Live-Blogging the Live-Blogging of Apple’s Unveiling of the iPad Tablet
EDITOR’S NOTE: Earlier today, we live-blogged the live-blogging of the unveiling of Apple’s new iPad. The full minute-by-minute rundown of the new device is after the jump.
12:59 p.m.: As we mentioned earlier today, we’ll be live-blogging the live-blogging of Apple’s Tablet unveiling at 1 p.m. ET today at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. All our news (and the occasional photo) will come via Engadget, Gizmodo, and Vanity Fair (VF on Twitter).
1:02 p.m.: The event is beginning. Don’t forget there’s probably 30 minutes of other announcements before the “one more thing.”
1:03 p.m.: Steve Jobs is on stage, looking skinny, but not “unhealthy skinny.”
1:04 p.m.: “A truly magical product.” But first, some updates. 250 million iPods sold.
1:06 p.m.: Apple started in 1976
1:08 p.m.: They get almost all their revenue from three mobile devices: iPods, laptops, and iPhones:
1:09: let’s get right to the main event: THE TABLET.
1:10: What comes between one and the other? “SO all of us use laptops and smartphones… the question has arisen; is there room for something in the middle. We’ve wondered for years as well — in order to create that category, they have to be far better at doing some key tasks… better than the laptop, better than the smartphone.”
1:11: It’s the iPAD!
Follow along after the jump….
1:15: Here’s Jobs holding it, btw, so you can see the scale:
1:16: Here’s that big keyboard I’m hopefully going to learn to love:
1:19: There’s still no Flash plug-in.
1:20: Btw, it has iCal, iTunes, Safari, etc. Everything you’d expect it to have. Very slick of course.
1:24: New iTunes layout, sort of. Again, slick.
1:28: Video is as cool as you’d expect.
1:29: .5 inches thin, 1.5 pounds — 9.7 inch IPS display
1:31: The 1GHz Apple A4 chip. Available in 16GB, 32, 64…. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
1:32: 10 hours of batter time, even watching video! A month of standby. Hard to believe.
1:33: Can run all iPhone apps unmodified out of the box. Basically the apps run the size they’d run on an iPhone. But you can “pixel double” them, and they’d run full screen. The App creators will now need to make two apps…
1:35: Engadget says “10:33AM Gaming obviously will handle this better, but a text heavy app looks lonely or weirdly huge.” Engadget also points “no word on multitasking, but we haven’t seen it. Jumps into and out of apps, nothing running concurrently.”
1:41: Games look cool. Here’s FPS Nova from Gameloft. Ships later this year. New game controls. Circle your enemies to target your attack. Use fingers to slide open a door or toss a grenade, etc.
1:43: The New York Times iPad app. Embedded videos and photo slide shows and such, as expected.
1:47: Showing off “Brushes” painting-type app. Ho-hum.
1:49: Need for Speed looking cool:
1:53: MLB is on board.
1:56: Introducing iBooks. Gives Amazon’s Kindle lots of credit, saying they’re going to “stand on their shoulders.”
2 p.m.: iWork runs on the iPad, meaning Apple’s basic word processing, spreadsheet, keynote, etc. programs. Lots of family-oriented charts and calendars and such. You wouldn’t want to write a 20-page paper with one of these things.
2:11: Still have iWork demos going. Do you need to keep track of your kids’ soccer goals?
2:14: Gizmodo: A few other thingsId like to talk about iTunes. It syncs like an iPhone with your Mac or PC over the 30-pin cable. You sync everything: photos, music, movies, TV shows, contacts, calendars, bookmarks and applications, like the iPhone. Even backups.
2:15: Wifi plus 3G service on some models.
2:16: AT&T! $14.99 for up to 250 MB of data; $29.99 for unlimited service; free AT&T wifi hotspots; no contract, cancel anytime. “Breakthrough” deal. Yes, but they can’t handle the SERVICE! And you can’t make a phone call on it, even though that call would probably drop anyway.
2:22: Prices. Cheapest is $499 with WiFi and 16GB. who the f*ck would want this with no 3G? $629 for cheapest with 3G.
2:24: “We will be shipping iPads in 60 days, worldwide availability of Wi-Fi models.” It’ll be another 30 days beyond that for 3G models.
2:25: Accessories include a dock and keyboard. Duh. And a case that can allow it to stand up on display.
2:37: “This is a magical device, at a breakthrough price.”
AG’s FINAL ANALYSIS: I want an iPad, but I really don’t need one. Especially if it’s on AT&T. “