Apple iPad on display

Members of the media and guests attending Apple's iPad launch event in San Francisco Wednesday got up-close, hands-on time with the new device following the presentation by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

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iPad showing CNET

Here, the iPad displays the CNET home page. The device has a 9.7-inch LCD touch-screen display, which makes use of the same multitouch technology found on the iPhone, Apple's Magic Mouse, and the company's notebook trackpads.

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Browsing the iTunes store

A user browses the iTunes store on the new iPad.

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iPad as an e-reader

The iPad will also function as an e-reader, using Apple's new iBooks store, which will feature popular books as well as textbooks. The new app features a virtual bookshelf with content from all five major publishers: Harper Collins, Hachette, Penguin, Macmillan, and Simon & Shuster (note: Simon & Shuster is a division of CBS Corporation, which publishes CNET).

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Serving up the iPad

The iPad is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds. It sports a 9.7-inch IPS display, the same display used in the latest generation iMac.

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Entering text

A user enters text on the iPad. Like the iPhone and iPod, it sports a finger-friendly OS with an on-screen QWERTY keyboard.

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iPad up close

The iPad has a fully capacitive multitouch screen. Its 1GHz custom Apple chip--called A4--is the company's most advanced. The processor, graphics, and i/o memory controller are combined on one chip.

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A big iPhone?

The device has many debating whether it's the best Apple product ever, or just a big iPhone (or both). The iPad costs $499 for the 16GB version, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. With 3G, add $130 to each model. So: $629, $729, and $829.

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