Apple announces iPad

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  1. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

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    Anyone else see it yet? Very cool, but they still haven't announced a price.
  2. Buzz

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    You know what? I kinda like the idea of pushing buttons... hehehe :EVILLE:
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    All I've heard about the price is it's more than the Wii, PS3 and Xbox combined. I'm watching the live feed on Engadget and I like what I'm seeing.
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    http://www.cnet.com/apple-ipad/

    There was also hope that he would announce the iPhone would no longer be exclusively tied to AT&T. Don't see news of that yet.
  5. rjblue

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    I can't believe they called it that. The first reaction of my two daughters was "ewww" it sounds like a feminine hygiene product. (and there's a youtube for it- I'll link in a minute)

    http://ow.ly/113FO

    I pad. Bwah.
  6. Andora

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    My mac-loving other half says it looks like a large iphone. We then proceeded to imitate how it would work as such. :p
  7. genegri

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    Apple IPad will start at $499 and will start shipping in 60 days.
  8. skatingfan5

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    I have to admit, that was my first thought as well. :lol: And my second was "didn't they have any women on that design team -- or at least doing their marketing research?" My third thought was to try to come up with a name that used their rubric that didn't have the icky/squicky connotation. Hmm, iNote? Not very good, but definitely better than iPad, at least to my female ears.
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    $499 is not bad but that is where it STARTS. Wonder how much the nice ones cost? I knew I should have bought stock in Apple.

    I see how people think iPad sounds like a feminine hygiene product but to me it just sounds really similar to iPod and I don't think of anything else.
  10. skatingfan5

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    Is that for "Regular" or "Light Days"? :p You know the "Maxi" version will cost considerably more. :slinkaway
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  11. skatingfan5

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    To women it definitely has resonance beyond "sounds similar to iPod". Wait for the jokes about it being prone to problems "at certain times of the month." It won't be very long, I'm sure.
  12. cruisin

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    That probably won't happen for a while yet. The exclusivity contract won't expire until June. There has been speculation that AT&T will not be able to adequately serve the 4G. They have been talking to Verizon, which is the largest network and is doing major system upgrading for it's Droid google phones. When apple first introduced the iPhone they offered the exclusive contract to Verizon first. They could not agree on V-Cast/iTunes issues, and Verizon wanted equipment rights to the phone, which apple would not agree to. Apparently, they have been talking compromise, but it will probably be a year before anything is announced or happens. Now, this could all be wrong :lol:, but my inside informant tells me this is where it's at.

    It couldn't happen fast enough for me, I so want an iPhone, but AT&T is not good in this area. I have the new Motorola Droid. It's fun and I like it, but I need an apple product! :lol:

    The iPad looks pretty cool, sort of a Kindle/iPod touch all in one. It's up on the apple site - price: $499. http://www.apple.com/ipad/
    I think it will come down. Like the iPhone dropped a few months after it was introduced. So, will it be worth it? What is a Kindle, $259? Will the iPad do enough more to justify the price? And will you have to get it through a cell server and what kind of data plan would it involve?
  13. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    I'm reading between the lines that the ATT "no contract" and fairly reasonable rates for the iPad were concessions to Apple in the hopes of keeping exclusivity through 2010. Stay tuned.

    eta. T-Mobile is in play as well as they can support the current versions of the iPhone. Verizon is on a totally different network.
  14. uyeahu

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    Only $829 for the highest end model (64gig with wifi 3g network). For all the devices it replaces and IMPROVES (kindle, ipod touch, netbook, etc.) that's a damn good price. Even I'm tempted and I haven't purchased an iPhone and am running an iPod Classic. I'll wait for 2nd generation though - let them work out the kinks first.

    I find all the iPad jokes kinda juvenile. We're adults people.
  15. skatingfan5

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    Most of us are ... in theory. :shuffle: I can't help my neural connections -- iPad brings along a whole stream of images for me. I guess I could keep them to myself -- if I weren't so juvenile/senile. Anyway, at that price I may well buy one -- since I don't have an iPhone (or any kind of smart phone) or even an iPod, much less a netbook. Waiting for the 2nd generation is almost always a good plan. Even someone with a juvenile mind like mine, knows that much. :)
  16. genegri

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    :biggrinbo:rofl::D Oh my! I have so many good answers to this question! Too bad I am at work and using company network right now so I have to refrain myself.

    I am very impatiently waiting for IPhone to work with Verizon. My entire team is on IPhone except me. But AT&T reception in our office building sucks so bad it regularly drops calls. My team members routinely come into my office (I have a window office) and stand by the window and yell into the phone. As much as I want an IPhone, I don't think it's that good that I will sacrifice service level.

    Honestly, I don't quite understand the lure of IPhone. Sure, I myself am a major sucker for cute things and the IPhone is cute and that's why the shallow little me wants it badly. But I imagine most people are not as "form over function" as I am when it comes to gadgets, especially guys. The popularity of Iphone makes me go :confused:.
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    I had the same thought when I first heard the name, but when I saw it in print with "Apple" before it, all thoughts except, "wow that looks cool!" disappeared from my brain.:lol: I would definitely consider buying one if I traveled a lot. I'll have to check it out at the Apple store nearby when it's in stock...

    Yay, Apple!
  18. skatingfan5

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    That's the exact opposite situation as mine -- the company phones were all on a Verizon plan, but I didn't have one, just my personal phone (which was AT&T). We moved into a brand new, multi-million dollar building and for the first several weeks I couldn't figure out why I saw so many people (including top management) talking on their phones while standing out in the vestibule or near windows in the conference rooms, etc. The Verizon reception was so bad that they had to eventually get a new contract with AT&T. Meanwhile, I, in my windowless, lowly interior office never had a dropped call. :lol:
  19. cruisin

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    Yes, but Verizon is completely revamping their system. And from what I understand AT&T will have problems supporting the 4G version of iPhone. Verizon is working to provide for the 4G. The google phone is the first step. All I can say is that my Droid is FAST! My daughter and husband have Blackberrys. They go on the internet and I've opened 20 things in the time it takes them to open 1. I am guessing that the iPhone will not be better than the Droid, but it's Apple :).

    Count me in as one who will wait 6 months, possibly more and let my data plan phone be up for an "upgrade". then I'll transfer the data plan to the iPad and get a simple phone. I'll want to play at the apple store first.

    Nothing juvenile intended, but I was hoping for iSlate. I like that better.
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    iPad. Oy. I'm thinking that a man came up with that name, because a computer was not the first thing that I thought of when I heard it.

    From a purely non-juvenile (or at least I'm trying), commercial perspective it's kind of surprising, considering how much money Apple puts into marketing, that they'd come up with that.
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  21. NinjaTurtles

    NinjaTurtles Teenage Mutant

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    I've been a longtime supporter of Apple, but I'm finding the tablet to be excessive and unnecessary for just about anyone. With it's relative size, why not just use a laptop? It can do everything the iPad does and more; or be satisfied with the size of the iPhone.
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    I probably won't get one... between my MacBook Pro and my iPhone, I don't have anything I can't do on the go right now. I don't see the benefit of having an iPad in addition to those devices.

    I am thinking of getting one for my grandparents though. They don't have a computer and more and more they want to look at pics of the grandkids or research a few simple things. Might be a good option for them.
  23. Mayra

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    With laptops getting thinner and smaller, I think this is the first step into making iPads(horrible name) the laptops of the future. It is small, functional and as technology continues to grow, I can imagine a time when Ipad-like technology trumps the clunkier laptops. It doesn't appear to be soup yet, but it is an excellent starting point.

    :respec: to Apple.
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  24. BigB08822

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    Definitely wait to get it if you can. I remember when the iPhone first came out and how expensive they were. They are STILL coming out with upgrades for the iPhone that are rather basic, IMO. For example, the iPhone just very recently had the power to send and receive pictures!! ZOMG, like my phone did that in the 10th grade!!!! I imagine they will be holding out on a LOT of features for the iPad to get people to purchase new ones in a year or two.
  25. skatingfan5

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    So they're referring to it as a "tablet" -- why not iTab, instead of iPad? Maybe Coca-Cola would object? Then again, potentially there would be cross-linkages in advertising. On second thought, scratch that -- Tab was known as being "the first and the worst." iPad it is and I might as well start creating some new neural linkages. :lol:
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    Really? I've had an iPhone for awhile, and it could always do that.

    Nowadays you can film a short movie and send that out instead of just pics.
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    Right, especially since one of the articles my cousin sent me said that it didn't seem like it could multitask. Considering how many windows we can have up at the same time, multitasking is a MUST for our computers. :lol: (And it still annoys me how my iPod Touch can't multitask very well. It simply closes connections when I'm chatting with friends and want to do something else.)
  28. Mayra

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    You could do it through email, but until this past Sept?, unless you went through AT&T's annoying retrieval process, the iPhone did not have the capability to MMS.
  29. cruisin

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    I think it might be a great option for someone who wants a larger format screen and would dump their smart phone for a simple one. Plus the book option.

    I agree. It will not surprise me if this winds up, in the future, with phone capacity that you can connect with blue tooth.
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    Absolutely ridiculous name :lol: Not sure what they were thinking.

    Cool device, though. I think it's a good first step. I don't really see myself getting one (I love my Macbook Pro and iPhone), but down-the-line I could see it being really amazing. Just think about the first iPod released , and what we have now.
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    I think like most Apple products it's target market is people with disposable income who are willing to pay for cool design. If you've already got a laptop then you might not be interested (unless you travel a lot), but for those who were thinking about getting a netbook or kindle device it's definitely going to be an affordable temptation. I've also seen a lot of people talking about how good it would be for their mothers/grandmothers as a way to be online and have email without having to use a real computer. And I predict the name will become part of the cultural landscape just as "iPod" has and will quickly lose mental associations with feminine hygiene products. In short, I believe Steve Jobs is a helluva lot smarter than me and I'd bank on this becoming another "must have" device sooner rather than later.
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    I read that in this PC World article and that raised my eyebrow. I like listening to Pandora while surfing....

    And really, no flash?
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    My father has an iPhone and he could always MMS pics to me, even before September.
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    Obviously named by a bunch of men LOL!
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    That is EXACTLY what I cannot figure out, either...:confused: I won't be rushing out to buy an ipad any time soon. I already have a laptop and an iphone.
  38. slicekw

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    To keep it safe, you can get a soft, absorbent wrapper with wings.

    Seriously, did Apple not consider the female market? Women make most of the home choices, including home electronics.
    Even worse, they don't own the trademark on "ipad".
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    The NY Times, among others, agrees with you:

    The iPad’s Name Makes Some Women Cringe

    LOL (from the article) at "iTampon"!
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  40. slicekw

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    Heh. I said "iTampon" at work to a friend and my manager (it's that kind of relationship). My teammate in the next cube, also female, exploded with laughter.

    My favorite is iStayFree, to emphasize using it wirelessly.