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The iPad Thread

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Chris Blount, Jan 25, 2010.

How much will the Apple tablet cost?

  1. $199

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  2. $299

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  3. $399

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  4. $499

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  5. $599

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  6. $699

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  7. $799

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  8. $899

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    21.3%
  9. $999

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    12.8%
  1. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I'm also wondering/hoping AT&T will offer that half-price limited data plan to iPhone customers. I know I mostly use WiFi and only use 3G/Edge when I absolutely have to... and there are more and more free WiFi hotspots popping up every day. Heck, McDonald's free WiFi alone covers a lot of territory!

    Also snuck in under the radar... the Apple Web site says the iPad has b/g/N WiFi. That's cool, as the iPhone did not have "N" WiFi.

    Another thing I saw by reading the Apple site... there are slightly more differences in the 3G vs non-3G model. For instance, only the 3G model iPad has GPS.
     
  2. Grentz

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    Well it does not have real GPS, it uses assisted GPS which is why it only comes with the 3G model (it uses 3G and Wifi to get a position, not GPS sats).
     
  3. ncxcstud

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    Is that the same thing that the iPod touch uses to find your 'location'? And when you move your router to a new city, it still thinks you're back in South Carolina? What is it called? Skyhook or something like that?

    Or does the iPhone/3G/3GS/iPad 3G a different system?
     
  4. Grentz

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    It is that plus cell site using the 3G, so it is a bit better. But still far from an actual GPS.

    Wifi location sensing is BS IMO, it works in so few places and usually only large cities with lots of known hotspots. 3G sensing is better though since it can use cell towers.
     
  5. trdrjeff

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    I think this will end up being as successful as the Newton ;)
     
  6. Steve

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    I have a Newton wrapped up somewhere in my basement! I'm hoping some day it will become a collector's item. :lol:
     
  7. dpeters11

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    N was mentioned at the event, it was on the slides they showed.

    The 3GS doesn't have N, but the latest Touch could. It has the hardware, just not the software. Apple could basically turn it on with an OS update (for the low price of $5.)
     
  8. Greg Alsobrook

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    This is pretty funny. Wired posted this on Twitter. Read the reactions of people on the MacRumors forum when the iPod was announced in 2001. At least read the first page... You'll get the idea...

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=500
     
  9. Galley

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    The MLB.com app looks amazing! Everyone with an MLB.TV subscription can watch games for free on the iPhone and iPad.
     
  10. tcusta00

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    That's pretty funny. ANOTHER mp3 player?? :lol:
     
  11. Grentz

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    To be fair the first ipod generations did not take off much. Thanks also to them being stupid and limiting to Mac only for the first Gen and sticking with firewire for a long time. Plus they were expensive, very expensive.

    The 1G/2G iPod was never that great, I had a few friends and family with them at the time and there were better players IMO at the time. The Mini and 4G really killed the competition of the time though and that is when the iPod really took hold of everything IMO.
     
  12. ncxcstud

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    I used a Mac every day in college. I still prefer a PC and Windows :). Their use for me, doesn't justify spending over 1K to almost 2.5K for a laptop.

    My $500.00 laptop works great and I don't have to worry about compatibility issues or using virtual machine software at all.
     
  13. Chris Blount

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    That really is very funny to read. Sometimes I think that people who don't understand or can't afford Apple products tend to knock everything Apple does.

    I think the iPad is the first generation of products that will completely replace printed commercial media. I would bet that thanks to the launch of this product (and the Kindle), 10 years from now you will be hard pressed to find magazines, newspapers and some books in paper format.
     
  14. Steve

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    Actually, Sony can arguably go down in history as the pioneer of the concept, much like they pioneered the concept of portable, personal music players back in the 1979.
     
  15. Chris Blount

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    Fair enough but my point is that Apple has the knack of making concepts markeatable to the point of mass adoption.
     
  16. dpeters11

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    I'd actually forgotten about all that, the Mac only stuff and such. The problem was that it would have been pretty much impossible to see from the first iPods where it would end up. I'm not interested in iPad 1.0, but I'm willing to revisit it after a few generations.

    The web experience won't be that great until either 1. it supports flash, or 2. sites stop using flash, and go with something else, like HTML5 etc. I would not be upset if a plugin were no longer needed.
     
  17. Nick

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    Mass adoption? Somehow that reminds me of "Brangelina".

    What's that??? They are? :eek2:

    Never mind...back to your regularly scheduled topic! :p
     
  18. dennisj00

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    As a long time Apple resistor but iPhone / Touch adopter, I'm interested in the iPad and would be very interested if they had included multi-tasking and a cam. Possibly V2 or iPad+?

    I do agree they're well positioned for the demise of print media.
     
  19. Stewart Vernon

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    Dumb question..

    I see a lot about disappointment in no multi-tasking with the iPad, and the iPhone as well.

    So the question is... just what kinds of multi-tasking are people wanting to do on these devices?

    I've had my iPhone for nearly a year now... and I can't think of a time when I needed to run more than one app at the same time.
     
  20. Grentz

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    Music in the background. Switching between a web browser and iWork document, leaving apps open so they dont completely restart when you switch to something else for a second, etc.
     

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