Belfast Telegraph

Apple’s iPad ‘will change the world’

Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the new iPad during an event in San Francisco
Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the new iPad during an event in San Francisco
Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the new iPad in San Francisco

It's called the iPad. It looks like a large iPhone, with just a single button on the front. It has a 9.7in screen and weighs in at 1.5lb

And it will cost you around £350 for the cheapest model.

Don't pretend you didn't want to know.

Apple, inventor of the Macintosh computer and the iPod, launched a new computer yesterday and the company's boss Steve Jobs claimed it will change the world.

After months of hype and rumour-mongering that only seemed to get more intense the more tightlipped Apple executives became, Jobs stepped on to a San Francisco stage yesterday to declare the opening of a whole new category of electronic device. Halfway between a smartphone and a portable computer, the touchscreen-operated iPad will provide a whole new way to buy books and newspapers, play games, watch films and TV shows and surf the web, he said.

“We want to kick off 2010 by introducing a truly magical and revolutionary product,” he said.

Apple is confident the iPad will escape the fate of previous attempts at tablet computers now that so more applications are available for the device.

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And he also yesterday launched the iBookstore, from where users can quickly and easily download electronic books to read on the device.

Prices will range from $499 to $829 in the US, and the first versions will go on sale in 60 days.

There was no immediate detail on arrangements in the UK, or on local currency prices for the device outside the US.

Belfast Telegraph

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