Apple Unveils iPad, Starting at $499
Apple on Wednesday introduced its "latest creation," an ultra-thin, multimedia tablet device that it calls the "iPad." The device, which CEO Steve Jobs called a "magical and revolutionary product," resembles a large iPhone, and is meant to take up the space in between an iPhone and a Mac laptop computer.
The device will range in price from $499 to $829, depending on hard drive size and 3G or lack thereof. The first version will arrive in 60 days (on or about March 29) and the 3G-enabled version will arrive in 90 days (April 29.)
Weighing 1.5 pounds and boasting a 9.7-inch screen, the iPad performs numerous functions: It can be used for Web browsing, email, photos, music and video viewing, gaming and, through a new book-reading application called iBooks, e-book reading. The device can also easily access both the iTunes Store and the App Store, in addition to the new iBook store.