Apple iPad Recap-First Look-Start Price $499

Just finished the press conference. Here’s some key points for your review:

Web Screen Shot Courtesy of Apple

Some key features of the iPad:

Apple is describing this as an experience as much as device
“It comes alive in your hands”.

User interface is clearly descended from iPhone and iTouch. Should be easy
transition for those familiar with them.

Screen is backlit OLED

Available in WiFi and 3G

Approx 9.5 inches x 7.5 inches, 0.5 deep, glossy touch screen, approx 1.5 lbs weight
Important: claimed viewing angle of 178 degrees.

Sizes: $499 16gb, 32gb $599, $64gb 799, add $130 for 3G models

Availability: wifi 60 days, 3g in 60 days

On screen keyboard, and attachable keyboard, built in microphone, speakers

Looks like excellent book reader – could put Kindle in the peanut machine?
Can view two pages at same time.

iPad Internal Keypad

iPad Folder




Runs very fast compared to iTouch/iPhone

Foldable case which looks cool.

Optional external keyboard also provides USB port

Looks like it runs one app at a time – to be verified

The stand can also be flipped around to prop the iPad up for viewing (cool!)

Battery life claimed is 10 hours in use

Runs a number of apps, iWork, iPhoto, email client, internet, many more apps.

Good mail attachment support (diff file formats)

Connects to projectors

Last but not least: What I don’t know is if there will be image editing apps beyone iPhoto available for this device that will help photographers. Also don’t know much about color quality of the screen – which looks great so far – for related work.

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6 thoughts on “Apple iPad Recap-First Look-Start Price $499

  1. I’m no expert, but I’d been following the photo-related apps for the iPhone. There are some decent apps for basic editing of photos on the iPhone, so they’ll run “out-of-the-box” on the iPad. And I’m sure that the developers will shortly tweak the apps to take full advantage of the added real estate that the iPad affords.

    I haven’t noticed any info from Apple about editing photos in the iPad’s Photos app (which is not the same as iPhoto). Other 3rd-party apps will likely take its place.

    There is the Camera Connector kit for transferring photos to the iPad, which means that the Epson P-7000 (or similar device) that might have been on my shopping list is now forgotten! ;-)

    No word on best way to transfer photos from the iPad, though. Over Wi-Fi?

    Sounds intriguing, though.

  2. I don’t see the the how iPad can be used for heavy duty photo editing because of it’s built-in 64GB storage.

    So far it looks like an bigger iPod Touch. Since I skipped the iPod Touch, I’ll probably buy this since it’s only slightly more expensive than the Touch.

    My only concern is the non-user replaceable battery.

  3. Greetings~
    I am going to purchase one with the 3G option and max out on the memory option. For my needs this will replace a MacBook Pro I was to purchase.

    Steve, the Mad Ziantist

  4. Looks like a nice gadget to play with while in Starbucks, but, I haven’t figured out what everyday use it would have for the photographer, especially compared to a small lightweight laptop.

    If it was just a real nice color ebook reader, I’d go for it, but at a much lower price.

    As a new computing device however:

    At least on the laptop, you can multi-task, and, you can run flash.

    I’d be curious what Apple is going to do in future versions. I’d say, let it run Mac OS, give it slots to plug in a keyboard ( a real one), and possibly add some memory and hard disk space, then maybe you’re talking.

    Don’t count Apple out on this one, they have a tendency to “invent” new industries.

    Nice article David. Great site. Keep up the good work!

    Kevin Moss
    http://kevinmossphotography.com

    • Kevin – thanks for the kind words.

      I have conflicting feelings about the iPad. I do not see it as a substitute for a laptop. However, on customer calls
      and client presentations it could be quite useful – and the cool gadget “halo” will make the iPad irresistable
      for showing portfolios, at least for a while.

      I would very much like to see a Mac OS version of the iPad.

      David

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