hardware 01 20100127 Apple Tablet specifications

Apple launched the iPad (or Apple Tablet) today in a storm of worldwide press coverage and guess what? AppleTablet.net was right on pretty much all the specifications!

First of all, the iPad comes in two flavours: the standard WiFi-enabled edition and the premium 3G-enabled edition with makes it possible to transfer data over AT&T’s data network. No contract with AT&T is required, however it is obvious that it will cost you to use their network.

What we did not expect

Notable specs we really did not expect: the by Apple in-house produced A4 1 GHz processor – we were honestly thinking more of an Intel Duo Core 2 GHz as found in the Apple MacBook range. Earlier we reported the nVidia GeForce 9400M to be in the Apple Tablet. However, this one is missing; the Apple A4 chip seems to be responsible for all video processing in the iPad. Our designs of the Apple Tablet (see the background of this website or previous posts) was pretty close but did not include such a big border as the iPad. Apple has not chosen for this kind of screen for aesthetic reasons but simply to keep costs down. Cheaper screens need more technology on the sides of the displays and therefore the border is so large. We expected a USB port, to enable you to use USB data sticks and external third-party devices on your iPad but for unknown reasons Apple has made the mistake to not include this. Finally, we were wrong by 0.1″ in the size of the display; we expected 9.6″ and the iPad has a 9.7″ display.

No voice calling is available as the iPad is a data-only device. However, we have enough voice-over-ip (VOIP) options like Skype and Fring to choose from to make this possible any way; just after the iPad launch Apple has unlocked VOIP calling on the iPhone.

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Apple iPad Specifications

  • Display:
    • 9.7″ widescreen LED-backlit glossy multi-touch capacitive display (with IPS technology)
    • 1024-by-768-pixel resolution @ 132 pixels-per-inch (ppi)
    • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Processor: Apple A4 1 GHz (by PA Semiconductor)
  • Memory: DDR2 RAM
  • Video: Apple A4 1 Ghz (see above)
  • Storage: 16 GB to 64 GB flash drive
  • Wireless data:
    • Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    • 3G version: UMTS/HSDPA (through AT&T, no contract required)
    • 3G version: GSM/EDGE (through AT&T, no contract required)
  • Extra devices:
    • Digital compass
    • A-GPS (assisted GPS)
    • Microphone
    • Speaker
  • Sensors:
    • Accelerometer
    • Proximity sensor
    • Ambient light sensor
  • Inputs:
    • Dock connector (typical Apple port)
    • 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack
    • SIM card
    • No USB port (!!!)
  • Battery: Built-in 25 Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery (by DynaPak)
  • Usage time:
    • Internet: up to 5 hours on 3G
    • Internet: up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
    • Video playback: up to 10 hours
  • Colors:
    • black with silver or
  • Software:
    • iPhone OS (for iPad)
    • All iPhone applications are supported on the iPad
    • In addition, iPad has its own App Store
  • Price level: $499  USD, 399 EUR
  • Release date: April 2010, the 3G version will take slightly longer to become available