The iPad comes in models ranging from 16GB to 64GB. All versions will have Wi-Fi, but there will be options with 3G as well. Pricing for the Wi-Fi-only models is $499, $599, and $699 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, respectively. 3G versions will be $130 more.
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The Wi-Fi model will be available April 3, and the 3G models are set to come out a bit later on. Here, you can get an up-close-and-personal look at the iPad from every angle.
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The top edge of the iPad houses a standard 3.5mm headphone jack; the bottom features Apple's standard 30-pin iPod connector port, which is used for charging the device and syncing with other computers. There are also three speaker ports on this edge.
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A closer look at the dock connector on the bottom of the device.
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Next to the headphone port on the top side of the iPad is an integrated mic.
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The screen lock is also found on the top edge.
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The right edge of the iPad houses a dedicated volume rocker and a mute switch.
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The wireless functionality is a huge selling point for the iPad and many of the features depend on it. Using Facebook as an example, Jobs demonstrates that you'll get full-on Web browsing, rather than the mobile-optimized version found on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
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The iPad's virtual keypad is ample and automatically displays in landscape mode. Apple will also offer an external keyboard accessory for tactile typing.
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Media is a huge part of Apple's portable experience, so it's no surprise that it takes center stage on the iPad. Here's a view of the photo-browsing experience.
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And if anything, the iPad is much better for portable video-viewing than the iPhone and iPod Touch thanks to the much larger screen.
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Naturally, Apple wasn't going to let all those iPhone and iPod Touch apps go to waste. There was some scaling and tweaking required, but iPad owners can expect a store full of 140,000 apps to choose from (and counting).
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One of Apple's main goals with the iPad is to take on the Kindle and other e-readers. Of course, it has a big advantage with the color screen, which increases the functionality of the reader and allows for unique browsing experiences, such as the Bookshelves view in Apple's new iBook store.
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The iPad isn't all play, and no work. Apple will have a special iWork package for the tablet. The pack is priced at $99, and this image shows a demo of the Keynote presentation software.
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Steve Jobs showed off the iPad at an Apple event. It looks like an iPhone on steroids.
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It's not for everyone, but one thing is for certain: Apple's step into the tablet space will not go unnoticed. Don't be surprised to see a slew of copycats cropping up over the coming months, or...dare we say it? Better and cheaper tablets from other manufacturers.
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