Apple iPad launch: The first specs

There's some interesting omissions in the specs of the new Apple tablet, the iPad. Here's an overview of the hardware

The long-anticipated tablet iPad has arrived , and Apple CEO Steve Jobs has let us in on some of the specs.

The iPad is 13mm (0.5 inches) thin and weighs 680g. It boasts a 9.7-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen. It isn't 16:9, despite showing widescreen high-definition films and YouTube videos.

Inside is Apple's own A4 1GHz chip. There's 16, 32 or 64GB of flash storage built-in. 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR are built-in, with 3G an optional extra. Jobs pulled up his own location, but that seems to just be via Wi-Fi rather than GPS.

Other features include an accelerometer, compass, speaker and microphone, but no cameras. Jobs claims 10 hours of battery life, and over a month on standby.

Here's a video of Steve Jobs demonstrating the iPad's browsing capabilities from our sister site CNET.com:

Photo credit: James Martin, CNET News

 

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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