Apple's iPad, Aka TouchXL, Detailed

Ringing it at $US500 to $US830, the newly announced 1.5-pound (0.68kg) iPad doesn't seem to bring much new to the table, despite Apple calling it magical.

Here's a run down of the specs, prices, details of the iPad. Let me know if you find any of the magic.


Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)

Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)

Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)

Weight: 1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model; 1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model


9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology with 178-degree viewing angle

Touch has been reengineered for the iPad to make it "extremely precise and responsive"

1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)

Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating


16GB, 32GB, 64GB flash memory


1 Ghz Apple A4 chip



Ambient light sensor

Battery and Power

Built-in 25Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery

Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music

Charging via power adaptor or USB to computer system

Input and Output

Dock connector

3.5-mm stereo headphone jack

Built-in speakers


SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)

Buttons and controls

On off, sleep wake switch


Volume up and down

Home button

Built in Apps








App Store






Home Screen

Spotlight Search


The iPad will run "almost all of the apps" designed for the iPhone. You can run any of them in normal size or your can expand them to fill your screen.

Only two games designed, rather redesigned, for the iPad have been shown off so far: First-person shooter NOVA and Need for Speed: Shift.


    I think it's the best of what we expected. Just too bad it runs on the iPhone OS and not more of a standard Mac OS, but hey.

      Actually, the iPhone OS *is* Mac OSX, but has been cut down to size so it fits on the small hardware.

        this hardware aint that small

      No this is a good thing. Having a multitasking OS on a screen that small just doesnt work. You want the device to become the app you are using. Its not like you are going to be ripping dvds, encoding video and playing a game at the same time.

      A standard OSX would have just made it as bad as every other windows tablet.

    yawn! its an iphone with a big screen. someone put a different os on it and i might be interested. hackers to the rescue

    Having read the specs and seen the concept pictures and seen the price I can only ask: What's the point?

    The iPad is basically an enlarged version of the iPod Touch (which itself is actually a cut down iPhone). At the specified price, why doesn't one just get a Mac Mini instead?

    Also at 10 hours of battery life, it shows that Apple still has not learned anything from the poor battery life of its iPhone.

      the point is the little apple logo, nothing else. this is purely an image device (and it doesn't even have a camera)

      we live in a vain world

      You cant use a mac mini on a bus or train. You cant use one in a coffee shop... The extra screen real estate makes it a lot better for the web and reading. Think of it as a portable web/game console.

      If you cant see why this is useful then you have a lack of imagination...

    how the hell are you supposed to carry that?

    Yep lots of hype but I still think its very interesting. I reckon RTS or other strategy games would be great on the platform.

    Does it support Flash for web browsing? If not, MAXIMUM FAIL.

      no of course it doesn't support Flash.. it's running iPhone OS.. which doesn't
      ps no multitasking either.

    You have to remember this isn't competing with the iPhone or iPod Touch. It's competing with tablet PCs, and as such it's actually pretty decent.

    You'd be hard pressed to find a tablet that offers all of these features, with such extended and valued services, at that price; I think this device is going to do pretty well, probably not as well as the iPhone, but it will provide some new competition.

    I'd love a tablet PC, but the price is still a bit too much for me. I'll wait until it comes down a couple of hundred in a year or 2, like the iPhone 3G.

    no magic sighted...
    overhyped, overpriced, underspecced, underwhelmed.
    what is the point?

    The way I imagine using this is like the Padd on Star Trek; it's a portable information device. You can surf the net on your couch, take it into the bathroom and read a book on the can, watch a movie in bed... it's a light-use computer that isn't bound to a table.

    Though it seems a bit bigger than I thought it would be. I'd need to hold it I think.

      So kind of like... a laptop?

    I think it's actually not that good looking for an Apple product. Huge black frame around the outside and a 4:3 screen? Why not a widescreen? Couldn't they have cut down the sides and extended it a bit?

    Not surprising that apple simply went 'Hey, nintendo made a huge version of their DS, lets do that for our iPhone!'

    Still very dissapointing, tablet PC's are meh at best, all the pitfalls of a laptop with almost none of it's advantages. There isn't a single situation where i would want the iPad over a laptop or an iPhone/psp

    I guess they;re thinking it will be a success cause of the iPhone.

    Tablets aren't popular and i don't see them becoming that so. Laptops are just the easier choice. Perhaps making a TouchScreen MacbookPro is a better choice.

    iPhone was luck in a way. I'm no Apple hater AT all. But everyone and critics alike, compare new smartphones and touch screens to the iPhone. "Is this the new iPhone killer".

    There are PLENTY of phones out their better than the iPhone. Better camera some have better OS. Web browsing, but only a few. All of that. But it's because its APPLE as to why it has had so much success. Apple, although primary a company for Computers and OS - is a company that is known for its iPod and iPhone.

    It's the things like the iPhone and iPod that Apple is known for and where it draws its most success. Its the little things that are going to be popular. MAC will never overtake Windows, much like their iMacs and Macbooks will never become the best sellers. It's pricing and familiarity that prevent Apple from doing so.

    They think this tablet or iPad, will be the next iPhone or iPod. Because both of those devices weren't relatively popular when released. Goodluck to them, but i believe this will be the one device that isn't going to be that successful as the rest. It will sell good, but not as good as what they hope.

    For the iPhone part - it is a good phone. But there are greater phones out their. Just that, iPhone is the iPhone. The name does it wonders too. But it does have that great touch-screen that not many other phones can match. Apple just leave a lot of tech OUT and thats why they haven't got the larger share with their OS and hardwares.

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