Apple unveils iPad tablet


Apple has unveiled the much rumoured tablet device, the iPad which integrates the iPhone OS with a customisable background.

An update is going to be made available for the iPhone which also enables the background to be customised.

The iPad is 0.5-inches thick, lighter and thinner than a netbook and has a 10-hour battery life. It comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, and between 16GB to 64GB internal memory. It integrates its own-branded Apple A4 1GHz processor.

It is an ebook reader with an ebook store also integrated with books available from publishers including Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Hachette priced between $7.99 to $14.99.

The iPad also has a calendar application which can be flicked through like a book, the full version of iTunes and YouTube videos can be watched in HD. It does it have a camera and the 3G version is available unlocked on AT&T in USA, using the new smaller micro-SIM card.

The iPad can be connected to iTunes account for existing applications to be transferred.

It is priced at $499 (£308).

During the conference in its headquarter in Cupertino, California, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said Apple is the largest mobile device company in the world.

“Apple is larger than Sony’s mobile device business, Samsung’s and by revenue, bigger than Nokia.”

“I’ve enjoyed the hype. This is a very thin device with the best browsing experience ever – way better than a laptop and a smartphone. It’s a dream to type on.