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Apple launches iPad

The rumors of a new Apple tablet computer proved to be true yesterday, when the new iPad was unveiled at a special event in San Francisco. It’s a touchscreen-based large-screen device weighing 1.5 pounds, with a 16, 32, or 64GB solid-state hard drive, a brand-new 1GHz Apple A4 processing chip, 10 hours of battery life (plus 30 days of standby power), built-in wi-fi, optional 3G, and more. It’s a web browser, game host, ebook reader (ePub compatible and also available from Apple’s new iBookstore), music player, photo display, e-mail device, and it can do serious work, too: it runs a version of Apple’s iWork suite (Pages word processor, Numbers spreadsheet, Keynote presentations), plus iPhone apps and new apps that are just for iPad, plus much more. All ranging in price from $499 to $829 (depending on storage, 3G, etc.)!

Accessories include a dock, dock with keyboard, and a case that doubles as a stand for video watching.

According to Steve Jobs, “‘Our most advanced technology in a magical & revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.’ We think this is going to be a really great combination.”

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