Skip to comments.It's called the iPad...
Posted on 01/27/2010 10:27:03 AM PST by Swordmaker
It's called the iPad... but news is coming out slowly because the Verizon data network crashed under the load...
I will post details later... when they are known.
So it’s a netbook without a closable lid?
My daughter just called me after sending me a link to the show and they had heard the base model would be $100?
That’s exactly how I feel. Bring it!
Unlocked though. Have to see if it carries T-Mo frequencies.
And the price of the iPad is....
...waiting for it...
...Starting at $499! (probably no 3G at that price, but what the hey...)
11:10 PT - DM: Shows the power of the iPad to take difficult and advanced applications. So what are we going to charge? Just $9.99 each for applications. Three completely new apps, with new user interfaces, compatible with iWork on the Mac. Easily connect to projectors (aha!). Buy on the App Store, right from the App Store.
11:11 PT - DM: Steve’s back. The iPad syncs with iTunes on your Mac/PC just like the iPhone or iPod touch. Sync Photos, Music, Movies, TV shows, Contacts, Claendars, Bookmarks, Applications. Backups are synced back. Ever lose your iPad and get another one, restore it right from the backup.
11:12 PT - DM: Let’s talk about wireless networking. Every iPad has Wi-Fi, but we’re also going to have models with 3G cellular wireless data built in as well. Now, what does it cost for the data plans? In the US, telecoms charge about $60 a month for data plans for laptop. We got a real breakthrough here, two awesome plans for iPad owners. First one gives you up to 250MB a month. Most people will get by on that: just $14.99. Unlimited data if you feel you need more, for just $29.99. Breakthrough deal with AT&T. (Yes, it’s AT&T people.) And free use of Wi-Fi hotpots all throughout US.
11:14 PT - DM: Now how do you turn this on and manage it? Don’t have to go to store, just activate it on iPad. No contract: it’s pre-pay (somebody seriously just gave a whistle to that). Cancel anytime. We think it’s phenomenal.
500 for the cheapest version. around 1000 for the top end.
Right in time for tax refund season.
More pricing info...
Wi-fi only (no 3G) iPads: 16GB for $499, 32GB for $599, and 64GB for $699
Wi-fi plus 3G iPads: 16GB for $629, 32GB for $729, and 64GB for $829.
11:15 PT - DM: Hope to have international deals in place by June/July. Gonna start on that tomorrow. All iPad 3G models are unlocked and use new GSM micro SIMs. So if carriers use micro SIMs, the existing iPad will just work.
11:18 PT - JS: It’s interesting, the flexibility they’ve built in here, and that’s a very good deal that they’ve struck with AT&T. But what will it mean for possibly doing carrier-subsidized prices?
11:16 PT - DM: So, iPad. Review time. Internet, e-mail, best device for photos. Great for enjoying music. Video is phenomenal. Runs almost all 140,000 apps on the App Store as well as a whole new generation of apps. And it has a new iBooks application with iBook Store. Carry literally thousands of books around on your iPad. And the iWork suite for doing productivity.
11:17 PT - DM: What should we price it at? If you listen to the pundits we’re going to price it at $999. When we set out to develop the iPad we not only had very ambitious technical goals and user interface goals, but we had a very aggressive price goal. We want to put this in the hands of lots of people. And just like we were able to meet or exceed our technical goals, we have met our pricing goals. Starts at $499!
11:19 PT - JS: That’s huge. Did anyone expect it to start at $499? I am starting to think they will sell a ton of these at that price.
11:18 PT - DM: At $499 a lot of people can afford an iPad. $499 for 16GB is the base model. For 32GB it’s $100 more, for another $100 you get 64GB of storage. The 3G models cost an extra $130 to build in radios. $629, $729, $829. These are the six models. The most expensive model is just $829. Unbelievable price.
11:20 PT - DM: When can you get your hands on one? 60 days, worldwide availability. Another 30 days to get 3G models through approval process, so about 90 days for 3G models. Soon you will be able to get an iPad in your hands for just $499.
Seems pretty reasonable to me, but I’m sure we will see lots of complaints on here of it being too high.
It fits right into the cargo pocket of nursing scrubs. Just sayin’
Mechanical keyboard is an option (it slides into a dock). Don’t know how portable it is yet, but if Apple has one, you can be sure a 3rd party will come out with a good portable one.
This looks quite unbalanced.
Some 3rd party is going to have to come up with a combination case + keyboard with proper weighting and a sturdy hinge to make an “iPad netbook”....
gotta have a mouse...!
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