Apple airs new iPad TV commercial at the Oscars

Apple added to the iPad hype on Sunday as it unveiled a new TV commercial during the Oscars awards.

The commercial demonstrates most of what we have already seen and know about the iPad. It finishes by signing the advert off with "April 3", the date of the U.S. launch for the iPad.

The iPad will be available on April 3 for the WiFi only version and a month later for the WiFi and 3G version. Pricing of the devices will be:

  • 16GB WiFi only $499, WiFi + 3G $629
  • 32GB WiFi only $599, WiFi + 3G $729
  • 64GB WiFi only $699, WiFi + 3G $829

The iPad also has the following specs:

  • 0.5" thin
  • Weighs 1.5 pounds
  • 9.7" IPS display
  • 1GHz Apple A4 processor
  • 16, 32, or 64GB of flash storage
  • 802.11n, WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1
  • 10 hours battery life

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PeterTHX said,
Wow, an Apple fanboy and political troll in one post.

So because I point out someones ability to misquote at a level reserved for political tv stations I'm a political troll lol?

SputnikGamer said,

So because I point out someones ability to misquote at a level reserved for political tv stations I'm a political troll lol?

Yes.

PeterTHX said,
Wow, an Apple fanboy and political troll in one post.

Also I am by no means an Apple fanboy. I use PC for almost everything other than video and sound editing. I am 100% against HP because they make fail products with obviously and avoidable defects. If a respectable company with non fail products were to come out with a device that compares to the iPad I wouldn't be bashing it. HP simple blows at coming out with devices that don't overheat and for a device that is meant to be used your lap, I have serious doubts this product will be any different.

LOL You should work for Fox News. You are great at misquoting stuff. But just to spell it out for you since you are obviously a PC fanboy, I even have a link for you. It is not an uncommon problem by any means and all of HP's desktops and laptops have it. I would rather pay 500 to 600 for a iPad and not have to worry about heating issues.


http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10241137-92.html

Joshie said,

Blu-ray?

Fail at reading much or are you just another retarded PC Fanboy/troll? We are talking about HP's lack of ability to properly keep any of their electronics from burning itself up which has been a problem since long before Blu-ray came around. Buying a HP computer is no different than buying a car battery from Walmart. Sure they have tons of problems but you get them replaced for free for every time they break. HP has a horribly track record when it comes to overheating devices so unless they radically change how they do it, the HP Slate won't be safe to use in your lap. Apple's design for its portal devices is much better than the average PC laptop unless its a massive laptop with room for fans. The back of Apples devices are used as a giant heat single that disperses heat across the single metal piece. The reason normal laptops can't do this is because they are made from panels so the heat doesn't disperse out efficiently enough.

Can't wait to get my hands on one of these. Gonna be fun building a car entertainment system around it build into the dash. And for you PC fanboys, I don't care if a HP Slate is cheaper. I am not wasting my money on a piece of technology that from a company that doesn't understand the basics on keeping it from frying itself. Never seen a PC laptop from HP that is safe to even put in your lap without a special dock.

SputnikGamer said,
I am not wasting my money on a piece of technology that from a company that doesn't understand the basics on keeping it from frying itself.

Are you talking about Apple? All those burning laptops and exploding media players...

RealFduch said,

Are you talking about Apple? All those burning laptops and exploding media players...

That's because Apple is smart! They thought up ingenious things like putting ventilation between the keyboard and the monitor on a laptop--which could never possibly have any negative repercussions whatsoever!

Joshie said,

That's because Apple is smart! They thought up ingenious things like putting ventilation between the keyboard and the monitor on a laptop--which could never possibly have any negative repercussions whatsoever!

What are you talking about? Seriously stop talking out of ignorance.

Edited by SputnikGamer, Mar 10 2010, 6:17pm :

I think that anyone who doesn't want to carry around a laptop while they travel but would still like to be able to email (and not from a phone), Look at photo's they have taken while traveling (and not on a phone/Dig camera), or watch movies, listen to music, read e-books, or just catch up on podcast's while on the go, is a definite potential buyer. Who cares what people spend their money on? Worry about your own flow. I'd rather be lugging one of these things around in my back pack then some P.O.S. netbook or a heavy laptop. It’s convenient for people who have job and need some way to get work done while not at work/home. I like the speed and size of working on a desktop from the office or home. This device would be a good option for people who move around a lot.
For those of you who do use it on the subway or whip it out on the bus, I hope you miss your stop you pretentious idiots. Strike up a conversation with someone and be a human while not tuning out to technology! P.s. If they had not made a 3G version it would have been a big ass iTouch. The wireless capabilities put it in a whole new category. However lack of flash from all apple mobile devices BLOWS! Get off your html5 High Horse Steve Jobs.

Waveslave said,
I think that anyone who doesn't want to carry around a laptop while they travel but would still like to be able to email (and not from a phone),
P.s. If they had not made a 3G version it would have been a big ass iTouch. The wireless capabilities put it in a whole new category. However lack of flash from all apple mobile devices BLOWS! Get off your html5 High Horse Steve Jobs.

What about 50+ slates released in the last couple of years? They have the different sizes and no keyboards. Some of them should have 3G (or you can use USB for that). Why would you buy an iPad over these slates?
P.S. It's not a giant iTouch. It's a giant iPhone without camera and the ability to make calls.

RealFduch said,

P.S. It's not a giant iTouch. It's a giant iPhone without camera and the ability to make calls.

You do realize that an iTouch doesn't have a camera or the ability to make calls hence "Giant iTouch"

SputnikGamer said,

You do realize that an iTouch doesn't have a camera or the ability to make calls hence "Giant iTouch"


Well, except there's no such thing as an Apple iTouch.

Joshie said,

Well, except there's no such thing as an Apple iTouch.

abbreviate - ab·bre·vi·ate 1: To reduce (a word or phrase) to a shorter form intended to represent the full form.

Shadrack said,

abbreviate - ab·bre·vi·ate 1: To reduce (a word or phrase) to a shorter form intended to represent the full form.


Ohh, sort of like the opposite of saying OS X 10.6?

"This device has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained."

"This device has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained."

Devious said,
"This device has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained."

You'll read the same disclaimer on any pre-release information for an electronic device, I fail to see your point.

warwagon said,
I think the l lack of flash is a deal breaker for any of the few geeks that actually considered buying it.

Flash is an unsecure and buggy application which I don't need. I use HTML5.

Edited by ilev, Mar 8 2010, 5:52pm :

ilev said,

Flash is an unsecure and buggy application which I don't need. I use HTML5.

Thats great, but no major sites do yet.

ilev said,

Flash is an unsecure and buggy application which I don't need. I use HTML5.

M_Lyons10 said,

Exactly. How can "you" just decide to use HTML 5? Silly.

Hahaha

SputnikGamer said,

Since when is youtube not a major site?
http://www.youtube.com/html5


Thank you for linking to YouTube's page for beta testing experimental html 5 video. You have so totally proven Blasius wrong. You're awesome and a winner.

zagor said,
Lets wait till Apple slashes the prices down to $299

Should be approaching that price by Christmas considering they are launching soon.

Only Apple can come up with a device that has far less form and functionality comapred to lower-priced netbooks and laptops and somehow convice people they should buy it.

Most of the people in this thread seem to understand that Apple consistently loses on "value for money" and yet they succeed in winning over customers. Just look at this thread. Everyone is talking about iPad - even people who are dead-set against buying one. Some people have admitted that they will buy one despite knowing that it is a lousy value for their money.

THAT is a marketer's dream come true.

C_Guy said,
Only Apple can come up with a device that has far less form and functionality comapred to lower-priced netbooks and laptops and somehow convice people they should buy it.

Most of the people in this thread seem to understand that Apple consistently loses on "value for money" and yet they succeed in winning over customers. Just look at this thread. Everyone is talking about iPad - even people who are dead-set against buying one. Some people have admitted that they will buy one despite knowing that it is a lousy value for their money.

THAT is a marketer's dream come true.


Surely its those customers though that get to decide if its value for money. I've read countless times on here how the mac isnt value for money... or the iPad or the iPhone... yet i know countless people who would argue the opposite. Marketers and indeed apple dont decide what is and isnt value for money. Consumers do.

AdmiralRooster said,

Surely its those customers though that get to decide if its value for money. I've read countless times on here how the mac isnt value for money... or the iPad or the iPhone... yet i know countless people who would argue the opposite. Marketers and indeed apple dont decide what is and isnt value for money. Consumers do.

Or it simple comes down to the consumer trying to look "cool and hip" with the newest gadgets and devices.

I saw the commercial live. It's pretty much just like their iPhone commercials: a pair of hands using the device, shiny graphics, etc.

SakuraKira said,
I saw the commercial live. It's pretty much just like their iPhone commercials: a pair of hands using the device, shiny graphics, etc.

Don't fix something if its not broken. That commercial has been working for years. Unless sales start dropping no reason to change it. You notice that World of Warcraft does the same thing. "Hi. I'm [insert celeb name here] and I am a [insert WoW character class here]"

You may not like the iPad but you will have to respect it like you have to respect the iPhone and iPod. You see, when I bought an MP3 player I didn't want and iPod so I bought a Zune which was a mistake, why? Because eventhough it is/was a superior device it lacked the 3rd party support that the iPod has which made it difficult to find accessories and applications for it. This is the same predicament all you folks who are touting alternative slates are going to find yourselves in. I can go on several different sites and see manufacturers who are already making iPad accessories and plan to have them out at launch. Can you do the same for the HP slate? Can you even tell me when the thing is coming out? Lastly, tablet/slate PCs have been around for about 15 or so years but why is it now just beginning to pick up steam? Why is it now that everyone is anticipating the Slate PC being a revolution in the computer world? It's because Apple is putting their creative talents behind it. You may not like Apple but you cannot deny that they make quality, innovative, and exciting product.

Hang on a second there, buddy. See this is the problem so many people have with Apple users--they completely misrepresent history and take every trend Apple becomes a part of and gives them full credit for the trend's existence in the first place.

The positive attitude about the growth of the tablet market was buzzing before anyone was even sure Apple would be releasing a tablet, and long before anyone knew what it would be running. And back then, even Apple fans were saying the worst mistake Apple could make would be not putting a revamped Mac OS X on it (some still feel that way, but it's remarkable how many just went along with the revamped iPhone OS).

HP's Slate was announced and showcased when people were still making their own speculations about an "iTablet", and dozens of other tablets were being talked up and demonstrated at conferences for months before Steve Jobs decided a 4:3 media player was a magical, revolutionary idea. While a bunch of the tablet buzz has revolved around advances in touch screen tech and handwriting recognition, Steve Jobs decided a total absence of hardware-level innovation and completely shunning stylus-input was a magical, revolutionary idea. In a community supposedly appealing to artists and designers.

The 'steam' behind tablets this year is very separate from Apple's iPad. It paid attention to it initially, hoping it would offer what the 'steam' was looking for, but it doesn't, and the 'steam' has moved on. The 'steam' now sits around being called "disconnected nerds on enthusiast forums with irrelevant opinions" by iPad fanatics who haven't even held one in their hands yet but have already budgeted out $500 for one.

Regarding accessories, you bet your ass there will be. It's HP. Have you ever bought an HP before? They go out of their way to make a crapload of add-ons not just available--but offered on several pages of the ordering process on their website. Granted, the Slate won't be needing as many accessories as the iPad, since HP didn't cripple their product from the beginning for the sole purpose of HAVING an accessories market. This is a practice of Apple's, and one that Apple apologists support with a "well why shouldn't they? if it makes them money, good for them".

Which is just another example of a way that Apple users ignore the features lacking in Apple products, because as long as those features are just a little more money away, it's ok! Because that extra money is just their way of 'supporting' Apple.

MarenLBC said,
You may not like the iPad but you will have to respect it like you have to respect the iPhone and iPod. You see, when I bought an MP3 player I didn't want and iPod so I bought a Zune which was a mistake, why? Because eventhough it is/was a superior device it lacked the 3rd party support that the iPod has which made it difficult to find accessories and applications for it. This is the same predicament all you folks who are touting alternative slates are going to find yourselves in. I can go on several different sites and see manufacturers who are already making iPad accessories and plan to have them out at launch. Can you do the same for the HP slate? Can you even tell me when the thing is coming out? Lastly, tablet/slate PCs have been around for about 15 or so years but why is it now just beginning to pick up steam? Why is it now that everyone is anticipating the Slate PC being a revolution in the computer world? It's because Apple is putting their creative talents behind it. You may not like Apple but you cannot deny that they make quality, innovative, and exciting product.

I will have to respect that? Uhhh, no I dont. I dont respect the iPhone or the iTouch. All they are are popular products that anyone who is materialistic needs to have to make them look cool. Apple was the first to do a few things there for people are stuck with them and we all know how people are resistant to change. It will happen tho.

And Apple hasnt been innovative in a LONG time so people need to stop using that to bolster the company. It has been proven that Apple steals/uses ideas from others just like every other company. The iPad/Tablet is by NO MEANS innovative or a new idea. The idea for this has been around for a while and Apple has just been the first to produce one. Hopefully everyone else currently making one can learn from their mistakes. Like no USB, camera, and many other missing items from the iPad. Being the first is not always the best.

Joshie said,

The positive attitude about the growth of the tablet market was buzzing before anyone was even sure Apple would be releasing a tablet, and long before anyone knew what it would be running.

It was buzzing off the speculation which wasn't really speculation since it was true.

Joshie said,

And back then, even Apple fans were saying the worst mistake Apple could make would be not putting a revamped Mac OS X on it (some still feel that way, but it's remarkable how many just went along with the revamped iPhone OS).

Apple fanboys said the same thing about the iPod and iPhone and you see how both of those turned out.

Joshie said,

HP's Slate was announced and showcased when people were still making their own speculations about an "iTablet", and dozens of other tablets were being talked up and demonstrated at conferences for months before Steve Jobs decided a 4:3 media player was a magical, revolutionary idea.

Prior to the iPad Tablet PCs were convertible business tools geared towards professionals which Apple is obviously not gearing their Slate PC towards. Just because YOU just found out about the iPad does not mean that the movers and shakers in the industry didn't. It's not a coincidence that 99% of the tablets released prior to Apple's first slate were convertibles.

Joshie said,

While a bunch of the tablet buzz has revolved around advances in touch screen tech and handwriting recognition, Steve Jobs decided a total absence of hardware-level innovation and completely shunning stylus-input was a magical, revolutionary idea. In a community supposedly appealing to artists and designers.

You have yet to use it so how can you say if he made the right choice or not? You're just assuming.

Joshie said,

The 'steam' behind tablets this year is very separate from Apple's iPad.

Without the iPad the tablet pc market would still be "soon to come" like it has been for the past 15 odd years.

Joshie said,

Regarding accessories, you bet your ass there will be. It's HP. Have you ever bought an HP before? They go out of their way to make a crapload of add-ons not just available--but offered on several pages of the ordering process on their website.

The 3rd party support for Apple's mobile devices eclipses HP's. Apple's mobile devices set the standard in every market they are in. Eventhough Android is better than the iPhone OS 3.0 who is responsible for even creating the whole full touchscreen app phone to the market? Apple.


The word you're looking for is 'bringing'. You bring something to market. I realize that Apple is a marketing machine, and words like 'create' are powerful and foster a sort of reputation, but it shouldn't eclipse the rules of language.

At any rate, nobody at any time said the iPod should run Mac OS. That would be silly. As for my 'assumption', it was that the iPad didn't match the buzz around tablet computing, not that Jobs made right or wrong decisions. Please read what people write, not what you want to hear. I know you're looking for openings to make arguments and find things to disagree with, and you have a lot of potential for a promising career in talk radio thanks to that, but it makes no sense to just make stuff up on your side of a discussion when the Apple community makes such a big deal out of how Windows users "just bash Apple".

To be honest, I would have at the least given it a chance if Apple had decided to sell it with Wi-Fi and 3G for a price similar to the basic one.

CrownedClown03 said,
To be honest, I would have at the least given it a chance if Apple had decided to sell it with Wi-Fi and 3G for a price similar to the basic one.

Yeah, but that's not the Apple way...

I am however shocked that it is just running the iPhone OS... I HAD assumed it would have a tablet style OS, and that is the area I feel this device really fails...

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, but that's not the Apple way...

I am however shocked that it is just running the iPhone OS... I HAD assumed it would have a tablet style OS, and that is the area I feel this device really fails...

Well, it's not really running the iPhone OS. People tend to miss what Apple has actually done here.

Apple has redesigned all of their applications for the iPad, and made the iPhone OS compatible with the iPad OS. While they share many similarities, Apple has basically redesigned the iPhone OS for the iPad. Rather than take an OS that would be too powerful for this device (say, Mac OS X), they took an OS that was underpowered (the iPhone OS) and added to it. I expect that we will see a lot of changes from what we were shown in January at some point in the near future, too: too much screen real estate is being wasted on the iPad, and I don't think Apple will actually ship something this minimal. They may be famous for minimalism, but at some point they will add features to the iPad that show the power of this form factor.

My friend just got a brand new laptop for $508(Tax included) and it has a 2.2 processor and 4 gigs of ram running 64bit win 7 and it weighs about 4 pounds. The iPad will only be for a small group of people. Why? because people want more for their money. Only idiots will go for something less.

jesseinsf said,
My friend just got a brand new laptop for $508(Tax included) and it has a 2.2 processor and 4 gigs of ram running 64bit win 7 and it weighs about 4 pounds. The iPad will only be for a small group of people. Why? because people want more for their money. Only idiots will go for something less.

Isn't it sorta irrelevant what the hardware is? I'm pretty certain that the minimum requirements for different operating systems are in fact different... and almost certain that the hardware is different to get the OS running optimally... so surely the idiots are the people that buyinto bigger is better when its obviously not the case?

jesseinsf said,
My friend just got a brand new laptop for $508(Tax included) and it has a 2.2 processor and 4 gigs of ram running 64bit win 7 and it weighs about 4 pounds. The iPad will only be for a small group of people. Why? because people want more for their money. Only idiots will go for something less.

Then I guess your friend is an idiot because he could have gotten a lot more if he bought a desktop*.

*That is if we completely ignore form factor differences as you just did.

RenegadeJr said,
overpriced! you could get a discount laptop or netbook that will do more for the same price

And be at least 3x as large, much heavier, and not run the tens of thousands of apps designed for the iPhone OS.

roadwarrior said,

And be at least 3x as large, much heavier, and not run the tens of thousands of apps designed for the iPhone OS.

I dunno, a convertible Lenovo netbook is very compact, runs the hundreds of thousands of apps designed for the Windows OS (or Linux)*, and requires no added weight from the several accessories you'll be required to take with you when you want to travel with an iPad.

*plus Flash support, removable storage support, USB support, built in webcam...

Edited by Joshie, Mar 8 2010, 1:42pm :

roadwarrior said,

And be at least 3x as large, much heavier, and not run the tens of thousands of apps designed for the iPhone OS.

Ok, you can get a Netbook for that money that can do MUCH more and run a real OS. Hows that?

Joshie said,

I dunno, a convertible Lenovo netbook is very compact, runs the hundreds of thousands of apps designed for the Windows OS (or Linux)*, and requires no added weight from the several accessories you'll be required to take with you when you want to travel with an iPad.

*plus Flash support, removable storage support, USB support, built in webcam...

+1

Edited by techbeck, Mar 8 2010, 2:29pm :

RenegadeJr said,
overpriced! you could get a discount laptop or netbook that will do more for the same price

I think the $1000 one is overpriced, but the $500 one seems reasonable. The iPad isn't marketed as a laptop or as a computer replacement. You are comparing apples to oranges.

roadwarrior said,

And be at least 3x as large, much heavier, and not run the tens of thousands of apps designed for the iPhone OS.

Or i could run the millions of 'apps' for a real OS :)

Shadrack said,

I think the $1000 one is overpriced, but the $500 one seems reasonable. The iPad isn't marketed as a laptop or as a computer replacement. You are comparing apples to oranges.

Maybe not, but there's quite an attitude around here that it's going to revolutionize mobile computing and make the laptop obsolete. Do you think those people are being unreasonable?

Joshie said,

Maybe not, but there's quite an attitude around here that it's going to revolutionize mobile computing and make the laptop obsolete. Do you think those people are being unreasonable?

Where is that "attitude around here" that you speak of? The attitude around here is dominated by an "everything by Apple sucks" sentiment. Get your head out of the sand.

Edited by Shadrack, Mar 8 2010, 4:51pm :

techbeck said,

Ok, you can get a Netbook for that money that can do MUCH more and run a real OS. Hows that?

Even an average netbook is going to be larger and heavier than the iPad.

Shadrack said,

Where is that "attitude around here" that you speak of? The attitude around here is dominated by an "everything by Apple sucks" sentiment. Get your head out of the sand.


+1

Ive actually seen very few remarks around here that are positive

Joshie said,

I dunno, a convertible Lenovo netbook is very compact, runs the hundreds of thousands of apps designed for the Windows OS (or Linux)*, and requires no added weight from the several accessories you'll be required to take with you when you want to travel with an iPad.

*plus Flash support, removable storage support, USB support, built in webcam...

Indeed. +1

AdmiralRooster said,


+1

Ive actually seen very few remarks around here that are positive

The guys statement is a textbook Apple troll.

1. Create some strawman argument
2. Claim 'everyone has been saying <insert strawman/>'
3. Pass of your troll as a response to all those other non-existent arguments

roadwarrior said,

And be at least 3x as large, much heavier, and not run the tens of thousands of apps designed for the iPhone OS.

I can also replace the battery easily on my Tablet PC. Can your iPad do that? Or do I have to buy a refurbished iPad, that costs almost as much as a new iPad?

geoken said,

The guys statement is a textbook Apple troll.

1. Create some strawman argument
2. Claim 'everyone has been saying <insert strawman/>'
3. Pass of your troll as a response to all those other non-existent arguments

Weak sauce. There are at least two posters on this page that have already declared victory for the iPad, one even fully bought into the magical and revolutionary yada yada. If you visit NeoWin's forums, you'll find even more. At no point did I say say everybody, at no point did I say a majority. My implication was that the attitude itself was significant.

But I guess your post is "textbook" fanboyism. Take my post, add some words that were never there, give the words I did use brand new meanings beyond anything Webster ever heard of, and make fun of this new, fictional post of mine, while getting a pat on the back from whatever choir to which you're preaching.

Isn't there a Youtube video somewhere you can be commenting?

Edited by Joshie, Mar 9 2010, 7:05pm :

Joshie said,

Weak sauce. There are at least two posters on this page that have already declared victory for the iPad, one even fully bought into the magical and revolutionary yada yada. If you visit NeoWin's forums, you'll find even more. At no point did I say say everybody, at no point did I say a majority. My implication was that the attitude itself was significant.

But I guess your post is "textbook" fanboyism. Take my post, add some words that were never there, give the words I did use brand new meanings beyond anything Webster ever heard of, and make fun of this new, fictional post of mine, while getting a pat on the back from whatever choir to which you're preaching.

Don't worry, you'll learn the meaning of those terms when you finish high school and move on to your post secondary education.

I think it's just good that Apple has actually released a commercial that shows what their products do, rather than simply bashing someone else. Bravo, Apple! Otherwise, the product itself doesn't seem that useful.

devHead said,
I think it's just good that Apple has actually released a commercial that shows what their products do, rather than simply bashing someone else.

Huh? Have you ever watched an iPhone commercial or an iPod commercial? Those are all about what the product does.

roadwarrior said,

Huh? Have you ever watched an iPhone commercial or an iPod commercial? Those are all about what the product does.

I dunno. AT&T has been dragging the iPhone into its slappy fights with Verizon, and the iPod is just a digital media player. The iPad is trying to be more of a direct competitor with netbooks, which are a computing platform, and I don't know if Apple has EVER produced a commercial for Mac that just showed what you could do on Mac OS to snazzy music.

roadwarrior said,

Huh? Have you ever watched an iPhone commercial or an iPod commercial? Those are all about what the product does.

iPhone/iPod commercials yes...but for a LOng time all we were seeing were the Mac/PC commercials which showed nothing that OSX could do...or a Mac for that matter.

Joshie said,

I dunno. AT&T has been dragging the iPhone into its slappy fights with Verizon, and the iPod is just a digital media player. The iPad is trying to be more of a direct competitor with netbooks, which are a computing platform, and I don't know if Apple has EVER produced a commercial for Mac that just showed what you could do on Mac OS to snazzy music.

reminds me of the Windows/Mac fights/commercials...something tells me that AT&T isnt the one behind the fight with Verizon. Apple is AT&Ts puppet master.

Joshie said,

I dunno. AT&T has been dragging the iPhone into its slappy fights with Verizon, and the iPod is just a digital media player. The iPad is trying to be more of a direct competitor with netbooks, which are a computing platform, and I don't know if Apple has EVER produced a commercial for Mac that just showed what you could do on Mac OS to snazzy music.

That's AT&T. I've yet to see an advert from Apple directly bash Verizon or any other carrier.

Shadrack said,

That's AT&T. I've yet to see an advert from Apple directly bash Verizon or any other carrier.

If you think Apple doesnt have a hand in bashing Verizon, you are mistaken. Verizon was bashing ATT and Apple so you better believe that Apple would get involved.

roadwarrior said,

Huh? Have you ever watched an iPhone commercial or an iPod commercial? Those are all about what the product does.

Huh? Have you ever seen any of the dozens of Mac commercials that don't share one iota of what the Mac does, but spend their time ripping apart PC like a 15 year old bully that just likes picking on kids. That's what I was talking about. Huh, indeed.

Apparently, from what they said on the iPad video from Apple, every App is built ground up for the iPad rather than ported from the iPhone but of course you can draw smiliarities, but it's the 'Apple look'.

emzino said,
Apparently, from what they said on the iPad video from Apple, every App is built ground up for the iPad rather than ported from the iPhone but of course you can draw smiliarities, but it's the 'Apple look'.

Hm... I thought that app developers were making adjustments so that their apps could scale to the iPad and run on the iPhone from the same files... If that's not the case, that would definitely be interesting...

The 2 MS ones will be much better due impart to the same problem with the computers: Compatability.

HP and otehrs will have the tablet PC's out at the same time with the MX Courier/Journal a bit later the latter being much cooler that all that came before.

XChrome said,
The 2 MS ones will be much better due impart to the same problem with the computers: Compatability.

HP and otehrs will have the tablet PC's out at the same time with the MX Courier/Journal a bit later the latter being much cooler that all that came before.

Exactly. AND the Courier has an OS designed to take advantage of tablet usage... The iPad fails to do that, which is unfortunate.

M_Lyons10 said,

Exactly. AND the Courier has an OS designed to take advantage of tablet usage... The iPad fails to do that, which is unfortunate.

So far the Courier is just an idea, the iPad is an actual device that releases April 3rd.

MarenLBC said,
So far the Courier is just an idea, the iPad is an actual device that releases April 3rd.
An idea with prototypes.

still doesn't look like an interesting device to me. But hey, it's probably good quality and it will become a new status symbol. So I'm sure it will sell well.

This thing is so unoriginal. I just re-watched the video and see that it has the same exact e-mail client used in the iPhone. They couldn't come up with something better? If that's not a clue that this thing is nothing more than a clown sized iPhone then I don't know what is. They should've just stuck with the iPhone which WAS original. This is not.

They didn't want everyone to see how clunky and akward it's going to be trying to type on that thing. Typing on a touch screen is one thing but with I doubt anyone will be able to use both hands with a keyboard that's shrunk down like this.

Trong said,
I find it funny that they cut right before he started typing. :P
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I noticed that too and we all know it's because they didn't want to show all the typos he was about to make. :D

Anarkii said,
LOLOLOLOL @ Apple. If anyone buys this then they are being ripped off. Its a P.O.S.

So true. Imagine the amount of idiots who are gonna buy this, playing with it on public transport thinking they're cool. It's stupid looking device too.

Billus said,

So true. Imagine the amount of idiots who are gonna buy this, playing with it on public transport thinking they're cool. It's stupid looking device too.

Well it's not exactly idiotic to buy one. As Steve Jobs himself said, any tablet is really just a toy for rich guys that don't feel like they have enough computers. But these are essentially being marketed as an at-home internet companion, so it's probably fair to say that anyone who buys a large unprotected touchscreen to take on public transport, or for their kids to take to school, are likely idiots.

Or maybe they just *want* a $500+ investment to be stolen/broken as quickly as possible.

Joshie said,

Well it's not exactly idiotic to buy one. As Steve Jobs himself said, any tablet is really just a toy for rich guys that don't feel like they have enough computers. But these are essentially being marketed as an at-home internet companion, so it's probably fair to say that anyone who buys a large unprotected touchscreen to take on public transport, or for their kids to take to school, are likely idiots.

Or maybe they just *want* a $500+ investment to be stolen/broken as quickly as possible.

Right. This is marketed at people who consider $500 pocket change. Sure they might have been ripped off, but I don't think they care. If you are poor, then yeah, luxury items like this should be avoided.

Shadrack said,

Right. This is marketed at people who consider $500 pocket change. Sure they might have been ripped off, but I don't think they care. If you are poor, then yeah, luxury items like this should be avoided.

Not that they will be. There are an awful lot of poor people who don't know how to spend their limited funds as is. Plenty of them still get cell phone plans for their 10 year olds, multiple game consoles, nurse nicotine/alcohol habits, or worse:

Struggle in low-income housing so they can put what extra income they can muster toward a really expensive car because that's what they'll be 'seen' in. Kind of like the Apple culture--you take it with you. Even if you're poor, if you can be frugal and save enough for that iPod Touch, that Macbook Pro, that iPad--save up for it, then hit the streets with it. As long as you LOOK well off, you're as good as being well off, right?

Right?

Joshie said,

Well it's not exactly idiotic to buy one. As Steve Jobs himself said, any tablet is really just a toy for rich guys that don't feel like they have enough computers. But these are essentially being marketed as an at-home internet companion, so it's probably fair to say that anyone who buys a large unprotected touchscreen to take on public transport, or for their kids to take to school, are likely idiots.

Or maybe they just *want* a $500+ investment to be stolen/broken as quickly as possible.

Yeah, I've been thinking the same thing... I'd be TERRIFIED to take this anywhere with me... LOL

Joshie said,

Not that they will be. There are an awful lot of poor people who don't know how to spend their limited funds as is. Plenty of them still get cell phone plans for their 10 year olds, multiple game consoles, nurse nicotine/alcohol habits, or worse:

Struggle in low-income housing so they can put what extra income they can muster toward a really expensive car because that's what they'll be 'seen' in. Kind of like the Apple culture--you take it with you. Even if you're poor, if you can be frugal and save enough for that iPod Touch, that Macbook Pro, that iPad--save up for it, then hit the streets with it. As long as you LOOK well off, you're as good as being well off, right?

Right?

You're so right... What a shame...

Billus said,

So true. Imagine the amount of idiots who are gonna buy this, playing with it on public transport thinking they're cool. It's stupid looking device too.

But you would cut off your left nut to have they money they make in the first year off of this thing.

ashpowell said,
You have to pay extra for wifi??? Thats daft, you would have thought it came as standard dont ya think?

Looks standard to me. You seem to have WiFi and 3G mixed up.

ashpowell said,
You have to pay extra for wifi??? Thats daft, you would have thought it came as standard dont ya think?

Perhaps you should read the article again, maybe after a few cups of coffee.

roadwarrior said,

Perhaps you should read the article again, maybe after a few cups of coffee.

+1 you have to pay extra for 3g not wifi :P

ashpowell said,
You have to pay extra for wifi??? Thats daft, you would have thought it came as standard dont ya think?

Ahhhh ok my bad :)

ashpowell said,

Ahhhh ok my bad :)

And now I will ask the real question.. YOU HAVE TO PAY $130 EXTRA TO HAVE 3G CAPABILITIES???????

pielor said,
And now I will ask the real question.. YOU HAVE TO PAY $130 EXTRA TO HAVE 3G CAPABILITIES???????
I'm hoping that's before service provider rebates.


Not that I plan on buying one. No way I'm buying something that big that lacks at least a stylus or an SD card slot.

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