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    Nov 2005

    10:31 a.m.: Back to software. Scott Forstall, senior vice president of iPhone software, is going to talk to us about the App Store now.

    10:32 a.m.: The iPad can run virtually every app unmodified from the App Store. They do that by running them centered and small in the middle of the screen, or they can double the pixels to make them fill the screen of the iPad.

    With Facebook, for example, you can play with the standard iPhone app version of it or click the 2x button on the bottom right and the app window blows up to fit the screen.

    10:34 a.m.: Forstall demos a game for us. Just like with Facebook, he starts with the app window small and centered on the screen and later selects full screen.

    10:35 a.m.: All the apps you already have will work on the iPad. But developers can also modify the apps themselves to fit the screen.

    "That's what we did for our apps," Forstall says.

    The iPhone SDK now supports development for the iPad as well. The new SDK will come out today.

    10:36 a.m.: There's an iPad simulator included.

    10:37 a.m.: Apple will feature apps built specifically for the iPad "front and center," on the App Store, he says.

    Some developers who've already had a peek at the iPad SDK are going to show us what they've come up with in a few weeks. First up, Gameloft, a game developer often featured at iPhone events.

    10:40 a.m.: A Gameloft representative shows a first-person shooter game that was made for the iPad. Its default is the full-screen mode. Like iPhone games, you can use the accelerometer to navigate and the touch screen to drag items around the screen.

    10:40 a.m.: Editor's note: Meanwhile, Apple's stock is down more than 2 percent on the day, trading at around $200 a share (although it is a down day overall for the market).

    10:40 a.m.: Now, The New York Times is getting its turn.

    10:41 a.m.: Martin Nisenholtz from the NYT has been working with the iPad for three weeks.

    10:43 a.m.: They've taken the iPhone app version of the NYT app and make it for the iPad. You can scroll from left to right, save articles to a reading list (which will sync to an iPhone for later reading), tap to change the number of columns, resize text by pinching, and navigate via a bar on the bottom of the screen. You can click "update" and it will automatically bring in the latest stories.

    10:43 a.m.: Now a painting app for the iPhone, called Brushes, is going to be demoed. The developer behind it, Steve Sprang, takes the stage.

    10:45 a.m.: You can scroll from left to right through paintings, and with pop-up windows you can pick colors, brushes, and other tools. If you want to share, you can send to Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, etc.

    10:46 a.m.: Electronic Arts is getting its turn now.

    10:48 a.m.: "Need for Speed," is the game they're showing. They said it took "a very short amount of time" to rework it from the iPhone to the iPad version. That means they can redo all of their iPhone games pretty quickly.

    10:49 a.m.: is up now.

    10:50 a.m.: "We couldn't just take our existing iPhone app and make it bigger," MLB's Chad Evans says.

    10:51 a.m.: You can scroll through the scoreboard on the top, see the virtual Gameday version of a game, but with a bunch of screen space you can also watch highlight videos in the same window. On the bottom you can scroll through a team's lineup, click on players and their baseball card pops in a small window.

    You can also watch full-screen live video of games.

    10:53 a.m.: Jobs is back. He puts a picture of the Kindle on screen. "Amazon's done a great job of pioneering this functionality with the Kindle. We're going to stand on their shoulders and go a bit further."

    The new app is called iBooks.

    10:54 a.m.: You can choose books from what looks like an actual bookshelf. On the upper left is a button that leads to the iBook Store. Can download books right to the iPad. All five major publishers (Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, MacMillan, and Hachette) are on the bookstore starting this afternoon.

    Now we're getting a demo of the books app.

    10:55 a.m.: The user interface is exactly like iTunes or the App Store.

    10:56 a.m.: To read a book, you tap on it and it opens to be read via portrait or landscape. Tap anywhere on the right to flip forward in pages, tap on the left to go back. You can also pick up a page and lift it by dragging your finger right to left.

    10:57 a.m.: A scroll bar on the bottom shows your progress through the book and what page you're on.

    You can also change font and size if you want.

    10:58 a.m.: It uses the ePub format. Not just popular books, but textbooks are coming as well.

    But he moves on quickly without giving any detail about textbooks.

    10:59 a.m.: Now Jobs is talking about iWork, and invites Phil Schiller, senior vice president of product marketing, to give more details.

    11:00 a.m.: The iWork team has reworked the software for the iPad, including a brand new version of Keynote to make presentations with touch input only.
    Also new versions of Pages and Numbers.

    11:02 a.m.: Schiller is demoing those for us now.

    11:09 a.m.: First he runs through all the multitouch features of Keynote. Then he moves on to the way you can create page layouts with Pages by scrolling, do automatic text wrapping by putting images on pages with text already on them, and change column numbers with popup menus. With Numbers, you can also create a spreadsheet with just touch input. You can drag spreadsheet columns by dragging, and add rows of data. By clicking on a column, a pop-up calculator appears to input numbers or calculations.

    11:10 a.m.: A quick sidenote while they wrap up that demo: We still haven't heard anything about a cellular connection for this device. Jobs has only indicated that there's Wi-Fi so far.

    11:11 a.m.: Back to iWork: Schiller says each iWork application will cost $9.99.

    11:12 a.m.: Jobs is back to talk about iTunes. The iPad syncs via USB to a Mac or PC. That will sync your photos, music, contacts, everything--just like an iPod or iPhone.

    11:13 a.m.: Now on to wireless networking. All iPads have Wi-Fi. We're also going to have models with 3G, he says. (I guess I spoke too soon.)

    11:14 a.m.: It's a "real breakthrough," he says. Two plans: 250MB of data every month for $15.

    The second plan: unlimited plan for $30 per month. AT&T is the provider.
    Free use of AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots is included too.

    11:15 a.m.: Customers don't have to go to an AT&T store to activate it. They can do it right on the iPad. There is no contract; both plans are pre-paid. This also elicits some excited applause.

    International 3G plans won't be available until June. All iPads are unlocked. They use GSM micro SIMs.

    11:16 a.m.: This summer, there will be "even better deals" for international customers, Jobs says.

    11:18 a.m.: The price is coming up now. If you listen to the pundits, we're going to price it under $1,000, he says.

    We had a very aggressive price goal, he says.

    11:18 a.m.: It's $499.

    11:19 a.m.: To start, anyway, at 16GB.

    Pricing is: $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. To get 3G, add $130 to each. So 3G costs are: $629, $729, and $829.

    11:20 a.m.: They'll start shipping Wi-Fi models everywhere in 60 days.
    The 3G models will be shipping in 90 days.

    11:21 a.m.: There are accessories for this thing too. A charging dock you can use to display the iPad in portrait. Also a keyboard dock, so you don't have to use a virtual keyboard all the time.

    "When you really need to do a lot of typing, this is the way to go," Jobs says.

    11:22 a.m.: A black case is available, too, that can flip open to be a stand for viewing the device.

    He's showing us one of their standard marketing videos featuring designer Jonathan Ive, Phil Schiller, and co.

    Editor's note: Meanwhile, CNET's Ina Fried just posted a story noting how people must be banging their heads on a wall in Redmond. The company has been working on tablets for 10 years.

    11:30 a.m.: The video's over, and Jobs is back.

    11:31 a.m.: He says that because 75 million people already own iPod Touches and iPhones, that's all people who already know how to use the iPad.

    11:32 a.m.: He says 125 million credit cards are already hooked up to iTunes and the App Store, so they're scaled and ready for new customers.

    11:34 a.m.: There's a hands-on area where we can go and check out the iPad for ourselves.

    11:35 a.m.: And that's it. Thanks for following our blog today. We'll have lots of follow-up coverage and analysis, so please check back with CNET throughout the day.
    Last edited by uls; January 28th, 2010 at 11:29 AM.

  2. Join Date
    Jan 2005
    go get one and join the i-FAD

  3. Join Date
    Oct 2002

    Record breaking design time? Tom Bihn bags announces two iPad products

    by Scott Carmichael (RSS feed) on Jan 27th 2010 at 7:30PM

    In what I can only describe as "holy cow", Tom Bihn bags announced two iPad cases a mere 3 hours after the introduction of the new tablet from Apple this afternoon.

    The first of the cases is the Ristretto - a vertical messenger bag with a 6mm open cell foam protection. The second is the Cache - a foam padded sleeve designed for the iPad on its own, or inside the Apple case/stand. Both bags are checkpoint friendly, which means you won't run the risk of a clumsy TSA agent dropping your precious tablet on the airport floor.

    The Cache retails for $30 and is available for pre-order. It will ship within 10 days of the iPad release. The Ristretto sells for $110, and is available immediately. Both bags comes with a lifetime warranty.

    Something tells me this is just the start of a whole new lineup of iPad accessories, but kudos to Tom Bihn for being the first!

  4. Join Date
    Dec 2005

    And it is spawning a lot of designs behind it...

    Now, we all need to learn to speak and distinguish between ipod and ipad...


  5. Join Date
    Jun 2006
    does it have e-paper display like kindle?

  6. Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Quote Originally Posted by mazzipino View Post
    It's just a bigger version of the iPhone/iPod Touch. Looks more like one of those digital photo frames :D
    I thought the same too. I was never a fan of Apple anyway

  7. Join Date
    Jun 2006
    iPad, funny name.


    Last edited by Negus; January 28th, 2010 at 01:43 PM.

  8. Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Noong una kong nakita name ng thread kala ko locally made ipod na bisayang name.. Hmm, sana pataasin pa ang specs nito para maka-attract ng buyers.. Mataas kasi ang expectation natin

  9. Join Date
    Jul 2006
    No Flash, No HDMI, No USB, No Front Camera.

    Para lang sa mga Fanboys etong product na eto.

  10. Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Quote Originally Posted by mikmik316 View Post
    No Flash, No HDMI, No USB, No Front Camera.

    Para lang sa mga Fanboys etong product na eto.
    It's just an iTouch, just with a bigger 10 inch screen.

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