Apple iPad Is Ready for Its Closeup

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Apple iPad Is Ready for Its Closeup

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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The iPad's glossy 9.7-inch touch screen provides 1024 by 768 pixel resolution. The device is powered by a custom 1GHz A4 processor.

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Apple is choosing to highlight the iPad's environmental sustainability, including arsenic-free display glass, mercury-free LCD display, and a recyclable aluminum and glass frame.

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The WiFi-only model weighs 1.5 pounds, while the WiFi- and 3G-enabled model, due later in April, will weigh 1.6 pounds.

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The iBookstore, which appears to be built on an iTunes interface, is Apple's platform for challenging other e-readers such as Amazon.com's Kindle. Apple claims approximately 250,000 ebooks were downloaded by midnight on April 3.

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The iPad's backlit screen allows ebooks to be read in low-light conditions.

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The dynamic e-book interface animates the image of a page turning when a finger is swiped across the screen.

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Unlike other e-readers, the iPad can display books in full color.

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The YouTube selection screen on the iPad allows easy selection of video clips.

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The iPad's iPod application makes use of the device's larger screen to display lengthy playlists in full.

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Here's what a YouTube video looks like on the iPad. The device's rechargeable lithium-polymer battery allows for up to 10 hours of surfing the Web via WiFi, watching video or listening to music.

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Here's Twitter, as displayed on the iPad.

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The iPad runs on a modified version of the iPhone OS, and like the iPhone and iPod Touch displays pages of individual apps.

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Input and output includes a dock connector port, 3.5-millimeter stereo headphone jack, and Micro-SIM card tray for the WiFi- and 3G-enabled iPad models.

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The iPad measures 0.5-inch thick, making it slim enough to fit into virtually all cases built for laptops.

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