Yesterday Apple announced the new iPad – their first tablet device – designed to fill the gap between cellphones and notebooks without being as limited as a netbook. Starting at $499 the Apple iPad offers a 9.7-inch multitouch display with an unbelievable $30 per month contract-free unlimited data plan. Is this the tablet we have all been waiting for?
The Apple iPad is basically an iPod Touch on steroids with a 9.7″ IPS multitouch display, 1Ghz Apple A4 processor, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Blutooth, optional Wireless 3G, 10 hours of battery life, and up to 64GB of flash-based storage. The physical size is also very impressive, measuring in at just 0.5″ thick and only 1.5lbs. The most attractive feature by far those is the data plan structure for the optional 3G connection. Apple and AT&T have paired up to give iPad users contract-free data plans costing as little as $15 per month for 250MB or $30 per month for unlimited data… while comparable tablet and notebook plans go as high as $60 with 2-year contracts.