Photos can be viewed in stacks organized by events, and viewed in portrait or landscape. You sort through by flicking with your finger. A bottom bar looks like a film strip you can scroll through to see all photos in an album. You can organize by faces, places, or events, just like in iPhoto.
The iPad has a full capacitive multitouch screen, and a 1GHz custom Apple chip. It's called A4, the most advanced chip they've done, with a processor, graphics, i/o memory controller on one chip. The device can have 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of SSD storage.
The iPhone version of The New York Times app has been tweaked for the iPad. You can scroll from left to right, save articles to a reading list (which will sync to an iPhone for later reading). Tap to change the number of columns, resize text by pinching, and navigate via a bar on the bottom of the screen. You can click update and it will automatically bring in the latest stories.
Travis Boatman, a vice president for Electronic Arts, demos Need for Speed on the iPad. EA said it took "a very short amount of time" to rework the game from the iPhone to the iPad version. That means the company can redo all of its iPhone games pretty quickly.
An MLB.com app for the iPad enables you to scroll through the scoreboard on the top and see the virtual Gameday version of a game. With a bunch of screen space you can also watch highlight videos in the same window. On the bottom you can scroll through a team's lineup; click on players and their baseball card pops in a small window.
With a new app called iBooks, you can choose books from what looks like an actual bookshelf. On the upper left is a button that leads to the iBookstore. You can download books right to the iPad. All five major publishers (Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Hachette) are on the bookstore starting Wednesday afternoon.
In what Apple is calling a "breakthrough deal" with AT&T, the carrier will offer two plans: 250MB of data a month for $14.99, or unlimited data at $29.99 a month. Free use of AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots is included too. There is no contract.
The 3G models will be shipping in 90 days, while models only with Wi-Fi will start shipping in 60 days.