No we really know more.
What is the iPad for, which is the name that finally has been chosen for Apple’s slate mobile device?
Steve Jobs‘ answer in his presentation just some hours ago: “Browsing the web. Doing email. Enjoying and sharing pics. Watching videos. Enjoying music. Playing games. Reading ebooks.”
Has it potential for enterprise/corporate use? Yes, but first some new apps need to be developed. Nice: „Nearly all“ 140,000 current iPhone apps will run on the iPad – great.
The iPad has A-GPS and Google maps, given that existing iPhone apps run on it the iPad could become an amazing navigator!
Has the launch been overwhelming? No. Is it a great product? Yes.
Will it change “the media world”? Yes, but Apple is not alone. The change is coming. From my talk with a big German publisher, they are preparing and watching, experimenting. Stay tuned.
Of course there are many questions left open, but hey, tomorrow will be another day: Did the demo machines already run on iPhone OS 4.0? If not (U: we hear it was version 3.2), was that the reason there was no multitasking to be seen?
As Evernote is so happy about the new slate (and tablet PCs in general): Where is digital ink? Can I write on the screen and would ink get converted? That is the opportunity for HP with its slate and Lenovo (who is working on an eco system and not just the hardware, as VP Dion Weisler told me in advance of the Apple launch) with the hybrid IdeaPad U1.
European launch partners on the media side?
Here are the specs summed up, you can find them on iPad’s site:
Most important for European customers: Apart of the WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n model (availability within 60 days) there will be a Wi-Fi+3G model with HSDPA and GSM/EDGE. Not sure if Apple will allow apps to use it as a phone via Bluetooth headset. 3G results in 130 US-$ higher price and 50 gramm more of weight: 730g instead of 680g. Availability within 90 days.
Other main differentiator Storage: 16, 32 or 64 GB Flash (499 to 699 US-$).
All models are powered by a 1 GHz “Apple A4” ARM based CPU.
Screen 9.7 inch IPS with Backlit, glossy, 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi) – and H.264 video up to 720p at 30 frames/s. No Flash (which is good news, I think – one battery drainer less).
New integrated software: iBook (ePub format!) books from iBook store
BTW, don’t use it on the street now, in there winter days: Operating temperatures are 0° to 35° C (32°-95° F). Berlin, -18° C (-.4° F) at the moment.
Ahem, Microsoft, the Courier is due when? eBook only? More pressure for you.
And hard times for pure ebook makers to come. 499 for a more or less complete PC experience while e.g. Plastic Logic plans to charge up to 800 Dollar for an 8 GB device. Or compare that with the grey Kindle DX no apps yet experience for 500 $.
PS: “This device has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission.” You can find this note on all product pages at the moment – helped to keep the iPad a secret ;)