Apple has launched iPad, a new touchscreen device similar to the iPod Touch. It will include an e-book reader, with content from publishers including the New York Times and Penguin Books.
According to Apple,
->iPad price starts at $499.
->Wi-Fi Models shipping in late March.
->3G Models shipping in April.
Find below the Key features of iPad.
->It is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds— thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook.
->The screen is 9.7-inches and has an LED-backlit display.
->It will use special adaptive charging technology to deliver up to 1,000 charge cycles without a significant decrease in battery capacity over a typical five year lifespan.
->Multi-touch Screen that works in any orientation. It will provide Simple and easy navigation of browser(Safari) in any orientation (portrait and landscape).
->Email provides some improved features such as split-screen view showing both an opened email and list of messages in the inbox in landscape mode. It works for most of email providers including MobileMe, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, and AOL.
->It can be used as digital photoframe while it’s is docked or charging.
->The large, high-resolution screen makes iPad perfect for watching any kind of video: from HD movies and TV shows to podcasts and music videos. Switch between widescreen and full screen with a double-tap
->The YouTube app organizes videos so they’re easy to see and navigate.
->Map enables to see more of the world with high-resolution satellite and street view images.
->iPad shows multiple calendars at once, so you can manage work and family schedules at the same time.
->The Contacts app on iPad makes finding names, numbers, and other important information quicker and easier.
->iPad runs almost 140,000 apps from the App Store. And new apps (12 new innovative apps) designed specially for iPad are highlighted
->With its expansive display and large, onscreen keyboard, iPad makes jotting down notes easy.
->Spotlight Search allows you to search across iPad and all of its built-in apps, including Mail, Contacts, Calendar, iPod, and Notes.
->The iBooks app is a great new way to read and buy books.(iBooks available in the U.S. only.)
A new Software Development Kit (SDK) for iPad will be available so developers, including marketers, can create “amazing new apps” designed to take advantage of iPad’s capabilities.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executve, says: iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price
It seems News paper and magazine publishers are happy with this iPad.
HuffingtonPost calls this as "Apple's next Chapter".
HerandSun says Steve Jobs and Apple's iPad tablet computer will almost certainly be a success
Among all of these features, lot of discussions are going on about e-reader feature of the iPad. Some people are saying that it will killAmazon Kindle as this iPad is useful for multiple purposes apart from reading books. But, some people are refusing it as the cost of ipad usage will be more due to separate data connection whereas Amazon wireless data transfer won't require any continues data connection.
Steve Jobs credited Amazon with pioneering the category with the Kindle, but said "we are going to stand on their shoulders and go a little bit farther."
Mashable lists some points for both sides of arguments.
Yahoo Finance article says iPad won't kill the Kindle
Generally, most of the people are saying that iPad won't kill Kindle for next one year, and it may kill Kindle after one year. You can share your comments about this discussion.
What do you think? Whether iPad will kill the Kindle or not? (Anyway, I am not sure whether we can compare iPad and Kindle even before seeing the iPad, the actual performance of iPad may be different from Demo)
It may be very difficult to judge what will happen in future.
So, my next question is very easy one. What is your wish? Whether you want to support Kindle or iPad or both. You can take the below poll.
This iPad is no where related to Google Nexus One which will be in direct competition with iPhone. Google Nexus users are expecting something similar to iPad from Google.
I too believe Google will release an ebook-reader which will dominate both iPad and Kindle. Because Google is already having significant success with Google Books project. And, it is experimenting Knol, a publishing platform. It entered into mobile world by selling Nexus One. So, we can expect a superior ebook-reader from Google which will have advantages of both iPad and Kindle in addition to its own search power.
iPad is NOT having flash support and it won't support multi-tasking (have to close one app/program to open another). And there is no built-in camera and much more shortcomings.
If you are very much interested in buying this iPad, you can register your email here for getting notified once the ipad becomes available.
Find below YouTube video showing Demo from Steve Jobs.