratching their heads on the ?system requirements? for the ipad?? Why would I need to hook it up to my Mac or PC?

Ummm…. To sync it with iTunes and transfer music and video?

Seemed kinda obvious to me….

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