Apple (NSDQ: AAPL
) has officially announced the iPad, a device that is similar to the iPhone and iPod Touch, but bigger. So, what’s it for? Apple invited a few developers and publishers on stage to show off some of the features. While they say all 140,00 iPhone apps will work on the iPad starting day one, developers are finding reasons to tweak the apps to take advantage of the 9.7 inch display.
—Pricing and shipping:
Still with AT&T (NYSE: T
) for 3G: Data plans: $14.99 for 250 megs a month, unlimited for $29.99. Free AT&T WiFi. No contract. WiFi only models ship in 60 days; 3G models in 90. The price: $499 for the base model with WiFi and 16GB; $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64 GB. Add $130 for 3G and the most expensive model is $829. Of course, that doesn’t include what it will cost to accessorize, say adding a case, or the handy-dandy wireless keyboard dock. (Slide show tour
of the iPad and its capabilities.)
As we saw live at the Apple event in San Francisco, here’s how the tablet could be used in practice across a variety of mediums, including games and newspapers: